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Victory for Texas Open Beaches!

On February 1, 2024, the Thirteenth Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Save RGV, Corrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, and the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter overturning the July 2022 ruling by 445th District Court Judge Gloria Rincones in Cameron County that stated the organizations lacked standing or jurisdiction to sue. It is expected the ruling will be appealed to the Texas supreme court. The opposing parties are Cameron County, the Texas General Land Office, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

See the Court's ruling here

Help us tell the Cameron County Commissioners (again) NO tax break giveaways for LNG!

 On December 19, 2023 the Cameron County Commissioners’ Court voted unanimously to consider entering into an agreement to give huge tax breaks to Texas LNG, in spite of numerous vocal and written comments in opposition!

We need your help. It’s time we tell them (again) NO tax break giveaways for LNG!  


The next meeting of the Cameron County Commissioners Court is January 2, 2024, 9:30 a.m.  Please plan to attend and join your community in making a strong showing AGAINST tax abatements to multi-trillion dollar fossil fuel corporations. They have already given Rio Grande LNG $300 MILLION in abatements.  


There are two options at the bottom of the form (you will need to select one): 


□ I wish to address the County Judge and County Commission [THREE (3) MINUTE TIME LIMIT]


□ I DO NOT wish to address the County Judge and Commission, but do wish to register my opinion.



Specify whether your comment will be an in person comment or a video conference comment PRIOR to 8:45 am on January 2, 2024 by emailing along with your Registration Form.  So DO IT NOW!   Then, show up on January 2, 2024 no later than 9:15 a.m. at the Cameron County Courthouse, 2nd floor, 1100 East Monroe St., Brownsville, TX, or if making a video conference comment, be at your device no later than 9:15 a.m. with audio and video enabled.  The meeting can be accessed by ZOOM (meeting id and passcode required) To locate the Meeting ID and Passcodes for Zoom attendance, you can find them on the Commissioners’ Court Agendas here: Select the January 2, 2024 agenda which will be posted a few days prior to the meeting. 


Remember, if you are unable to attend either in person or video conference, you can still have your comments registered by emailing the to publiccomment@co.cameron.tx.usTag the subject line as “PUBLIC COMMENT IN OPPOSITION TO TAX ABATEMENTS FOR TEXAS LNG” and select the “□ I DO NOT wish to address the County Judge and Commission, but do wish to register my opinion.” at the bottom of the form. 


TO WATCH THE MEETING VIA INTERNET: then click Watch Commissioners’ Court Room Meetings. 





County Judge, Eddie Treviño, Jr. 



Commissioner Pct. 1, Sofia C. Benavides  



Commissioner Pct. 2, Joey Lopez 


Commissioner Pct. 3, David A. Garza 


Commissioner Pct. 4, Gus Ruiz




Talking points for comment.   Please add your own for more impact:

1.    Tax abatements to Texas LNG are not an incentive to keep them here. They decided on this location in 2014.  Their permit is specific to this particular environment and location. They cannot threaten to build elsewhere if tax abatements are not granted. They would have to apply for a NEW permit which would cause further delays. It has been 10 years since they were permitted for our Port.  Giving them tax incentives now is not fiscally prudent, nor beneficial to our growing community.

2.    The Point Isabel ISD voted against giving school tax abatements to Texas LNG last year, clearly sending a strong message from affected communities. Do not grant County tax abatements in deference to one of our school districts.  Listen to your constituents and do not consider, publish nor enter into any agreement with Texas LNG granting tax abatements.

3.    We are a poor county.  Taxes are rising year after year, rent is skyrocketing, housing prices are 40-50% over valued and climbing.  Giving tax abatements to trillion dollar corporations, that can absolutely afford to pay taxes, should not even be a consideration.  Subsidizing these multi-trillion dollar industries with taxpayer money is unconscionable.

4.    Per the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)  there are no air quality monitoring stations  in the vicinity of any  permitted LNG terminal site at our Port.  At the very least, the County  must demand these corporations pay to install air quality monitoring stations in Port Isabel, Laguna Vista, Los Fresnos, and Laguna Heights, preferably near our schools.  The cumulative impacts from Texas LNG and Rio Grande LNG, not to mention the additional heavy industrial companies targeting our Port, will directly impact air quality and will be felt in these communities due to the prevailing SSE winds.   If the corporations, or our County officials refuse, it is because they do not want us to know the toxic air we will be breathing.  Are you comfortable turning our communities into a cancer alley like so many industrialized fossil fuel coastline cities along Texas and Louisiana?  Without air quality monitoring stations, we won’t know what damage has affected our children until it’s too late.

5.    The argument that Rio Grande LNG was granted tax abatements is not an excuse to give Texas LNG the same consistent consideration.  To excerpt a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers… .”

6.    It appears suspicious that the County put this on their agenda for consent the week before Christmas, knowing full well people are distracted and busy. Is this an obvious attempt to suppress public comment? This item should have been tabled until Q1 when the public had resumed routine activities and could schedule time to be properly involved in the public comment process, especially in light of the numerous comments voicing strong opposition to abatements for Texas LNG.  Instead they voted to consider an agreement for tax abatements unanimously.  Tell them this was wrong!


Thank you for your continuous support.  Your letters and comments do add up and do make a difference.

