Anti-energy left opposes more LNG terminals in Texas
Texans for Natural Gas:
This week, at an event hosted by the Sierra Club-backed “Save the RGV from LNG” campaign, two anti-gas activists from Oregon and Maryland spoke about their efforts to halt U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. Promoted as a way to “build a resistance” against the three planned LNG export terminals at the Port of Brownsville, the event is another example of out of state activists misleading local Texas communities to promote the anti-fossil fuel “Keep It In the Ground” agenda.The Sierra Club does not have the best interests of the Rio Grande Valley at heart. Its energy policy would be especially harsh on the poor and drive up the cost of energy for everyone. It would also kill badly needed jobs in places like the Rio Grande Valley. As someone who lived in the Valley at one time, I know how important these jobs would be to that economy.
The three planned LNG export facilities in Brownsville each represent a substantial economic opportunity for the local community. NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG facility alone is expected to create up to 6,000 jobs, supporting 3,000 permanent jobs in Cameron County alone. Additionally, construction of the Annova LNG project is estimated to generate $190 million in state and local tax revenues, while direct investment in the Texas LNG export terminal is projected to be nearly $1.3 billion.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick wrote a letter to then Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Norman Bay urging him to approve the Texas LNG project:
“The Texas Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Brownsville Project will provide a much needed outlet for the eco-rich supply of Texas natural gas, which will prompt domestic economic growth.”
Yet Sierra Club, its Save the RGV from LNG campaign, and the two out of state activists brought to Brownsville earlier this week stood opposed to jobs and critical tax revenue for local communities. Donny Yanqui, one of the speakers at Monday’s event and member of activist group “We Are Cove Point,” led efforts in Maryland to stop Dominion’s Cove Point LNG export facility, a project estimated to represent $3.8 billion in investment. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted the project approval in 2014 and it is currently about 84 percent complete, despite Sierra Club’s challenges to block the project.