Harold Doty with bios dog King who opposes LNG trying to buy the Houses in the Quintana city poses in the back yard of his rental property on April 9, 2014 at Quintana, TX. In the background is the LNG plant that can be seen from one of his rental houses.
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)