KINGSVILLE, TX (DEC. 16, 2015) — Annova LNG, through its majority owner Exelon Generation, is joining forces with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute’s Wild Cats Conservation Fund and Feline Research Program to support their important work with ocelots in the Rio Grande Valley. Annova LNG today announced a $40,000 contribution to facilitate GPS tracking and other work in monitoring the Willacy County ocelot population, the largest and one of the last resident populations of this endangered wild cat in the United States.
“It is our honor to present this worthy organization with the funds needed to study and preserve this beautiful, endangered wild cat,” said David Chung, President of Annova LNG. “As we continue to work through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) process, Annova LNG and Exelon are committed to partner with groups and research institutions that are making meaningful impacts on environmental quality. That is exactly what the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute is doing by researching, managing and ultimately restoring the ocelot population in South Texas.”
The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute was established in 1981 and is one of the leading programs of its kind in the United States. The institute’s state-of-the-art facilities are located on the campus of Texas A&M University–Kingsville. The Institute draws researchers, educators and students in a variety of disciplines from around the world to study and research a wide range of wildlife related subjects.
“We are very appreciative of this donation and thrilled to work with a company such as Exelon Generation,” said Dr. Michael Tewes, Frank Daniel Yturria Endowed Chair for Wild Cat Studies. “With this donation, we will have the opportunity not only to purchase high-end GPS collars for the target population, but also to ensure that our project will have sufficient funding in the months ahead.”
Annova LNG and Exelon Generation continuously look for ways to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and to improve the environment around all our facilities. Though there is no resident ocelot population on the site of the proposed Annova LNG Brownsville Project, this commitment to study the movements of the endangered ocelot is critical for researching, managing and ultimately restoring the ocelot population is South Texas. Once ranging over most of Texas into Louisiana and Arkansas, ocelots are now restricted to two small populations in southernmost Texas. About 80 percent of this population exists on private lands in Willacy County. Annova LNG’s donation will support essential research for ocelots.
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About Annova LNG:
Exelon Generation and Annova LNG are exploring the development of a mid-scale natural gas liquefaction and transfer facility at the Port of Brownsville. If built, the facility would provide a much-needed boost to the economy in Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley. With an investment of as much as $3 billion in the facility and associated infrastructure, the Annova LNG Brownsville Project would diversify the regional economy and create thousands of direct and indirect jobs from construction through operation. The project is designed with a footprint that minimizes environmental impacts and meets or exceeds state and federal safety standards. To become a reality, Annova LNG must clear three hurdles: successfully complete all regulatory applications, reviews and permitting processes; secure long-term customers; and the project must enjoy broad public support.
About the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is the leading wildlife research organization in Texas and one of the finest in the nation. Its mission is to provide science-based information for enhancing the conservation and management of wildlife in South Texas and related environment.
The Institute includes 17 outstanding research scientists, covering a wide range of specialties. The diverse faculty facilitates the often complex wildlife-related research studies and keeps the Institute on the cutting edge in advancing conservation and management of wildlife. Modern high-tech facilities, specially designed wildlife study pens, and rangeland tracts provide an ideal environment for conducting quality research by Institute faculty.