Letter to the Editor for December 13, 2018

first_img Share Special to the PRESSEditor’s Note: The following is a letter sent by Eric C. Kennedy, of SpawGlass, to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in support of Rio Grande LNG. It is reprinted here by request.Dear Ms. Bose,As president of the SpawGlass South Texas Division, not only do I live in the Rio Grande Valley, I am experienced in planning and managing large construction projects in this region. I am also experienced in planning and executing environmental mitigation measures related to construction.Based on my professional experience and my research, I want to voice my support for the proposed Rio Grande LNG facility and associated pipeline for the following reasons:– The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a favorable draft Environmental Impact Statement that has determined that the project’s environmental impacts would be reduced to less than significant levels. This comprehensive report is based on years of review by a number of federal, state and local agencies, as well as public input.– During construction, the developers will follow project-specific plans to mitigate any environmental impacts, including storm water pollution prevention, sediment and soil recovery, dust control, migratory bird conservation, wetland and waterbody impacts, and erosion control.– Regarding air quality, both the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the federal Environmental Protection Agency determined the project would meet or exceed air quality standards.– The proposed export terminal is in an ideal location in an area zoned for commercial and industrial use along an existing, man-made ship channel.– The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Letter of Recommendation indicating that the Brownsville Ship Channel is suitable for LNG marine traffic.– Rio Grande LNG and the Rio Bravo Pipeline will bring significant direct and indirect economic impacts to the region, including job skills training, thousands of jobs during construction, and more than 200 permanent jobs during operations.As a community leader, resident, parent, and business owner in the Rio Grande Valley, I support Rio Grande LNG.Sincerely,Eric C. Kennedy, ACSouth Texas Division PresidentWant the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedLetters to the Editor for March 8, 2018Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, I have learned this day of the tragic passing of Elizabeth Sweeten. “Liz” was at first to me a reporter that covered the Port starting in the early 80’s and then became a dear friend. Liz always maintained her professional responsibility. She reported the…March 9, 2018In “News”Port Isabel sues Port of Brownsville over potential LNG export plant leases  By Gaige Davila [email protected]   The City of Port Isabel, with Port Isabel Mayor Juan Jose “JJ” Zamora and Port Isabel City Commissioner Martin Cantu, have filed a lawsuit against the Port of Brownsville for its lease agreements with liquified natural gas (LNG) companies.  Texas LNG, Annova LNG and…February 6, 2020In “News”Open for Comment: FERC holds public meeting for Rio Grande LNG, Texas LNG projectsFERC holds public meeting for Rio Grande LNG, Texas LNG projects By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] The Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) was in town last Thursday to host a public comment session regarding the latest updates on two proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal projects. Recently,…November 23, 2018In “News”last_img read more