Anti-LNG campaign set for Valley

BROWNSVILLE — A little more than a week ago, the first of three companies filed an application for a permit to build a liquefied natural gas export terminal at the Port of Brownsville.

In response, a group will hold an anti-LNG campaign event this week.

The group Save RGV from LNG will deliver a presentation Monday, highlighting the experiences of the residents of Lusby, Maryland.

The presentation will be about Dominion LNG’s Cove Point liquefied natural gas export terminal under construction there.

The purpose of the presentation, according to the group, is to give Rio Grande Valley residents an idea of what to expect if LNG facilities are built at the Port of Brownsville.

Three companies have announced plans to construct export terminals at the port, projects currently under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The free public meeting also will provide an update on the three LNG projects and Save RGV’s efforts to stop them, including a discussion of the next steps, the group said.

The meeting takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Historic Alonzo Building, 510 E. St. Charles St. Refreshments and child care will be provided.

Stefanie Herwick of the Lower RGV Sierra Club will deliver the Cove Point presentation. Rebekah Hinojosa, of the Sierra Club’s Lone Star chapter, and Bill Berg and Juanita Stringfield, of Save RGV, also will speak.

Save RGV describes itself as a citizens’ group formed to raise economic, environmental and safety concerns in response to proposals by the three companies — Annova LNG, Rio Grande LNG and Texas LNG — to build export terminals at the port.

For more information, email rebekah.hinojosa@sierraclub.org or visit Save RGV from LNG’s Facebook page.

Houston-based Texas LNG on March 31 announced it had filed a full application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting authorization to construct and operate its facility.

Texas LNG, Annova LNG and NextDecade LNG submitted their “pre-filing” applications in March 2015. The full application is the next step in the process. Texas LNG has a 625-acre lease option at the port.

The company’s long-term plans call for a facility capable of shipping 4 million metric tons of LNG a year, making it the smallest of the three projects. The first phase of the project would have a capacity of 2 million metric tons a year.

Annova and NextDecade, when fully built out, would have total annual capacities of 6 million and 27 million metric tons, respectively.

While some oppose the LNG plants, others support it, citing, job creation and the potential for improving the economy of area.