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Activists protest LNG project

June 16, 2018 GMT

On Friday, local activists opposed to development of liquefied natural gas facilities at the Port of Brownsville staged a “Frack-Free Next Decade” demonstration in front of The Westin hotel in The Woodlands, the site of NextDecade’s annual stockholders meeting.

They were there to demand that the corporation drop its plans for the proposed Rio Grande LNG terminal at the port and corresponding 140-mile Rio Bravo pipeline, which would carry natural gas to the terminal from the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin.

Also, local residents who live near the proposed terminal site delivered a letter to NextDecade executives detailing what they say would be the negative environmental and social impacts of the project.

NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG is the largest of three LNG export terminals that have been proposed for the port, though all three projects are still awaiting a decision from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on whether they will be allowed to proceed. A draft environment impact statement for the Rio Grande project is expected from FERC this year.

sclark@brownsvilleherald.com

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