FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2021
The Texas Coastal Coalition is pleased to share the news that commissioners for the Port of Corpus Christi voted on March 16 to end the lease with Lone Star Ports on Harbor Island, though ramifications of the decision are unclear. The vote was unexpected and took many by surprise, including those of us who are following developments on Harbor Island closely.
The Lone Star Ports project is part of a huge industrial complex proposed by the Port of Corpus Christi within the city limits of Port Aransas on Harbor Island. The Texas Coastal Coalition is strongly opposed to the project, which includes plans to dredge 12.8 miles of the Corpus Christi ship channel from 54 feet to 80 feet to accommodate Very Large Crude Carriers, some of the largest oil tankers in the world. A loaded VLCC is longer than three football fields, and if the plan goes forward, would bring these behemoths into the heart of Port Aransas, threatening one of the most environmentally sensitive areas on the Texas coast. Before the project can proceed, the Port of Corpus Christi must get approval of several state and federal permits. Those permits are currently winding their way through the regulatory process. It’s unclear how the decision to end the lease with Lone Star Ports will impact the future of the project.
Read more about the decision to end the lease with Lone Star Ports HERE.
Every Texan is a stakeholder in the economic development of our beaches, bays, and estuaries, and every Texan who loves the Gulf Coast should care about the current and future health of those public resources. We invite all who care about the iconic beaches of the Texas coast to stay informed and involved as this project wends its way through the regulatory process.
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