Thursday, July 8, 2010
According to a shocking investigative report by Chief Investigative Reporter George Knapp at KLAS-TV 8 News NOW in Las Vegas, the Bureau of Land Management’s Calico Hills wild horse roundup last winter proved to be among the bloodiest mustang operation in memory.
The government captured 1,800 wild horses from half a million rugged and remote acres in northern Nevada. More than 100 horses died, some at the roundup site, most at the holding facility. In addition, dozens of pregnant mares aborted their young.
Wild horse advocates are used to seeing horses removed from the public range to make room for cattle, but they began to suspect another possible motive.
Filmmaker Ginger Kathrens was perplexed why BLM would proceed with a roundup, against the advice of a Federal judge, in the dead of winter, and when the BLM’s own reports indicated there was little or no justification for the operation on the range itself. The horses and the land were in good shape.
She and others started focusing on plans for the Ruby Pipeline, a gigantic project to transport natural gas from Wyoming to Oregon while slicing through five separate herd areas. The 42 inch pipe would require a six foot trench nearly 700 miles long and a parallel, all-weather access road through land that has no roads.
As it turns out, one of the largest users of the pipeline will be BP. A copy of the contract was obtained by the website AboveTopSecret.