The Community: Rio Grande Valley, Texas

One community facing three proposed LNG export terminals is in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, near the Mexico border, where fossil fuel corporations plan to transform the coastal landscape of the Rio Grande Valley into an industrial LNG export hub.

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Read the case study -- Rio Grande Valley: At Risk from Fracked-Gas Export Terminals

Most Brownsville residents are Latino/a, and over a third live in poverty, meaning these terminals pose key environmental justice concerns.

If built, the LNG terminals in Brownsville could significantly impact the local fishing, shrimping, and eco-tourism industries, with 500-foot tall flaring towers, the release of millions of gallons of effluent water, and the brown haze that would come with the estimated quadrupling of local air pollution.

MAP: Explore the area affected by the proposed LNG terminals.

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The three terminals would cover 2,356 acres -- almost three times the size of New York’s Central Park -- pave over hundreds of acres of wetlands, and require hundreds of miles of new pipelines. The planned facilities threaten the critical habitat of the endangered Aplomado falcon and ocelot. As of August 2015 there were only 53 ocelots left in all of Texas, all in the southern tip of the state where LNG export facilities are planned.

 

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