The Texas lieutenant governor has called on federal regulators to approve the final environmental impact statement for the Annova LNG export terminal
In an open letter made public, the Texas lieutenant governor has called on federal regulators to approve the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Annova LNG export terminal proposed for development at the Port of Brownsville, Texas.
The letter, sent by Texas Lt Gov Dan Patrick to US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Secretary Kimberly Bose, was made public after local environmental group Save RGV From LNG delivered more than 1,100 public comments filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"This project is not only expected to create 700 construction jobs, equivalent to almost US$325M in direct labour income, but also expected to create 165 high-paying permanent jobs for the people of our state," wrote the lieutenant governor.
The US$3Bn project is one of three LNG export terminals proposed for development in Brownsville. Applications are also pending for Rio Grande LNG and Texas LNG Brownsville. Annova LNG is proposing to develop a facility with a 6 mta capacity that would open in 2024.
Back in December, Annova LNG received its draft EIS from FERC. At the time, Annova LNG chief executive Omar Khayum said the company was pleased that FERC had acknowledged its proactive approach towards minimising the project’s environmental impacts.
“Annova LNG is investing in electric motor-driven equipment to minimise air emissions, restoring former wetlands in the project vicinity to more than offset wetlands impacts, and actively contributing to efforts to protect the ocelot and other wildlife, including establishing a wildlife corridor on the project site,” said Mr Khayum.
FERC was set to act on Annova LNG’s final EIS in Q2 this year. The partial US government shutdown from 22 December 2018 to 25 January this year delayed action on comments on Annova LNG’s draft EIS. The public comment period on the project was extended until 13 March. A decision by FERC on the final EIS might not come until July.