Golden Pass LNG recognizes that the environment plays a special role in Southeast Texas, and accordingly strives to protect the local environment. Golden Pass LNG employs the best industry practices and technology and operates in compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements to run a responsible, environmentally-friendly LNG terminal.
This dedication to protecting the environment spans all aspects of the terminal and pipeline: from the terminal heaters equipped with special burner tips to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, to the carefully-routed pipeline constructed to protect streams and rivers, wetlands, and nearby residential, commercial and industrial developments.
Emergent Marsh Restoration Projects
These restoration projects are in response to the continuing degradation of the coastal emergent marsh, which has resulted in the forming of open water areas throughout the Salt Bayou Watershed. The restoration of these degraded wetlands is important to fish and wildlife because wetlands provide excellent waterfowl habitat and nurseries for fish. Coastal marsh also provides a natural buffer by reducing storm energy produced by tropical storms and hurricanes.
In partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Ducks Unlimited, Golden Pass successfully accomplished:
- Pintail Flats: The Pintail Flats restoration project is a notable example of Golden Pass LNG’s commitment to the environment. Golden Pass LNG worked with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to restore approximately 240 acres of emergent marsh within the Pintail Flats section of the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This large-scale project will provide benefits for the ecosystem and residents of Southeast Texas for years to come.
- Salt Bayou: Due to salt water intrusion, subsidence and hurricane impacts, the WMA's Salt Bayou Unit had degraded and was losing vegetation important to local and migrating wildlife. In partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Ducks Unlimited, Golden Pass provided about 2 million cubic yards of dredge material for a 1,300-acre marsh restoration project within the Salt Bayou Unit. Ducks Unlimited managed the placement of the material, which raised marsh elevations to desirable levels and will continue to encourage growth of critical vegetation.
The Sabine-Neches Waterway supports a rich marine ecosystem, and Golden Pass LNG took careful measures to protect this ecosystem. From the design of the storm water collection system to the use of fine screens on the emergency firewater intake structure to reduce the impingement of marine organisms, the Golden Pass LNG facility was built to reduce impacts on local marine life.
Natural gas is the cleanest of the fossil fuels, and is odorless and non-toxic in its liquid form. When burned, LNG produces relatively low emissions, and Golden Pass LNG employs best industry practices to limit these emissions. Great effort has been taken to further reduce emissions by using control technologies, such as the special burner tips and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) equipment on the terminal heaters that reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.