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President Donald Trump visits Cameron LNG

By Cyndi Sellers

History was made on Tuesday when President Donald Trump’s motorcade arrived in Hackberry to visit the Cameron LNG facility on its first day of production. It was possibly the first official visit of a sitting U.S. President to Cameron Parish, certainly the first in this century, and certainly the first with this level of pomp and ceremony.

The 45th President, who is wildly popular in this part of the country, was met by well-wishers along Highway 27 leading into the parish and by hundreds of invited guests and plant workers at a rally inside the Cameron LNG facility. National, regional and local news media were on hand to record the historic event.

Upon arrival, the president was given a tour of the facility, with a view of Train 1, which began to produce its first liquefied natural gas that morning. He said “I’ve never seen a thing like this in my life; this is incredible.”

Inside the air conditioned tent set up on the grounds, hundreds of plant workers, VIPs, invited guests, school children and news media were waiting for the big entrance. Cameron LNG CEO Farhad Ahrabi announced the start of production, noting that 72 million work hours, with no lost time incidents, led to this moment.

Cameron Parish Police Jury President Joe Dupont led the Pledge of Allegiance, with a huge American flag suspended outside the open back of the tent.

Jeff Martin, President and CEO of Sempra Energy, which is the majority owner of Cameron LNG, thanked the workers, the community of Hackberry, international partners Total, Mitsui, Mitsubishi, and NYK, and the federal state and local elected officials who have supported the project from its inception. He said the thousands of small and large businesses who have invested in innovation, technology and ingenuity in the production of oil, natural gas and refined products have created new jobs and a sustained engine of growth for the country. This will allow American producers to access new markets in Asia and Europe, improve the economic security of our allies, and bring a cleaner fuel source to the world.

President Trump then took the stage, praising the company and workers for their efforts. “From right here in Hackberry, Louisiana, you will very soon be exporting clean American natural gas all over the globe. With incredible skill and pride the 7000 workers here at this plant are helping lead the American energy revolution.”

He touted natural gas as a cleaner alternative to other forms of energy being used throughout the world, and noted that by becoming energy independent, the U.S. can now provide fuel to other countries that have been dependent on natural gas from Russia.

He said the oil and gas workers in Louisiana and other states are making America wealthier and also safer “by building a future of American energy independence.” He said energy produced here is better cheaper and cleaner than our foreign competitors.

Trump was accompanied by Senators John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, US Representatives Steve Scalise and Clay Higgins, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Attorney General Jeff Landry, State Senator Blade Morrish, State Representative Ryan Bourriaque, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, and Scott Angelle, Director of the Bureau of Safety and the Environment, U.S. Department of the Interior. He recognized a special guest, the Vice President of the European Union.

He also made some campaign remarks about Democratic opponents and the “Green New Deal,” which he said would put all these workers out of a job, and made a promise that if he is re-elected Lake Charles would get a new Interstate 10 bridge. Having driven over the bridge in his motorcade, he recognized the need for a new one. This news received a standing ovation.

In all, the president spoke for about 45 minutes, including time for testimonies from three Cameron LNG workers about how the jobs they were able to have because of LNG have changed their lives. The motorcade left, guests boarded busses back to the staging areas, and things gradually returned to normal in Hackberry, but it was a day that will never be forgotten.

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“Yesterday was a truly remarkable day with President Donald Trump’s visit to our LNG export facility and the first production of LNG from Train 1.” said Farhad Ahrabi, CEO of Cameron LNG. “We appreciate the dedication and hard work by our employees as well as support from our partners, our community, and our elected officials."

Representatives from Cheniere partners Total, Mitsui, Mitsubishi, and NYK were in attendance.

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