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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asks feds to approve Texas LNG project

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One of the top politicians in the Lone Star State is asking federal regulators to “look favorably” at a controversial liquefied natural gas export project proposed at a port a few hours south of San Antonio.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick filed a public comment with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in support of the proposed Texas LNG project at the Port of Brownsville.

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Houston-based Texas LNG is asking the FERC for permission to take natural gas extracted from the Eagle Ford Shale, pipeline it to the Port of Brownsville in the Rio Grande Valley, liquify it and ship it overseas via tankers.

While Patrick favors the project, environmentalists and a coalition of cities, businesses and residents have come out against it. The lieutenant governor’s letter of support was originally filed with the FERC on May 16 but was not released by the federal agency’s Office of External Affairs until last week.

In his letter to FERC Chairman Norman Bay, Patrick wrote that the project will create 700 regional construction jobs over a 58-month period and represents $1.3 billion of direct investment — as well as generating more than $11 million in state and local tax revenue annually.

“The Texas Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Brownsville project will provide a much-needed outlet for the eco-rich supply of Texas natural gas, which will prompt domestic economic growth,” Patrick wrote in his letter.

Texas LNG is one of three companies trying to build liquefied natural gas export terminals in the Port of Brownsville but the projects face opposition from an environmental group named Save RGV from LNG, which has rallied several communities against the export terminals.

A San Antonio Business Journal review of FERC records show that 30 comments and 165 motions to intervene have been filed as part of Texas LNG’s application with federal regulators.

Patrick, Texas Southmost College and the Los Fresnos Area Chamber of Commerce have filed comments of support, but almost all of the rest of the filings are opposed to the Texas LNG project.


Tags: natural gas, energy, FERC


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