Their city council, many Eagle Passonians (or is it Eagle Passites?) and many others don’t want this coal mine to expand, especially because of the impact on water and other pollution to both Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras. The Dos Republicas coal mine is a binational company with big money.
Writer Sara Inés Calderón says it best in her last paragraph:
Money and power versus clean air and water. This is not a new story, especially not along the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo) where millions of people in the state of Texas (not to mention along the rivers’ long route from Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico) get their water. How will it end? Let’s hope not now most of these stories end, where corporate interests get their way, hopefully it ends the way it would in the movies — with the triumph of the underdog.