The Save RGV from LNG coalition is asking for your help to stop three liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals and pipelines proposed for the Port of Brownsville, TX.
We have been fighting the LNG companies in the streets, on the beaches, and in the press with our own means for the last four years.
Now it is time to fight in the courtroom as well. Environmental lawyers are expensive! Our first goal is to raise $10,000. A successful case might stop an LNG company or it might create a delay of a year or two while the company conforms with the law. That may be all it takes to stop investors.
About Save RGV from LNG:
We are a coalition of community organizations and individuals across the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, working to keep our land, air, water, and families safe from three polluting LNG export terminals. We have been growing for the past 4 years.
+ We successfully campaigned to prevent tax abatement for two of these billion dollar natural gas companies. + We sent over a thousand public comments to regulatory agencies, government officials, and newspapers. + We mobilized several cities to pass resolutions opposing LNG. + We are also working to protect indigenous sacred sites from being bulldozed and productive wetlands from being destroyed. + We are working with Rainforest Action Network, Friends of the Earth France to pressure French banks not to finance LNG, pipelines or fracking. + We are working with Irish groups trying to stop importation of LNG from Brownsville.
More about LNG:
LNG is Liquefied Natural Gas, and three different companies want to build massive export terminals at our Port of Brownsville. Exporting LNG is dirty and destructive from start to finish. The gas is extracted via a highly polluting process called "fracking" that has already proven to release unsafe levels of air pollution, contaminate ground water, and cause earthquakes. Texas communities are already suffering from over-drilling.
The fracked gas would then be transported 150 miles via a massive pipeline network to be constructed specifically for the LNG companies. All pipelines can leak or explode. And Texas is known for having virtually no safety monitoring of pipeline systems, making leaks, accidents and explosions more likely. Landowners that refuse the pipeline crossing their property could have their land seized anyway by eminent domain.
Pipelines are pressurized to 1200 to 1500 psi (not a typo, over one thousand pounds per square inch). Every hundred miles or so a compressor station is required to bring up the pressure. A 150 mile pipeline would have three compressor stations, at the beginning, middle, and end. Periodically, the pipeline is "blown out" to remove liquids condensed on the walls of the pipe, toxic liquids and greenhouse gases.
Finally, the gas reaches one of three industrial LNG export terminals, that altogether will transform 2,200 acres of wetlands and wildlife corridor into polluting industrial complexes. Massive amounts of natural gas will be purified and liquefied, an energy-intensive process that uses highly flammable hydrocarbons. The LNG is then stored in huge tanks for export. The companies are: Annova LNG, Texas LNG, and Rio Grande LNG. LNG export terminals have their own safety and pollution risks.
We already know that these terminals will be the single largest-source emitter of air pollution in the county by releasing particulates, smog, and volatile organic compounds. These export terminals will have a recommended 3 mile hazard evacuation zone that will include much of Port Isabel. If all three LNG terminals are built, non-LNG access to the Brownsville Ship Channel will become a major issue. The Brownsville shrimping fleet and other Channel users will be negatively affected.
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