We have been honored by Keep Texas Beautiful, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve community environments. It awarded Freeport LNG the Ebby Halliday and Maurice Acers Business/Industry Award for our consistent environmental stewardship and community involvement.
At Freeport LNG, we do act to prevent harm to the environment. You can see this in the way we operate our existing facilities and construct the liquefaction project. Our goal is to ensure that our operations maintain the ecosystem and enhance the environment around us.
Our environmental stewardship had begun as the company initiated site selection, engineering and permitting of the original LNG import project. This commitment has become a hallmark of how we construct and operate our facilities.
Nature and Wildlife Habitat Conservancy
Throughout project development and construction, Freeport LNG has looked for ways to minimize adverse impacts to air, land, water and wildlife. To do so, we have taken into consideration comments and guidance from the public, stakeholders and federal, state and local resource agencies.
When it comes to conservancy, our goal is to increase the quality and scope for each type of wetland that we may impact and to preserve or create new areas sought by coastal fish and wildlife species. To date, Freeport LNG has given nearly 350 acres of land containing various types of habitat to conservation groups and managed another 35 acres of created wetlands at and around our facilities on Quintana Island. These areas host a variety of shore and wading birds, including roseate spoonbills, gulls, avocets, stilts and many others.
Some of Our Environmental Initiatives
Freeport LNG has made a strong commitment to recycle materials at project construction sites. We have been able to recycle soils, rock, concrete material and even vegetation. For example, to build up the Quintana site, we used dredged material and soil from our marine-berth area, which avoided hauling fill material to the site and reduced traffic on the island. Sand obtained from the dry excavation of the marine basin was separated and used for padding the pipeline trench during pipeline construction. We also used material that was excavated during the construction of the barge dock to create new wetland areas along the Intracoastal Waterway.
Boil-off gas created while the LNG facility is operating will not be vented or flared but recovered and sent via pipeline to the pretreatment facility where it will be used as fuel gas in a gas turbine power generator. Freeport LNG will employ advanced recycling methods to capture waste heat from the generator and apply it to regenerate materials used in the gas pretreatment processes.