By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Eduardo Campirano, director and CEO of the Port of Brownsville, spoke during the general meeting of the Los Fresnos Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, discussing the industries and services the Port provides.
During the nearly hour-long presentation, which included a visual presentation, Campirano also addressed the recent controversy regarding proposed plans to house up to five Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities on Port land.
Campirano offered a rebuttal to recent criticisms from environmental groups that warn the facilities would create pollution and be a detriment to the fragile ecosystem of the Bahia Grande. “I think the Port is getting unfairly portrayed as not caring, or not being a player in looking at that balance between environmental stewardship and development,” he said. He continued by describing how the Port has made numerous strides to aid such stewardship, including the Port’s role in the re-emergence of the endangered aplomado falcon.
“We have been part of the success of the reintroduction of the aplomado falcon,” he said. The Port also has an ongoing agreement with the Peregrine Fund to find and harvest aplomado falcon eggs and hatchlings as part of conservation efforts, he said. In addition, the Port has also set aside 4,600 acres of land, known as the Las Lomas Wildlife Corridor, that will remain undeveloped, he said.
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