Did you know that there are five commercial pipelines running underneath Placitas? These single-wall pipelines move toxic materials like butane, crude oil, and gasoline under extremely high pressure, and if one was to leak or rupture (as pipelines often do), it could spell disaster for Placitas. Recently, two pipeline operators applied for and were granted permits by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to increase operating pressure without public comment. To make matters worse, we have four (4) high pressure pipelines running in our most active creek, Las Huertas Creek and crossing 34 other arroyos where they become exposed when water runoff carries away the soil that is supposed to keep them buried. Read LPA’s research and see more photos on our Pipeline Safety page.