2002 Goldman Prize winner Alexis Massol-Gonzalez and his son Arturo Massol are at the forefront of the fight against Puerto Rico’s proposed Via Verde pipeline project. The pipeline’s planned route threatens thousands of acres of rainforest, rivers, and wildlife.
In early January we reported on the campaign’s progress as news broke of a court decision to deny Via Verde’s request to expropriate residential land for building, temporarily stopping the project in its tracks.
Today the momentum continues to build following an announcement that Puerto Rico’s governor, Luis Fortuno, signed an executive order to identify alternate, less-destructive routes for the pipeline. The announcement came on the heels of a major anti-pipeline demonstration. Massol will continue to keep us updated on the status of the project in the months ahead.