Gas Projects Reveal FERC's Environmental Justice Conundrum
Energy attorney Stephen Humes was quoted in an E&E News article about two natural gas terminals under development by Rio Grande LNG and Texas LNG at the tip of the Gulf Coast of Texas. The article highlights the tension local constituents are placing on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) when analyzing the benefits and drawbacks of the project. While the development of the gas terminals could have major economic benefits, including large tax revenues for the surrounding communities, the development may also pose a threat to the health of residents who live in the vicinity.
"You tend to see a split between political leadership wanting the tax base, wanting the investment in their community, and then certain groups not part of the government maybe saying they don't want it," Mr. Humes said.