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Why would leaders in either area be so short-sighted as to risk irreparable harm to their priceless environment, destroying it for their children and children's children?
Your County Commissioners, Sofia Benavides, Alex Dominguez, David Garza and Gus Ruiz are just that short-sighted, not just in approving a hideous LNG plant near the Port of Brownsville, but in gifting the ultra-rich corporation nearly $400 million in tax abatements.(One might excuse Mrs. Benavides as she's pretty much clueless, but she ran for the office, thus bears responsibility. County Judge Eddie Trevino voted against the abatement.) That's like paying someone a huge sum to destroy your home.
"But doesn't NG stand for natural gas, a clean burning fuel?" some confused residents ask.
Yes, but that's not what an LNG plant does, burn natural gas. It compresses natural gas to 1/600th of its original volume, a messy, dirty, complicated, heavily polluting process.
At the Port of Brownsville, the proposed LNG facility would dump millions of gallons of heated effluent each day into one of the healthiest shallow-water bays in the world. The plants’ 500-foot flaring towers—which release mercury, hydrogen sulfide, helium, carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons and other impurities from the natural gas—would burn a couple of miles downwind from the state’s most popular beach.
Local environmental groups estimate that air pollution will quadruple in the Brownsville-South Padre Island metroplex, a 10-mile stretch of coastline, residential neighborhoods and small businesses that may soon sit under the brown-cloud haze of pollution already familiar to residents of industrialized regions like Corpus Christi, Galveston and Houston.
The purification and refrigeration process for LNG is so energy-intensive that the amount of greenhouse gas emissions for this region would be staggering.
Now, imagine three huge LNG plants, the number currently applying, along Padre Island Highway from the Port of Brownsville to near Port Isabel. Think ahead to about 2030, when the current shrinking demand for natural gas worldwide drops below profitability.
Cameron County will be stuck with 500 foot tall piles of hazardous waste and chemical cleanup. Who will pay to remove the dangerous eyesore?