|Packed Room at Brownsville Historical Museum for|
TESC Air Quality Hearing for Texas LNG
"You are opposed to the LNG plants at the Port of Brownsville, are you not?" I asked.
"Oh, absolutely!" Hockema replied. "Point Isabel ISD rejected their request for $200,000,000 in tax abatements for a second time and will continue to deny them," he explained.
|Representative Rene Oliveira Opened Meeting,|
Then Left before Public Comment
Pertinent questions were duly noted by the TCEQ panel and recorded to be part of the public record. Scott Nicol asked if devices to monitor air quality had been set up near schools. He was told that the EPA requirement was met with one meter in Brownsville to measure ozone and another in Port Isabel to gauge particulates.
"Has the panel considered the combination of SpaceX and LNG plants in case of a rocket explosion or misfiring?" asked a lady representing the shrimping industry. She came back later to ask if the TCEQ, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, could be sued later if the shrimping industry suffered as a result of the LNG plants. She was told they could.
|Dave Glessner, Permitting General Manager,|
When a resident asked if those jobs would be filled by locals, Glessner assured him that Texas LNG would look for people with "similar skills" and "spend a lot of money on training."
Seemingly unnoticed by the audience, Glessner referred to Cameron County as the country's "second poorest region" with a "per capita income of $26,661," about half the state average.(Should we give car dealer Mike Hernandez's OP 10.33 group credit for pulling Cameron County out of the country's income cellar?)
Glessner was later asked if his company's stated regimen of "checking for leaks every 3 months" was adequate. Certainly, a serious situation could develop in 90 days that could threaten community health.