Debbie Alongis poses with the Debbie and Steve Alongis Birding Tower on April 9, 2014. The birding tower was provided to them and the town of Quintana by Freeport LNG at Quintana, TX. Debbie Alongis does not oppose LNG expanded their plant into the town of Quintana, TX. In the background is the Freeport LNG plant. The birding tower and birding sanctuary is located between Alongis house and Quintana City Hall.
Freeport LNG is in the processing of buying all the homes in Quintana -- a tiny island town with a population of about 60 -- before it begins construction of an LNG export facility. The move has divided the town. Some are happy to get a pay day. Others don't want to sell out and fear that the plant will permanently ruin the little island they've grown to love. An existing Freeport LNG import facility is on the east end of the island; once the export facility is completed on the west side, the island will largely be industrialized. The fear is that the cute down filled mostly with retirees will cease to exist if enough people sell their homes. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea: For the Houston Chronicle)