By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
As several proposed Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) facilities at the Port of Brownsville are in the works, LNG associates from one company visited the South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation (EDC) as well as the Point Isabel Independent School District (PIISD) on Tuesday to further relationships with the surrounding communities.
Cofounder of Texas LNG Langtry Meyer came to the EDC Tuesday morning to give a presentation regarding Texas LNG’s proposed facility. He noted that he was thrilled by the welcome response he has received and ensured the board that Texas LNG is a responsible developer with notable partners including part-owner Samsung. Meyer gave a short presentation on the benefits of natural gas saying that by condensing the gas into liquid form, the volume shrinks by 600 times, increasing efficiency in the transportation process. Meyer said that LNG is the cleanest fossil fuel and the second largest commodity in world trade opportunities behind crude oil.
Texas LNG evaluated numerous locations on the coast and decided on Brownsville because of the 625 acres of undeveloped land capable of supporting the project. In addition, the industrial area and deep water channel for carriers were important factors. Before the project can begin construction, Texas LNG must undergo a rigorous application process with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which will include environmental impact studies.
According to Meyer, he came to the board to dispel some misconceptions and misinformation. He said that LNG has a successful track record in safety and argued that the small size of the project will minimize their environmental footprint. In addition, the site will connect to the electric grid causing minimal emissions. He also pointed out that LNG is non-toxic and both odorless and colorless. In addition, it is insoluble with water and if spilled would rapidly evaporate.
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