The Human Nature Behind the News in Brownsville, Texas by Jim Barton
Friday, September 11, 2015
Joseph Cantu Not Impressed with Cameron County Commissioners Court Tabling LNG Tax Abatement
From the editor: Below is a comment from Joseph Cantu, valuable, not simply for its common sense, but also, because he claims experience in the petrochemical field, yet opposes the LNG plants for Cameron County:
Joseph Cantu and daughter
I was there and I was not impressed. Why table this agenda item? Everyone of them sitting up there knows good and damn well why the place was full. The people, who will vote again, are saying we don't want them here much less give them tax abatements. What part of community consensus don't they understand? If Sofia Benavides truly represents precinct 1 then she should listen to the people from SPI and that portion of PI that is staunchly opposed. You have over 600 signature on a petition against, some 15-20 people that were to speak against and only 5 for LNG at this meeting and all they did was lay an egg and table it. These "elected" representatives of the people have been sitting in place too long. How easy to sit back and say yes to LNG for Brownsville and so what if it affects SPI, PI and LV. Being born and raised in Brownsville i find it disturbing to see. I was bitterly amused when Sepulveda said that if those 15-20 speaking against LNG are just going to repeat ideas then we're just going to ask for 3 or 4. I raised my hand to ask him that if the 5 for LNG are just going to repeat their ideas could we just allow 1 or 2 of them to speak. The dude is out of touch. Some of us have worked in the petrochem industry and many have at least wholeheartedly researched in depth the dirty business of LNG from exploration to export. If they had done any due diligence on the matter they would have stepped up Thursdays morning. I say next election cycle the eggs they laid this week should hatch.