A controversial LNG export project in Port St. Joe, Florida, will not be built, marking a huge win for community advocates concerned about the dangers of pollution and potential explosions. The gas facility would have been built on the site of a shuttered paper mill, continuing a legacy of polluting facilities in the predominantly Black neighborhood on the north side of the town’s railroad tracks.

Longtime Port St Joe Resident Chester Davis explained the “mill … was harmful to this community. And to put another gas plant in here, that we think or based upon the history, will be just as harmful.” “I think it’s a real testament to the incredible organization by the people of Port Saint Joe,” Energy Program Director for Public Citizen, Tyson Slocum said. “Once they started to learn about what had been negotiated behind closed doors, they rose up in very clear opposition to building an LNG export terminal.” (MyPanhandle, The Star)