By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Dozens of local vendors crowded into a conference room on the first floor of the Hilton Garden Inn on South Padre Island for a workshop hosted by Rio Grande LNG Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, on the sidewalk out past the hotel’s long driveway stood a small group of demonstrators armed with boldly printed signs which read “No LNG.”
The tug-o-war to influence what image of LNG is projected to the public continues. On one side, industry representatives were enthusiastic about the progress being made by the billion dollar company which hopes to be one of three companies to construct a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminal along the Brownsville Ship Channel. On the other, local members of the grassroots movement, Save RGV from LNG, are determined to keep their voices heard as they protest against these companies in a state that has historically been friendly towards the energy industry.
Rio Grande LNG’s Island workshop was just one of five scheduled in cities across the Rio Grande Valley this week designed to gauge interest and register potential vendors hoping to secure contracts with the company as its progress continues.
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