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|2003 2004 ||
|Eastport City Manager Says Split Rock LNG Site Is Unacceptable, City Council Tables Discussion
Economic group lists priorities
Sides are lining up in Sears Island planning process
Dockworkers' Union Calls for Cleaner Air at Seaports
Do High Prices Mean We're Running Out of Natural Gas?
Broadwater files for LNG (Jan 30)
Fears over offshore projects (Jan 30)
A new twist in the fight over a proposed LNG terminal in Fall River (Jan 28)
Miozza files federal LNG suit (Jan 28)
Groups, Shell debate risk to Gulf from gas facility (Jan 28)
Concerns with LNG (Jan 27)
|26||Big oil spill underscores hurricane hazards in Gulf (Jan 20)
Attorney General Joins LNG Terminal Fight
MA & RI File Suit Against LNG Proposal
Council pens protest letter
Petition seeks $25,000 to fight LNG plan
Governor pushes group for marine sanctuary
|Canadian MP vows to fight LNG terminal
LNG Foes Happy Harper Won, LNG Developers Press Onward
Better data sought on LNG plant plan [Editorial]
Gas plan headed for battle in Council
Prospective Natural Gas Users Support Cabrillo Port; Letters of Intent/Interest Signed With 18 Consumers for Cabrillo Port Supply [News release]
CLF to Bring Fall River LNG Appeal to Federal Court: Legal Action Result of FERC Denail of CLF Appeal
|Long-time Member Of Parliament Greg Thompson Re-elected
Ambassador gets his facts straight period. [Opinion column] (2005 Dec 1)
LNG coming to a seaport near you: A clear and present danger, or hot air about a cool fuel? (2005 Nov 1)
Del. to go the distance over boarder dispute
Solving our gas pains [Editorial]
|23||Washington County task force supports LNG development
Supreme Court appoints special master in LNG dispute
Guard won’t set LNG zones
Staff Edit: The dangers of LNG [Opinion]
Dan Walters: Power play looms over bringing in liquefied natural gas [Opinion column]
|Don't shroud Broadwater plan [Opinion]
LNG the easy way [Opinion]
No relief from high natural gas prices, tight supplies expected soon
|Nuclear plant owner fined $28 million: FirstEnergy admits workers covered up serious damage to facility
LNG dependence risky [Op-ed column]
Bayport land use issues (1999 Sep 15)
Memo part of LNG testimony
Ruling on LNG lawsuit at least a month away
|Pipeline expansion would accommodate Canadian gas (Jan 19)
Pilot Says Passage Okay But He's Not In Favor Of LNG
Differences at St. Andrews debate
Regulators approve Mass. town LNG terminal (Jan 19)
US panel reiterates approval of LNG facility: Fall River mayor vows a lawsuit to block project
Foes fired up over LNG ruling
Taking the wind out of LNG's sails [Op-ed]
Mayor would like 'longer look' on LNG site
Forum discusses LNG terminal
|FERC affirms its approval of Weaver's Cove LNG; Stands by its rejection of Keyspan LNG in Providence [News release]
Connecticut officials call for FERC to disclose Broadwater plans
Woodside plans to skirt Californian LNG concern with new ships
LNG special report - No 4
|LNG and port security [Letter to the editor]
Council ponders negative LNG report
State Misses Chance To Air Its Concerns On LNG Plan
Downeast LNG offers town $3.6 million annual package (Jan 13)
Pilots support Downeast LNG proposal (Jan 13)
Judge rules against newspapers in suit for open LNG meetings (Jan 13)
LNG company purchases Perry properties (Jan 13)
Selectmen await advice on PIA proposal (Jan 13)
FERC holds pipeline expansion meetings (Jan 13)
Quoddy Bay's request approved by FERC (Jan 13)
Robbinston votes nearly 3 to 1 for LNG (Jan 13)
Woodside proposes tanker-based LNG terminal offshore California
UPDATE 2-Woodside Pete plans to deliver LNG to California
Port "can’t abandon Calpine lease"
Coast Guard says Broadwater LNG project needs more proof of safety
|17||Pilot unhappy with pro-LNG letter
Drama at debate
Firm Says Process for Shipping Gas Is Safer
New England faces shifting energy game
Offshore LNG project impacts on Marine Life assessed to be minimal
|Propaganda told as fact [Letter to the editor]
Official says we need more LNG
Lawsuit over LNG terminal back in court
