Anti-energy left continues its war against Rio Grand Valley LNG projects and job creation

Fuel Fix:
Opponents of three proposed liquefied natural gas projects in the Rio Grande Valley have hit the projects with three simultaneous federal lawsuits.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Shrimpers and Fisherman of the RGV, challenging the issuance of a wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Rio Grande LNG and the Rio Bravo Pipeline, two projects being developed by Houston liquefied natural gas company NextDecade.

Save RGV From LNG, the Sierra Club, Vecinos para el Bienestar de la Comunidad Costera and the city of Port Isabel filed two lawsuits challenging the permits issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Annova LNG and Texas LNG projects.

“In their approvals of these three highly polluting fracked gas export facilities, federal agencies violated the law by ignoring serious threats to local communities and the environment of the Rio Grande Valley,”Sierra Club Senior Attorney Nathan Matthews said. “It is unacceptable for these agencies to refuse to consider environmental justice and the irreparable harm these projects would cause, and today we continue the fight to hold them accountable and ensure these toxic facilities are never built.”
That is a remarkable statement considering how natural gas has actually reduced CO2 emissions in this country and where LNG is used instead of coal.  With a shrinking job market caused by the coronavirus, these suits are doing job seekers in the Valley no favor with their opposition to the projects.  These plants would actually reduce the flaring of natural gas in the oil patch.


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