Those concerned about Liquefied Natural Gas met in Brownsville to discuss the proposal of upcoming LNG facilities.
Members from communities where existing LNG facilities are underway, visit the valley.
Activists from Oregon and Maryland visit local groups in the Rio Grande Valley. They discuss Liquefied Natural Gas. They share their success and their tactics fighting their respective LNG companies.
Donny Williams a Maryland activist from ‘We are Cove Point’ says, “Organizing works great, just working with the communities around us, Mobilizing people to let them know about what the issues are and the impacts that we have on our own lives, cause the industry is not going to tell us that.”
Three LNG companies are aiming to settle at the Port of Brownsville. From filing to construction, activists are fighting every step of the way.
“Not just resist the permits but also resist once it’s actually being built,” says Williams, “We’ve been keeping up this fight just as heavy as ever.”
A top concerns is pollution and negative environmental impacts.
Ted Gleichman from The Oregon Sierra Club says, “The impact that these folks would have on the planet, on the local area and on the people of our community is just horrible.”
Anti LNG groups are growing in Brownsville. Last year, there was a small room discussing other communities. ..This week, we see them join forces with other groups. They may have different battles but they share a common goal.
“We can’t prioritize money over the well being of our families or neighbors,” says Williams.
“We have a chance to make a difference. But we need to recognize that the way things worked in the past isn’t going to cut it for the future,” states Gleichman.
In a recent post Texas LNG announced the companies that will design and build their export facility.
You can learn more from the local activist group at savergvfromlng.com