Codey hands over LNG fight
Gas Terminal Could Leave Us Vulnerable [Commentary] (Jan 15)
Speedboat attack on Nigeria rig
Natural gas treads a global path in Maryland (Jan 15)
|Quoddy Bay LLC's PR firm falsely accuses Save Passamaquoddy Bay webmaster of misinformation: Sutherland Weston errs for client
LNG terminals worry fishermen
Developer lauds approval of LNG plan (Jan 12)
Pilotage Commission announces hearing (Jan 11)
FERC to hear appeals Thursday
Power company proposes LNG terminal at Sparrows Point
Weaver's Cove gets last-place ranking as facility for LNG (Jan12)
Blumenthal challenges LNG project (Jan 12)
Blumenthal demands documents regulators say are already public (Jan 11)
|13||Machias forum to focus on coastal access issues
Map raises terrorism concerns
CG Seeking New Security Report On LNG Plan
FERC Approves Quoddy Bay, LLC’s Pre-Filing Request (Jan 11)
|U.S. Coast Guard wants Canadian input on LNG plan
Robbinston votes in favor of LNG terminal in town
Robbinston referendum: voters favor LNG in their town
Robbinston voters give overwhelming support to Downeast LNG project [News release via Pierce Atwood Consulting for Downeast LNG]
Three LNG projects proposed for Passamaquoddy Bay (2006 Jan)
MMA's Tyler to head international association
|Council calls on PM to stop tankers
Slick LNG propaganda [Letter to the editor]
The candidates from New Brunswick Southwest debate the issues [Including LNG]
Mixed views aired in forum on gas pipeline
LNG special report - day three
Hess LNG: More gas needed to avoid blackouts
Running out of time to buy LNG
Sempra gains US FERC nod to start Cameron LNG expansion process
Renewable Energy Law Passed for Prince Edward Island
Ocean Energy Report for 2005 (Jan 9)
LNG carrier to become storage, regas unit (Jan 9)
Liquefied Natural Gas Market Spawns a Glut in Ships Built to Carry the Fuel (Jan 9)
Lawmaker sees bill as the future of energy in Va. (Jan 9)
|Public forums set on gas pipeline
Will Sable still be able?
|BP breaks pledge to watchdog
DJ Australia Press: US working to clear Australian LNG
The politics of natural gas (Jan 6)
|LNG special report - day two: How does LNG behave when spilled?
Static electricity cause of tanker truck fire (2005 Sep 20)
|Judge rules open meetings not required for LNG project
Fishermen not allowed to tie up in the Port Of Saint John [due to security measures]
U.S. Coast Guard to assess Passamaquoddy Bay for LNG tankers
Millett wants to be first Green MP
Sierra Club upset with LNG review plan
Northern Star files more paperwork on pipeline
The geopolitics of natural gas (Jan 4; Jan 23 issue)
Golar LNG signs contract for first LNG FSRU [floating, storage & regasification unit]
|LNG plan faces federal review
Awards for LNG opponents (Jan 3)
Revised Public Notice to Extend Comment Period for Proposed LNG Terminal (Jan 4)
Sempra Energy Reaches Agreement to Settle Energy Crisis Class-Action Litigation (Jan 4)
A Dispute Underscores the New Power of Gas (Jan 3)
Facts support safety, cheaper cost of LNG [Opinion] (Jan 2)
LNG top local issue (Jan 1)
Letter: Too many questions [Letter to the editor] (2005 Dec 30)
Federal Statutes - Energy Policy Act of 2005 - Mandatory actions with no deadline - Docket No. PL05-13-000, CP01-384-000 (Dec 28)
31 January 2006
"If the Maine coast is where LNG needs to be situated, then the State of Maine has to be part of the process. And supportive of a process is not solely allowing the site to be in the poorest of neighborhoods that can least afford to protect their own interests."
"[W]e're not telling Quoddy Bay LNG that they're not welcomed in Passamaquoddy Bay, we're telling them we find that site (Split Rock) unacceptable. We're telling the State, we find that site unacceptable, and we're telling the Federal government, we find that site unacceptable.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: There is appropriately no mention of LNG in the Washington County Task Force's eight key points. Even though they attempted to push LNG development here, it was not in their mandate, and they apparently have dropped the topic.]
