After learning of the El Paso Electric Company’s plans to construct a natural gas power plant near the Montana Vista subdivision of far east El Paso County, residents mobilized. Some have joined Far East El Paso Citizens United, a 200-member coalition opposed to a project it alleges will adversely affect the environment in the colonia. Officials with the company say that not only is the proposed plant necessary to meet the growing demand of the county and city, but it is following all regulations and using the latest and safest technology possible. This series of photographs illustrates the divide. Photos by Ivan Pierre Aguirre.
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