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Local Woman Concerned About Air Pollution Caused by LNG Projects

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Local Woman Concerned About Air Pollution Caused by LNG Projects

Local Woman Concerned About Air Pollution Caused by LNG Projects

A local woman is concerned about the air pollution caused by Liquefied Natural Gas projects in her area.


Local Woman Concerned About Air Pollution Caused by LNG Projects

New developments in "the push" to export liquefied natural gas out of brownsville.

A second "public commenting period" is drawing to a close.

Critics and supporters now have less than a week - - to get their thoughts on record.

Channel 5's christian von preysing reports on one woman's health concerns.

The lng companies are seeking government approval to invest billions of dollars in the brownsville ship channel to take natural gas and export it overseas.the process would cause air pollution... and it would be downwind of some valley communities.

Out here, the wind is a constant.the water in the laguna madre picks up a chop.

Port isabel sits off in the distance.

This is laguna vista.... marianne poythress's home... and the place she says she made a recovery.

"it was getting to the point where i was immobile."years ago, she says she was living out of state and developed menieres disease... she says the change was dramatic... taking away her balance... leaving her in bed all day.

"i never knew which side was up, where i was in space and all that kind of stuff."

She says she worked next to a paper mill... and tests from her doctor showed she became allergic to just about everything.

She decided move somewhere else, and chose laguna vista... "i came and over the next year, year and a half the swelling in my inner earcame down and the vertigo got better and better controlled."

She says it used to be challenge to walk off her porch to sit by the water.

Several miles in the distance three companies plan to build large facilities to turn natural gas into liquid.

They plan to use the gulf coast as the launch pad to load ships and ship the product overseas.

They haven't been approved yet... the process will mean pollution.

Documents from their federal permitting process show all three l-n-g companies expect to emit some the following pollutants.

Particulate matter... soot, smoke, and other things..

The epa says these can get inhaled and cause a number of problems. sulfur dioxide... the epa says short term exposure to this compound can make breathing difficult.

Nitrogen oxides... the epa says this gas can react in the air to create more particulate matter... posing a threat to the person who breathes it.

Some of those lng sites would be southeast of port isabel and laguna vista.

The wind the valley receives most of the year also comes from the southeast... and through this community... "i am on the receiving end of prevailing wind blowing straight on me."

We reached out rio grande lng, annova lng and texas lng... to ask them to respond to these concerns about emissions.

Nextdecade's rio grande lng says their emissions levels will meet all the rules set by the state and the federal government.

Annova lng says its technology will be mostly powered by electric motors and will create lower emissions than typical lng facilities.

Texas lng did not respond to several requests.

For poythress it's a major concern... "my quality of life is here."

A concern her old problems could repeat themselves.

As we mentioned the approval process isn't complete.

The three companies are still seeking approval from the federal energy regulatory commission... who's job is it to weigh the pros and the cons of the project... and give the final word.

For a short while longer that agency still wants to hear from the public about what they think of the plans... before they make their final decision.

We'll have the link to how you can comment on our website...

We'll also have the full statements from the lng companies who responded there as well.

In the channel 5 news studio... christian von preysing channel 5 news.

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