Steve Tanguay, filling in for his wife Astrig Tanguay, who has been active on the selectmen-appointed Sears Island Alternative Uses Committee (SIAUC) and more recently with PSI, said it was critical to the planning process “to make sure both the economic and environmental impacts” of any proposed development be considered. The Tanguays operate a family-run campground in Searsport across from Sears Island. They were instrumental in first raising widespread concern in 2004 over a DOT-supported proposal to build a $350 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the island. Overwhelming public opposition to that proposal caused its unidentified developers to back off.
The effort to reduce smog stemming from seaports, among the biggest polluters in the nation, gained an ally on Monday when the union representing thousands of West Coast dockworkers promised to help significantly reduce toxic emissions.
"A number of people have pointed out that our best policy on natural gas of late has been prayer -- pray for warm weather," Andrews said. "Prayer is not a great basis on which to build a national energy policy."
The project proposed by Broadwater, which has received much public opposition, calls for a floating LNG terminal about halfway between Wading River and New Haven, Conn. It is intended to provide an energy solution that incorporates proven technology to ensure the safety of coastal communities and avoids impacts to sensitive nearshore habitat. A new offshore pipeline will connect the LNG terminal to an existing pipeline system that currently transports natural gas to serve homes, businesses and power plants in the Long Island Sound region.
[T]he design of the mooring system will allow it to withstand wind and wave conditions beyond any experienced in Long Island Sound history. The proposed location of the facility and the pipeline has been moved to reflect input from fishermen, lobstermen and other marine users. (Jan 30)
Many of those who make their living on the water or use it for recreation, as well as environmentalists, have concerns about the implications of each project. And they worry about the cumulative impact of placing these kinds of facilities off the shores of a heavily populated region. (Jan 30)
“Here are the only open-loop proposed locations in the country, and they all fit on this map of the Gulf,” Favre said. “The Gulf is the sole target for this type of project.” No one seems to be looking at the cumulative impact of having a number of facilities taking in water from the Gulf, he said. (Jan 28)
[New Brunswick's Environment and Local Government Minister Trevor Holder] said the site across from St. Andrews was the only LNG proposal he was aware of and that the government wasn't comfortable with that site for a number of reasons, primarily safety, environmental and the effect it would have on the tourist industry in the area. (Jan 27)
26 January 2006
A double-hulled tanker barge now drained and floating upside down at a dock off Mobile Bay was responsible for what appears to be one of the Gulf of Mexico's largest oil spills, which received scant attention when it occurred after midnight Nov. 11. A gash in the hull 35 feet long and 6 feet wide released up to 3 million gallons of oil off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas. [Bold & red emphasis added.] (Jan 20)
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This incident sinks the LNG tanker "double-hull infallability" myth.]
The appeal was filed jointly by Fall River Mayor Edward Lambert, Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly, Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch and the Massachusetts Energy Facility Siting Board.
"We also are challenging the fact that this decision by FERC flies in the face of congressional intent," he said, referring to federal pipeline regulations that mandate where a terminal can be built and call for an evidentiary hearing if there is a dispute of the facts surrounding a new facility.
The company is seeking permits from the Army Corps for dredging in the Mount Hope Bay/Taunton River and to install structures and discharge fill materials in wetlands and waterways for the construction of the LNG terminal and natural gas pipeline facilities.
In its letter, the council states "no review should be made nor any permits considered for the construction of a proposed terminal whose access to the facility is contingent upon the Brightman Street Bridge being demolished."
Opponents of the liquefied natural gas terminal proposed for Weaver's Cove in Fall River last night submitted a petition to the Board of Selectmen with 500 signatures asking that a special Town Meeting appropriate $25,000 for the legal battle to stop the project.
25 January 2006
"We [took] a position on this in September 2004, and our position has been carried over and articulated during the election. Obviously, we are against the passage of LNG tankers through Head Harbour Passage in what we consider to be internal Canadian waters," he said Tuesday. "And Mr. Harper has stated that we will use every diplomatic and legal means to enforce that no."
