Box Elder commissioner joins protest over Ruby Pipeline

Box Elder County Commissioner Jay Hardy has been appointed to the nine-county Ruby Pipeline Corridor Coalition which will meet later this month. The coalition includes all counties the natural gas pipeline will cross on its way to Oregon. The coalition was created to protest the deal Ruby Pipeline’s parent company, El Paso Corporation, made with Western Watersheds and two other environmental groups. El Paso will pay $15 million to Western Watersheds to avoid litigation efforts from the environmental organization. Commissioners say Western Watersheds has the agenda to remove public use of public land.Will Cache County also be part of the coalition? There is an item on the agenda for Tuesday’s Cache County Council meeting to discuss the Ruby Pipeline agreement with Western Watershed. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the Historic Cache County Courthouse. The coalition will meet on Thursday, August 12 in Salt Lake City.

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