Gulf of Mexico

TX - Federal energy regulator rejects communities' pleas to reconsider LNG project

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will not rehear a dispute between three South Texas municipalities and the company slated to build the largest liquefied natural gas terminal at the Port of Brownsville, the FERC said last week.

In a 61-page opinion, two of the FERC's three commissioners denied a request by the cities of Port Isabel and South Padre Island and the town of Laguna Vista to reconsider its decision to authorize NextDecade Corp. to build an LNG processing plant, export terminal and adjoining pipeline at the port. The Sierra Club and a local organization created to oppose the presence of LNG at the port joined the challenge.

In a Friday statement, Sierra Club's Brownsville organizer, Rebekah Hinojosa, said the FERC has "completely dismissed" local residents' concerns and "signaled that we do not have the same environmental rights as other people."

"These projects would disproportionately impact our already-marginalized Latino community, subject us to increased air pollution, and threaten our local tourism economy," Hinojosa said.

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