12 US and Canadian LNG import terminals are doing poorly — most are sitting idle, the remaining are at rapidly declining capacity. (The 12th US import terminal — Excelerate's Gulf Gateway in the Gulf of Mexico, new in 2005 — was retired in 2012 due to lack of need.)
* As of 2013 Jan 4 (Oregon LNG is proposing to export, but is retaining its plans to import); Alaska has exported so much natural gas as LNG from the Kenai Peninsula near Anchorage to Asia since 1969 that they are running out, and are now proposing to import LNG in order to heat Anchorage-area homes — even though Alaska's north slope, 800-miles away, has an enormous field of natural gas.
** As of 2011 Dec 31, updated 2012 April 30 (see "U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Imports," Energy Information Administration)
*** As of US Department of Energy - Energy Information Administration data through 2012 Dec 31.
Total US LNG Import Capacity = 19.7 Bcf/day
Predicted Maximum US LNG Imports = 1.42 Bcf/day (7.2% of capacity)
Downeast LNG is the only remaining Lower 48-States, Canada, or Mexico proposed import-only project. The world realizes there is no market
for additional US LNG import projects.
US Department of Energy (DOE) applications to export natural gas/LNG are different from FERC LNG terminal construction applications.
2005 August 22
2012 December 5
FERC map showing 21 proposed, 19 approved, and 5 existing onshore and offshore LNG import projects in the US, Canada, and Mexico — for a total of 45 import projects.
FERC map showing 3 proposed import projects — of which just 1 import-only project now remains (Downeast LNG) as of 2012 Dec 5 — and 19 proposed LNG export projects onshore and offshore in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
US Shale Natural Gas Fields Map
The Northeast has vast
natural gas resources,
mooting new LNG import infrastructure
In 2011, the Energy Information Administration's long-term
LNG import outlook for the entire United States
predicted the maximum to be a minuscule 1.42 Bcf/day
— and to then fall off a cliff; however, as of 2012 Dec 31, US imports have already fallen to .477 Bcf/day
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Disaster looms when ruthless industrial developers invade a peaceful Maine seaside village. The Mermaid Queen is injured and powerless against this threat to her realm's natural beauty and traditional way of life. Now only the Queen's Elves and her faithful Sprite Robbinston Goodfellow can save Passamaquoddy Bay.
Michael Hightower, Sandia National Laboratories senior technical specialist who worked from mid-2008 to mid-2011 on US Department of Energy research on what would happen to an LNG ship if an airplane were to crash into it
“Basically, it turns to peanut butter”
“Heat fluxes from an LNG pool fire would severely damage the vessel’s inner and outer hulls, making it sink.” [Bold emphasis added.]
US — Eastport, Perry, Robbinston, Calais, Red Beach, Pembroke, Washington County, and USA
Passamaquoddy — Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtahkomikumon — (“We Take Care of Our Land”) Sipayik (Pleasant Point), Saint Croix Scoodic Band, and Indian Township tribal members
Canada — Campobello Island, Deer Island,
Grand Manan, St. Andrews, St. George, St. Stephen, Charlotte County,
New Brunswick, and Canada
We believe that...
LNG developers should select terminal locations that don't violate their industry's own terminal siting best safe practices (seeLNG Terminal Siting Standards Organization for information about SIGTTO best practices);
LNG facilities belong offshore, or in industrial, unpopulated areas;
Unspoiled Passamaquoddy Bay is the wrong place for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals.
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Downeast LNG, Inc. — Downeast LNG submits a non-public filing re Revised Vapor Dispersion Modeling.
Downeast LNG, Inc. — Downeast LNG submits Revised Vapor Dispersion Modeling for LNG released from the LNG trestle pipe carrying LNG from the ship to shore. DeLNG also indicates it would add two 6-ft-tall vapor barriers, on each side of the piping, along the entire length of the trestle. Webmaster's comment: The newly-proposed 6-ft-tall vapor barriers along the entire length of the trestle would further deplete the scenic view from the head of Mill Cove and from the numerous properties on the north side of Mill Cove.
Save Passamaquoddy Bay Canada Inc., Save Passamaquoddy Bay-U.S., Nulankeyutmonen Nkihtahkomikumon — Dr. James Venart provides Thermal Radiation modeling of a Downeast LNG tank top fire. The model indicates high levels of thermal radiation would impact private property across highway US-1 from the terminal, in violation of US Department of Transportation regulation.
Save Passamaquoddy Bay Canada Inc. — SPB-Canada lists ways that Downeast LNG would impact New Brunswick's resource-based economy.
Save Passamaquoddy Bay — Downeast LNG's Revised Vapor Dispersion Model ignores the real possibility of another ship alliding (crashing into) the trestle while an LNG ship is unloading. Such an incident would sever the LNG pipe and vapor barriers on the trestle, resulting in the same vapor dispersion regulation violation that would exist without the 6-ft-tall barriers on the trestle.
SPB reminds FERC that Downeast LNG's proposed pier location is 3,000 feet longer than the State of Maine allows, as the State of Maine notified FERC in 2006; and the pier and trestle location in proximity to the ship transit freeway violates Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) terminal siting best safe practices.
