Due to a substantial turnout for one particular agenda item, Alpine’s regular city council meeting was relocated to the civic center on Tuesday afternoon.
Most of the attendees were there to show support for item 12 on the agenda, to discuss and consider opposing – by resolution – the construction of the Trans Pecos Pipeline and all activities that promote its plans and operation “against the expressed will of the Council of the city of Alpine, Texas,” the agenda stated.
First to speak was attorney Steve Anderson, who assured the audience that the pipeline wasn’t a done deal. Several area residents also participated in the citizens comment section, during which all of them spoke out against the proposed pipeline.
Alpine Mayor Avinash Rangra made a short statement that he was concerned about the lack of transparency provided by pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners.
When the time for a vote came, councilmember Julian Gonzales made a motion to accept the resolution. However, there was no second, and the motion died.
Additionally, since the motion was not seconded, there could be no discussion of the proposed resolution.
Following the failed motion, Joel Nelson, an area landowner and vocal opponent of the pipeline, stood and walked out of the civic center, followed by many others.