Texas conservation efforts aided by oil, gas joint venture

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A joint venture formed by affiliates of three of the world’s largest oil and gas companies is helping conservation efforts in Texas.

Golden Pass LNG, which recently pledged $130,000 in support of Ducks Unlimited‘s conservation programs along the Texas coast, added to the outreach by providing more than 3.2 million cubic yards of dredge material for use on projects at the Salt Bayou Unit of the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area.

Ducks Unlimited, in conjunction with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, managed the placement of the dredge material, which raised marsh elevations and is aimed at encouraging the growth of important plants on more than 2,200 acres. The project constructed about three miles of rock breakwater along the Intracoastal Waterway to protect more than 900 acres of wildlife management area-managed wetlands from wave erosion and saltwater intrusion.

TPWD manages the area for waterfowl, fisheries, other wildlife and public hunting, and the coastal marshes also provide storm surge protection for surrounding communities.

Golden Pass’ venture, which developed a liquid natural gas terminal at Sabine Pass includes Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips.

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