Dean Girdis of Downeast LNG said of Harper, "you've got to look at the language which he used. Quoting Stephen Harper, I will pursue every diplomatic and legal option to stop LNG in Passamaquoddy Bay. You have to look at the basis. What is the legal basis for denying access to the territorial sea? There is no legal basis at present in Canadian legislation, either for maritime or any other legislation. It falls within innocent passage."
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: As hard as Girdis tries, he can't change maritime law by merely stating his flawed opinion.]
[T]he less-than-forthcoming data from the utility for example, Broadwater recycled weather data from a Baltimore LNG plant to calculate how spilled LNG would disperse in Long Island Sound doesn't send a comforting signal to residents along Long Island Sound.
The FSRU [Floating Storage and Re-gasification Unit] will be based more than 14 miles from the closest point to shore and more than 21 miles from the city of Oxnard. Its location is outside existing shipping lanes and marine mammal migratory patterns, and well away from the Point Mugu U.S. naval testing area and the Channel Island Marine Sanctuary. [Bold emphasis added.]
"Since July 2005, several LNG projects from Canada to Massachusetts are in the permitting process and others have come on line; these new sources of natural gas, alone or combined, could provide the necessary supplies for the North East without the environmental and safety impacts associated with the Fall River proposal," said Susan Reid, an attorney with CLF in Massachusetts.
24 January 2006
"We've got some really good legal advice on this whole [LNG] issue. We just didn't enter into this in any kind of a callous, careless way, it's been well thought out and so it'll be one of the things that I am quite certain we'll move on very quickly," Thompson told us.
Mercy…. (2005 Dec 1)
The heat generated by the Sandia report, the proponents add, has outpaced the light shed by its findingsand in some ways has overshadowed the debate about other important issues, such as how many LNG import facilities the country needs; how many of these should be deepwater ports; where they should be located according to business models, and how many LNG carriers can the economy support. (2005 Nov 1)
New Jersey and Delaware have engaged in a chest-beating match over the Crown Landing proposal. Delaware state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would authorize a call-up of the National Guard to oppose the Crown Landing development.
It seems Reps. Jim McGovern and Barney Frank managed to get a provision into last year’s transportation bill (one of those infamous “earmarks” you’ve been hearing a lot about lately), prohibiting the demolition of the now “historic” Brightman Street Bridge (already slated to be replaced by a modern span upriver).
The aging bridge is supposed to be turned into a walkway and bike path. But its real purpose is to impede tanker traffic at the proposed Weaver’s Cove facility, making it a first class political dirty trick. FERC officials declined to take the bridge into consideration one way or another. But what the political system has done, it can undo. And when New Englanders take a look at their January gas bills, they might just demand a different approach. (Jan 21)
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Or, the LNG developer could site their receiving facility miles offshore, where no one would be at risk.]
"It’s going to be us versus them, and we are going to have to play hardball," [former mayoral candidate F. George Jacome] said. "The only thing that is going to stop this project dead in the water is to seize this land. We have to take it and take it now."
23 January 2006
- Rep. Ed Dugay, D-Cherryfield, task force co-chairman;
- Rep. Anne Perry, D-Calais;
- Sen. Kevin Raye, R-Perry;
- Dianne Tilton, Sunrise County Economic Council executive director;
- Chris Gardner, Washington County commissioner;
- Cynthia Huggins, University of Maine at Machias president;
- Robert Jamison, Vicus Technology, Eastport; and
- Scott Beal, Domtar Industries, Baileyville.
- Bill Cassidy, Washington County Community College president; and
- David Whitney, a Machias businessman.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The Washington County Task Force has 23 members, all appointed by Gov. Baldacci. Around one-half or more regularly skip these meetings. That should tell the public something about "representation" of Washington County and the validity of this committee.]
The high court appointed attorney Ralph Lancaster Jr. of Portland, Maine, as special master in the case, granting him broad authority to summon witnesses, issue subpoenas and gather any evidence he deems necessary.
In late December, the Coast Guard denied the city’s request that it establish thermal radiation and vapor dispersion exclusion zones for marine spills of LNG similar to already established zones for LNG spills on land.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Either the Coast Guard doesn't know about state-of-the-art offshore LNG receiving facilities that are far less restrictive and present no hazard to land-based populations or it is simply rubber stamping old and unsafe LNG terminal siting.]
