Port Aransas Residents Fear Environmental Impact Of Proposed Oil Export Terminal

The terminal proposed by the Port of Corpus Christi, would be able to host the largest oil tankers.

By Michael MarksAugust 1, 2018 5:43 pm| ,

You’ve probably heard about the massive amounts of oil being pumped out of west Texas’ Permian Basin right now. That’s great news if you’re an oil and gas producer, but it does create a problem – where does all that stuff go?

Officials at the Port of Corpus Christi hope that eventually, the answer to that question is near Port Aransas, the island community across the bay from Corpus Christi. There are plans to build a massive oil export terminal there. But some of the locals aren’t too pleased.

Rye Druzin is an energy reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle. He says the Port of Corpus Christi calls itself the “energy export capital of the United States.

“They bring hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil every day,” Druzin says. “It was actually the site of the first crude oil export after the export ban was lifted by the Obama administration a just a few years ago.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– What the port proposes to build and where

– Why advocates support the Port Aransas location

– Why Port Aransas residents object to the proposal

Written by Shelly Brisbin.