The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved several companies to begin building a liquified natural gas export facilities at the Port of Brownsville.
According to a release, the approval came despite finding in the companies’ Environmental Impact Statements that the projects would have wide-ranging adverse impacts on the environment.
“People drive down from all over Texas and the United States to come to the beach at South Padre Island because we offer a pristine coastline and clean air that’s not polluted by the petrochemical industry the way it is in Galveston and Corpus Christi,” said Maria Galasso, a Brownsville native who serves on the board of Save RGV now retired and residing in Laguna Vista. “If we lose that, we lose the linchpin of our beach tourism, nature tourism and real estate market.”
While the permits were approved by FERC, we’re told there are still several additional requirements that need to be completed including having to complete the US Army Corps of Engineers permits concerning wetlands impact and mitigation plans, TCEQ air quality permits and obtain Final Investment Decisions from their investors.