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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

There are a lot of questions about all those big industrial projects planned for the Lake Area.

One of the new industries, Magnolia LNG, heard those questions from the public on Thursday at an open house.

Magnolia LNG hopes to educate the community about the project and through the open house, folks were able to ask their questions and see what the project is all about.

"I want to find out the facts," Diane Frank, a Lake Charles resident, said.

Frank hopes to get a better understanding of what's coming to her hometown through the project open house.

"I've always tried to see what's happening in Lake Charles. I'm really excited to see what's happening, but I always want to balance that with what we have and what we're getting and where we're going," Frank said.

Magnolia LNG will construct and operate a liquefied natural gas export facility with a process that is expected to reduce emissions by 30 percent. 

The project is an estimated $2.2 billion investment for phase one, bringing in close to 1,000 construction jobs, 45 permanent jobs and 175 indirect jobs.

"Any new industry brings jobs and creates opportunities for people to work locally and provide a good income for their families," said Danny Cambbell, with Triad Electric in Lake Charles. Cambbell is hoping to get involved with the project.

"We've done work in LNG facilities before and they've got a long history of a safe operation. Safety is really paramount in those places and making sure everything is done properly," Cambbell said.

This is also a concern for Lake Charles resident Jason Mitchell.

"I think a lot of energy needs to be put into making sure it's done the right way environmentally," Mitchell said.

But he's excited for the new development and the opportunities that come with it.

"I'm really learning. I'm here learning, seeing what's going on, meeting people. Hoping to try to find opportunities that I can help," Mitchell said.

The Port of Lake Charles leased 108 acres to Magnolia LNG for the project. Construction is expected to be complete in 2015 and begin operations by late 2017. 

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