Natural Gas Terminal Expansion Might Mean the End of Quintana, Texas

The town of Quintana, Texas, located along the coast to the South of Houston, provides a "unique chapter in the story of the American energy renaissance," according to Ryan Holeywell. An expanding energy company’s facility might wipe it off the map.
April 22, 2014, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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“While there's been a litany of narratives about boom towns from North Dakota to South Texas, Quintana may be the only community that could shrink - or even vanish, some holdout homeowners fear - in response to the country's surge in energy production,” writes Ryan Holeywell.

The reason for the threat to Quintana is a plan proposed by Freeport LNG, which is hoping to invest $14 billion in its Quintana facility to expand export capacity amid the shale-driven natural gas boom.

Freeport LNG has made two propositions to residents of Quintana to smooth the way for the expansion. The first is two buy houses in the nearby town for market rate, plus $25,000. “The company doesn't know exactly what it's going to do with the houses,” writes Holeywell. “Ones in poor shape probably will be demolished… while others could house construction workers and eventually employees.”

Mark Mallett, Freeport LNG's senior vice president for operations and projects, told Holeywell that the company’s buy-out proposition is meant to address the concerns of residents living near the facility, not to “take over the island.” Freeport LNG has “also offered to pay for $1 million in infrastructure improvements for the town, once the project receives all the permits it needs.”

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Published on Sunday, April 20, 2014 in Houston Chronicle
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