June 4, 2023


Moving Forward

Rio Grande LNG hosts open house: ‘Final investment decision’ expected before end of June

A check out of the Port of Brownsville ship channel Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Houston-primarily based NextDecade Company suggests it expects to make a choice the 1st quarter of this 12 months whether or not to develop the 1st stage of its planned Rio Grande LNG facility at the Port of Brownsville, north of the ship channel. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald)

The Rio Grande LNG terminal that NextDecade Company wants to make between Condition Highway 4 and the Brownsville Ship Channel is the subject matter of a general public open up residence staying held Thursday, April 13, in Port Isabel.

LNG stands for “liquefied pure gasoline.” NextDecade is nearing a closing expenditure decision (FID) on regardless of whether to continue with plans for a facility on 984 acres at the port to liquefy pure gasoline (transported to the facility by using the proposed Rio Brave Pipeline) and export it to international markets. The terminal would instantly effects 761 acres, according to the firm.

The to start with stage of the challenge would price an believed $11.5 billion to build and consist of 3 “trains,” or particular person liquefaction models, collectively able of making up to 16 million metric tons of LNG per year. Thoroughly crafted out with 5 trains, the facility would have a production capacity of 27 million metric tons yearly.

NextDecade, which explained it expects to make a Ultimate Expenditure Conclusion just before the stop of June, on its web-site describes Rio Grande LNG as “the greatest privately funded infrastructure challenge in the condition of Texas.”

The April 13 open household can take position at the Port Isabel Party & Cultural Heart, 309 Railroad St. in two periods: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The nonprofit, grass-roots environmental group Save RGV (previously Preserve RGV From LNG), options a protest all through the evening session and invites volunteers and speakers to go to. The group has extended opposed the challenge due to the environmental damage it predicts will consequence along with unfavorable impacts on protection, high quality of life and the area’s fishing and recreation economies.

NextDecade touts the challenge as environmentally responsible. Its website states: “By combining emissions reduction associated with our carbon capture and storage challenge, responsibly sourced fuel, and our pledge to use internet-zero electrical energy, Rio Grande LNG is predicted to produce a decreased carbon intensive LNG for the world.”

Commissioners with the Brownsville Navigation District, the port’s governing system, on March 15 permitted a resolution to preserve the Las Lomas wetlands within the port’s 40,000 acres. NextDecade has dedicated to establishing a long term conservation easement of 1,500 acres of Las Lomas on announcement of a positive FID — that it is going forward with building of the project.

The organization explained Rio Grande LNG’s in general environmental mitigation plan entails conserving a lot more than 4,000 acres, together with Las Lomas, 1,530 acres of the Miradores Mitigation Web-site (370 acres to be restored to wetlands and the relaxation to native thorn scrub habitat), and 1,050 acres involved with the Dulaney Farms tract, guarded in coordination with The Conservation Fund in 2021 to broaden the Laguna Atascosa Countrywide Wildlife Refuge ocelot habitat spot.

From remaining: John Woods, Ludivina Estrada, Bekkah Hinojosa and Freddie Jiménez protest outdoors the Port Isabel Function and Cultural Center on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (Dina Arévalo | [email protected])

Jim Chapman, a Save RGV board member and president of Pals of the Wildlife Corridor, mentioned the Las Lomas conservation venture has been planned for years, component of NextDecade’s software for a Area 404 Permit, demanded less than the Cleanse H2o Act “before dredged or fill material may well be discharged into waters of the United States.”

Conserve RGV wishes Las Lomas to be protected in perpetuity but is however and constantly will be firmly opposed to Rio Grande LNG, he explained.

“It does not subject what mitigation Rio Grande LNG does, we are towards it,” Chapman explained. “There’s no mitigation that will make up for the hurt that it’s likely to do. … Other than development employment, which go away, Rio Grande LNG is bringing almost nothing excellent to the Valley.”

As for Conserve RGV’s April 13 protest, it will not improve the trajectory of the job but it will deliver a concept, he said.

“It’s not likely to improve any outcome certainly, but we don’t want Rio Grande or the general public to believe that there’s no opposition to this,” Chapman mentioned.

Rio Grande LNG mentioned it will maintain further open homes Brownsville, Harlingen and the Higher Valley in coming months.

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