— Downeast LNG, Inc.
— Downeast LNG responds to FERC's May 3 request (Accession No: 20130503-3025) to know what the company plans to do re the terminal property. Downeast LNG claims that it plans to renew its option on the property at the same terms as the previous option renewal; and, that there has been no change of ownership to abutting lands.
Province of New Brunswick — The Province of New Brunswick repeats its opposition to Downeast LNG.
Save Passamaquoddy Bay Canada Inc. — Save Passamaquoddy Bay Canada reiterates Government of Canada's prohibition of LNG ship transits, Canada's refusal to cooperate with FERC and US Coast Guard requirements, and how Downeast LNG is legally non-compliant with FERC requirements.
Save Passamaquoddy Bay [Sarah and Paul Strickland] — The Stricklands oppose Downeast LNG due to negative impacts it would have on health, safety, environmental, and lifestyle.
Save Passamaquoddy Bay — Dr. James Venart's report on thermal radiation demonstrating DeLNG would violate the thermal radiation Exclusion Zone regulation may be delayed until after May 20, due to health and scheduling problems. Since FERC "deadlines" have been flexible throughout this permitting process, FERC should accept and fully consider the report filing.
Save Passamaquoddy Bay — Save Passamaquoddy Bay enumerates a long list of Downeast LNG regulation-compliance failings. Downeast LNG cannot meet those requirements. FERC must deny permits.
Susan Lambert — Passamaquoddy Bay is a nutrient pump that supports biodiversity in the Bay of Fundy, making the Downeast LNG development inappropriate.
Vaughn McIntyre Consulting — Vaughn McIntyre opposes Downeast LNG due to negative impacts it would have on tourism, especially cruise ships. The waterway's existing uses precludes LNG terminal siting here.
Huntsman Marine Science Centre — Huntsman relies on seawater from the Saint Croix River estuary. LNG terminal construction and operation would negatively impact the water's integrity, the local environment, and Huntsman Marine Science Centre's sustainability.
Nature Trust of New Brunswick — DeLNG is unnecessary and a threat to the area's natural beauty, and natural heritage.
Friends of Head Harbour Lightstation — LNG tankers would present a security risk to Campobello Island, visitors to the lightstation, and Head Harbour Lightstation itslef; and, Campobello Island would present a security risk to LNG tankers.
Town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick — Downeast LNG would have a detremental impact on St. Andrews economy. Existing uses of the bay preclude an LNG terminal, and St. Andrews is unprepared to deal with an emergency resulting from an LNG incident.
Save Passamaquoddy Bay — Three Passamaquoddy Nation representatives have now issued their opposition to Downeast LNG — the exact opposite to the US Coast Guard requirement that Downeast LNG must obtain Passamaquoddy Nation written approval of DeLNG's proposed use of the marine waterway.
Province of New Brunswick, The — The Province of New Brunswick FERC Service List email addresses have changed.
CANADIAN EMBASSY, Government of Canada — The Government of Canada opposes LNG transits through Head Harbour Passage. "Canada will not cooperate in any coordination planning with U.S. authorities; nor will our Government curtail the use of Head Harbour Passage and Passamaquoddy Bay in order to accommodate the incursion of LNG tankers."
Canada's "position remains that this proposal cannot proceed."
Carl & Heather Ross — The Rosses object to the Downeast LNG project for safety reasons.
Save Passamaquoddy Bay — FERC has finally recognized the 1980 research that demonstred that under some circumstances unconfined LNG vapor can explode. SPB advocates FERC remediation of its own website and literature, as well as of other cooperative agencies, to correct for its unconfined LNG-vapor-explosion denial.
EPA New England — The EPA has no comments re the Supplimental Draft EIS; however, they do not object to the project. They indicate other LNG import terminal projects have modified their projects [to become LNG export terminals] and request that the Final EIS (FEIS) provide details of modifications and impacts of those modifications should Downeast LNG become an LNG export project.
Passamaquoddy Tribe — The Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation Office does not support the Downeast LNG project due to the dangers and due to impacts on traditions that it would impose.
U.S. Department of the Interior — "Tribal emergency response representatives should be included in the coordination efforts, with specific mention made as such in the Supplemental DEIS."
Fundy Baykeeper, Conservation Council of New Brunswick — Downeast LNG has demonstrated no need for the project, the natural gas market already has ample domestic supply, and the FERC process is biased for the applicant. Permits should be denied.
Save Passamaquoddy Bay — The US Coast Guard requires DeLNG to obtain Passamaquoddy Nation approval of DeLNG's proposed use of the waterway. The Saint Croix Schoodic Band of Passamaquoddy disapproves of Downeast LNG's proposed use of the waterway.
Downeast LNG has failed to meet this Coast Guard requirement.
Save Passamaquoddy Bay — Richard and Katherine Berry, and Paul and Suzanne Crawford — Homes along the north shore of Mill Cove, across the cove from proposed Downeast LNG, would be within the Hazard Zone and Exclusion Zone. Photographs of the homes and waterway are included.