RENO, Nev. (AP) - Despite pleas from Indian tribal representatives, county commissioners approved a permit for a Wyoming-to-Oregon natural gas pipeline to cross northern Washoe County.
Commission Chairman Dave Humke gained a promise Tuesday that Ruby Pipeline executive Dan Gredvig will meet with a representative of the Fort Bidwell Indian Community Council about concerns that the pipeline will damage cultural resources and pristine wildlife areas.
Tribal representative Aaron Townsend says the area between Vya
and the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge is rich with art rock features, tribal sites and plants used in rituals.
El Paso Corp. still has to sign a U.S. Bureau of Land Management agreement for the $3 billion pipeline to cross the land.
The 56-mile route is expected to follow a high-voltage power line through Washoe County.
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