TX - Opponents of Texas Port LNG Terminals Inch Closer to Lawsuit
Environmentalists and other opponents of three proposed liquefied natural gas export terminals at the Port of Brownsville are one step closer to filing a federal lawsuit to halt the projects after losing requests to have permit decisions reconsidered.
Over the past week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied requests filed by the Sierra Club, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and other opponents to reconsider the agency’s Nov. 21 decision to issue permits for the Texas LNG, Annova LNG, Rio Grande LNG and the supporting Rio Bravo Pipeline.
Under federal law, the next step for opponents seeking to stop the projects would be filing a lawsuit.
“These projects would disproportionately impact our already-marginalized Latino community, subject us to increased air pollution, and threaten our local tourism economy,” Sierra Club Brownsville organizer Rebekah Hinojosa said in a statement. “With this decision, FERC has completely dismissed those concerns and signaled that we do not have the same environmental rights as other people. We will not stop fighting to ensure that these dangerous facilities are never built.”