Last week a local blog was circulating among the internet and social media, alleging State Representative Eddie Lucio III was on the payroll of a “pipeline giant”.
Local environmentalists accused Lucio of selling them out. According to a Facebook event, a protest is planned at the representative’s office.
News Center 23’s Marlane Rodriguez reached out to Lucio to hear what he had to say.
“I don’t represent LNG there was a pipeline company completely unaffiliated with LNG that is just moving natural gas to Mexico,” Lucio said in an interview. “We have withdrawn as counsel, we heard some concerns from environmentalists.”
“We’ve always worked closely with environmental groups, we heard their concerns,” he said adding “my involvement was easement acquisition on four parcels of land that’s all I’ve ever been involved in.”
Lucio said if it’s not something the environmental community is going to support or if there’s going to be any type of controversy around it, “I’ll go ahead and withdraw so I filed my motion to withdraw as counsel.”
“Because I do want to continue to have a great relationship with the Sierra Club and other groups that I’ve worked with over the past,” the representative said.
When asked when he withdrew Lucio said “Well since it takes some time… It will be finalized I hope this afternoon.”
Most residents in the lower Rio Grande Valley oppose the possibility of liquefied natural gas companies settling in the port due to environmental concerns.