LETTERS: LNG plants draw fire; Placement for children

LNG plants draw fire

Recently, the paper’s editorial lauded the approval of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permits for the three liquefied natural gas export terminals proposed for the Brownsville Navigation District. But let’s look more critically at these accolades.

1) “While the companies have negotiated abatements with various taxing entities, at least one will be paying a set amount in lieu of the taxes, and the abatements will expire as time goes on, ultimately benefiting cities, counties, school districts and other entities that rely on property tax revenue.”

So, who will pay the costs of the following?

Cost of repairing roads on which large industrial trucks will travel?

Cost of increased traffic accidents due to larger and more dangerous trucks?

Cost to human health and services in Cameron County due to drastically increased pollutants?

Cost of emergency and evacuation procedures that will certainly occur?

The locals will pay for all!

2) “What … will be the procedure and schedule for inspecting pipelines to ensure they are properly maintained and don’t leak?”

The state of Texas has slashed overall spending on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality pollution control programs by more than a third during a decade when the oil and gas industry was booming and overall spending on state government rose by 41% in fiscal 2018.

TCEQ states it has adequate resources, but state records reveal that the agency penalizes less than 3% of illegal air pollution incidents reported by industry.

Bravo to the city of Port Isabel as the city, its mayor and a city commissioner have filed suit against the Brownsville Navigation District over its lease agreements with the LNG export facilities. The suit requests a preliminary injunction followed by a permanent injunction against construction and operation of LNG plants at the port, alleging that such activity shall have a detrimental and negative impact upon the environment, including air, soil and water quality for residents of PI and wildlife in and around Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

Diane Teter

Edinburg

Placement for children

Child Protective Services has placement options to match the need of a child. Children in foster care or are adopted can obtain a higher education (if they so desire) at no cost. This is part of the Texas State Tuition and Fee Waiver Program.

Our son and his wife have two beautiful sons, ages 5 and 2. They feel they are living a miracle and thank God for the opportunity given to them to care, protect and give of their best to their children.

The children have a family who loves and cherishes them.

Divinity Family Service, an affiliate of Child Protective Services, was so instrumental in making the adoption possible.

We encourage you to check out these amazing services!

Mary Martinez

McAllen

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