By KELIN DILLON
One of Mexico’s ejidos, a piece of land commonly owned and farmed by the surrounding native community, won a major battle for its livelihood when federal judges granted an amparo (habeas corpus appeal) against the under-construction $550 million Tula-Villa de Reyes gas pipeline going through Jilotepec, State of Mexico (Edoméx), preventing its further construction through the ejido’s land at the time.
The pipeline, constructed by Canadian company TC Energy as contracted by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in 2016, was set to carry 886 million cubic meters per day of natural gas over the course of 25 years through 420 kilometers of length.
With just 10 kilometers to go, the pipeline now lays in limbo as the federal amparo will suspend its construction until further notice.
While Judges Tito Contreras Pastrana and Gregorio Saucedo granted the suspension, one of their colleagues, Judge Mónica Soto Bueno, voted against the measure, saying the ejido had signed documents allowing the pipeline’s work in 2018.
Meanwhile, the ejido claims in its filed paperwork that there was an omission of consultation, social impact assessment and environmental impact authorization for the project.