Letter to the Editor for 2-11-16

Special to the PRESS

Dear Editor,

Valley Lives or Company Profits?

More and more of our Valley communities are in immediate danger from invasive oil and natural gas companies, companies that threaten our health, safety, and local economies.

Our best hope is the election of new Port of Brownsville Commissioners who take our valley wide health, safety, and local economies into consideration while growing the Port as a valley wide and state wide resource.

The filing deadline for three Port Commissioner positions is Feb 19. The vote is May 7. For information and the required forms, call Deborah Duke, (956) 831-4592.

The Port continues to ignore strong local opposition to Annova, Texas, and Rio Grande LNG. Laguna Vista, Port Isabel, South Padre Island, and Long Island Village have all passed resolutions against LNG.  It’s also ignoring the harm Centurion Terminals’ highly flammable condensate trains will be bringing to Raymondville, Harlingen, San Benito, Olmito, and Brownsville on their way to the Port.  The Port’s expansion of its oil export capabilities will mean explosive oil trains running through these same communities.  And the combination of these LNG, condensate, and oil operations will encourage the fracking of northern Mexico’s Burgos Basin (near Reynosa, endangering the health of all who live in the McAllen area).

There is still time to stop or at least limit all the dangers the Port is bringing our way.  We all have right to have a say in advance about everything the Port does that threatens our health, safety, and local economies.  Different communities have different concerns, but we all share a concern over how the Port is ignoring the harm such operations are bringing our way.

Convene a conference of mayors.   Demand that the Port and LNG companies hold a public forum in Port Isabel NOW, before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission makes any decision about any of them.  Demand that the Port and Centurion hold public forums in Harlingen and Brownsville NOW, before the trains start rolling.   Run for Port Commissioner.  Visit saveRGVfromLNG on Facebook. Join us and with each other.  Now.

John Young

San Benito

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