URGENT Call To Action! - Deadline Dec 14, 2023 

Rio Bravo Pipeline Route Amendment Environmental Assessment

FERC Docket No. CP23-519-000

The Rio Bravo Pipeline Project is a large 137 mile dual natural gas pipeline that would run from Agua Dulce to the planned Rio Grande LNG terminal near Port Isabel, Texas. On November 14, 2023, FERC released the Rio Bravo Pipeline Route Amendment Environmental Assessment. This is an opportunity for the public to comment and for you to voice your concerns.  The EA Notice has a summary of the route adjustments and lists how to submit a public comment.


Save RGV reviewed the Rio Bravo Pipeline Route Amendment Environmental Assessment and submitted our concerns to FERC.

You are encouraged to review the EA and submit comments to FERC. 

View the urgent call for comments: URGENT Call for Comments: Rio Bravo Pipeline Route Amendment Environmental Assessment

View our letter to FERC: SAVE RGV Letter to FERC.

You can view the EA Notice for a summary of the changes in the EA and for instructions on how to submit your public comment.

URGENT Call To Action! 

Comments Needed ASAP to Demand SpaceX Not Be Granted A Permit To Dump 200,000 Gallons a Day of Treated Wastewater Into South Bay!!

Want to do something?  Here is what you can do:

*You will need the permit number WQ0016342001 for your correspondence and phone calls to elected officials and for commenting on TCEQ.

Tell TCEQ that you oppose this permit and are requesting a public meeting.  It is important that we get as many folks as possible asking TCEQ to hold a public meeting on this permit. Let’s put the pressure on NOW! 

Not sure what to say?  View our sample comment and feel free to add your own reasons as well.

Want to do more?

Ask our state legislators to request a public meeting on permit number WQ0016342001 from TCEQ on our behalf. Contact them by phone AND email.  View our sample email and phone script to elected officials before you begin. Website and contact information is also below.

July 12, 2023- Save RGV Response to Rio Grande LNG FID Announcement. Read our statement HERE.

June 29, 2023 SAVE RGV Sends an Open Letter to all RGV officials who sent letters of support to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Rio Grande LNG project at the Port of Brownsville. Some of these officials received campaign contributions and donations from the Next Decade Political Action Committee.  Read the Open Letter HERE.

June 02, 2023- Save RGV filed their Appellant's Reply Brief in our Open Beaches lawsuit in the Court of Appeals for the Thirteenth Judicial District Corpus Christi & Edinburg, Texas. To read the brief click HERE.  

If you would like to learn more about this case email to request an invitation to our next Zoom meeting. 

May 24, 2023- Read the Sierra Club Press Release "Organizations  Challenge FERC for Approving Several LNG Projects in the Rio Grande Valley and Southwest Louisiana"

Our Open Beaches Lawsuit Appeal is now in the 13th District Court Appellants’ attorney is assessing whether reply briefs are necessary. If they are necessary, June 1, 2023 is the deadline for Appellants – SaveRGV, Sierra Club, and Carrizo Comecrudo – to reply to Appellees’ briefs. Appellees are Cameron County, General Land Office, and Texas Attorney General, who have all filed their responsive brief to Appellants’ initial briefs. View Brief Here.


May 22, 2023 Vecinos para el Bienestar de la Comunidad Costera, Sierra Club, City of Port Isabel, and the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas  request rehearing of Rio Grande LNG, LLC, Order on Remand and Amending Section 7 Certificate, 183 FERC ¶ 61,046, Dkt. Nos. CP16-454 etc. (Apr. 21, 2023) The FERC document can be viewed at 


May 1, 2023–  Save RGV et. al. filed suit against the FAA for violations of the National Environmental Policy Act by approving the launch permit for SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy at Boca Chica without doing a full Environmental Impact Statement. Read the file stamped petition HERE and the Press Release HERE. Media coverage can be accessed in links below.


The April 21, 2023 177-page FERC Order to Rio Grande LNG is available at:

Save RGV has been opposed to LNG in the RGV for almost 10 years now. 

This article ran back in 2015 and is as current now as it was then.  Polluters and liars don’t change!



SpaceX wants to dump treated sewage water into Texas’ South Bay coastal preserve

by: Sandra Sanchez

Posted: Nov 2, 2023 / 09:21 PM CDT

Updated: Nov 2, 2023 / 10:45 PM CDT

From license to lawsuit–the first 18 days since SpaceX got its hands on the FAA launch approval

Published Tuesday, May 2, 2023

from the Rio Grande Valley

Federal agency failed to weigh possible environmental impacts of SpaceX rocket launch, lawsuit claims

Environmental groups claim the Federal Aviation Administration let SpaceX do its own environmental assessment before its rocket self-destructed above the Texas coast and debris rained down over a wide area.



Environmental groups sue FAA over Starship launch

by: Natasha Trindade

Posted: May 1, 2023 / 07:10 PM CDT

Updated: May 2, 2023 / 10:21 AM CDT

Technology & Entrepreneurship
Rio Grande Valley groups fight to keep SpaceX non-disclosure agreements private

Texas Public Radio | By Erin Sheridan

Published April 24, 2023 at 2:21 PM CDT

State News
SpaceX, FAA challenged over RGV environmental damage. Jim Chapman, Save RGV board member Guest Speaker

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