Is there risk of increased chronic health issues due to proximity to oil and gas related facilities?

No.  It is important to distinguish the planned facility—ship docks and a crude transfer facility with minimal tankage—from a petro-chemical refinery, which processes or otherwise transforms petroleum-derived feedstock into the products that fuel and support our daily lives.  Per TCEQ regulations, 100% of the air emissions at the terminal must be controlled, either by way of combustion (no visible flare) or vapor capture.  Emissions capture technology (i.e., vapor recovery vs. vapor combustion) is not yet sufficient to support the proposed operation, but the facility will be designed to accommodate conversion to vapor recovery when technology allows.

The terminal at Harbor Island facility will be a state-of-the-art facility that will utilize the best available emissions control. The Coastal Bend is in attainment with federal air quality standards, and the Port of Corpus Christi Authority vehemently defends this status.  This terminal will be no different. 

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