Madeleine Kalb Photo Slideshow

Energy Transfer Partners, A Dallas based oil & gas company, has evoked widespread opposition and fear amongst residents of the Big Bend Region of West Texas with their plans and imminent construction of an underground pipeline. Local residents believe that the 143 mile long, 42-inch pipe will destroy the region’s pristine and ancient natural habitat that is still to this day home to indigenous people. Elected Walelu township Chief Bill Hoff who resides in Valentine, TX is a descendent of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi Tribe of Cherokee Nation who is strongly opposed to the pipeline and the damage he believes it will create for the next seven generations of his people.