In August 2010, an energy company in Puerto Rico submitted an application to begin the Via Verde Pipeline project, a natural gas pipeline.
The proposed 92-mile pipeline would have crossed the entire island of Puerto Rico, running through mountainous areas, rain forests, coastal areas, and habitats of species indigenous only to Puerto Rico, as well as human populated areas. Due to public outcry, the Via Verde project was shut down and is no longer an option.
If the pipeline was allowed to continue, it would have threatened over 78 endangered and threatened species, as well as many others, including, but not limited to:
- Antillean Manatee
- Green Sea Turtle
- Leatherback Sea Turtle
- Hawksbill Sea Turtle
- Puerto Rican Sharp-Shinned Hawk
- Puerto Rican Broad-Winged Hawk
- Golden Coqui
- Puerto Rican Crested Toad
- Puerto Rican Boa
- Yellow-Shouldered Black Bird
- Puerto Rican Parrot
- Brown Pelican
- Puerto Rican Plain Pigeon
- Launched a public awareness campaign
- Launched a petition
- Joined an alliance with the Mibodega Agency
- Worked with Congressman Luis Gutierrezs office
- Worked with the Center for Biological Diversity
In October 2011, a notice of intent to sue was sent to the US Army Corps of Engineers based on numerous violations of the Endangered Species Act by the Vermont School of Law.
Congressman Luis Gutierrez has stepped forward in supporting efforts to stop the Via Verde.
One World Conservation is not a litigant in the legal case. We support the protection of all endangered species and belive that the Via Verde Pipeline must be stopped and other alternatives found.