Low-income communities tend to suffer disproportionately when it comes to dangerous facilities being placed in their backyards. All viable options should be considered before a decision is reached; otherwise, our most powerless communities will be faced with an unjust and very dangerous burden.
The last time the [California] Capitol attempted to make such a momentous energy decision was exactly a decade ago, when the Legislature unanimously passed a misnamed "deregulation" bill for electric power that turned out to be a financial disaster. One hopes today's politicians do a much better job of it.
22 January 2006
New York and Connecticut residents have a right to know whether a huge, floating liquefied natural gas terminal proposed for Long Island Sound would put their health or safety at risk. They should be able to find out if it would be able to withstand a hurricane, a powerful tidal surge - even a tanker collision or an attack.
New supplies of natural gas, he said, will come from unconventional resources in the Lower 48 states, where unconventional reserves are the fastest-growing source of natural gas and producers are expanding into new areas, seeking natural gas.
Of those unconventional sources, he said, 80 percent will be tight sands, 10 percent gas shales and 10 percent coalbed methane. Much of those unconventional reserves are found in the Rocky Mountains, [Steve Taylor, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Natural Gas Services Group Inc.] added.
21 January 2006
Company and Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigations concluded that the rust hole had been growing for at least four years and that Davis-Besse's managers had ignored the evidence because they were focused on profits rather than safety at the plant, which sits along the Lake Erie shore about 30 miles east of Toledo. [Bold & red emphasis added.]
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This incident shoots holes through FERC's frequent argument that energy facility operators don't want accidents, so they'll operate their facilities safely! What could be worse than a nuclear accident?
Even though the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) isn't the FERC, NRC's standards should certainly be at least as rigid and demanding as FERC's, and are probably more so.
Both this incident and BP's 2005 fatal possibly criminal Texas oil refinery explosion are indicative of ever-present temptation in the minds of energy companies: more profit at the expense of safety.
Such realities are sufficient reason to distrust the "word" of FERC and LNG terminal operators when they say that placing LNG facilities on the public's doorstep is "safe," and nothing to worry about.
Further, it justifies using state-of-the-art technology, locating LNG terminals several miles offshore.]
Increasing reliance on LNG is likely to weaken our energy security, as well as undermine the drive to reduce our nation's dependence on imported fuel. LNG represents yet another foreign energy source that must be imported from overseas producers that are looking for ways to tighten the chokehold they have on the U.S. economy.
These countries have the world's largest gas reserves, and they're looking for ways to establish a global gas cartel patterned after OPEC, so they can use the LNG market to control the world supply and price.
LNG dependence might not be the worst security risk the United States faces, but it could become extremely serious. The latest evidence of the growing threat was Russia's ham-handed cut-off of gas supplies to neighboring Ukraine. Because it had repercussions across Europe, the shutdown of natural gas lines was an eye-opener for France, Germany and other countries that had long taken Russian gas for granted and suddenly found themselves unprepared for a crisis that threatened their economies.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Although the op-ed column's author indicated that there are four LNG import terminals operating in the US, there are actually five. The latest LNG terminal to go online is an offshore terminal in the Gulf of Mexico, 116 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
While the column author is correct about the risk of relying on imported LNG, he advocates relying in part on nuclear energy, which comes with other inherent safety security problems, including the to-date unresolved and enormously expensive problem of disposing of the spent fuel rods.]
Heavy industrial uses, considered in terms of commonly accepted planning and land use standards, are incompatible with most other land uses, particularly residential, institutional (schools), and park, recreational and open space uses. In most municipalities, substantial buffers are required between even light industrial and residential uses, and heavy industry is not allowed in any reasonable proximity to residential uses. This is a national standard, promulgated by the American Planning Association and established in land use regulations and comprehensive plans throughout the nation. [Bold & red emphasis added.] (1999 Sep 15)
Among the items of contention in the two days of testimony in the open-meetings case concerning a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Galveston was a document former wharves board member Rusty Legg tried to distribute to city council members.
20 January 2006
Despite a reduction in Sable Island gas production, the M&N pipeline is operating near capacity. The expansion is needed to accommodate the new sources of gas from LNG facilities in the Maritimes, according to Hanley. [Bold emphasis added.] (Jan 19)
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: As this article attests, there is no room now or in the planned pipeline expansion for any of the three proposed Passamaquoddy Bay LNG projects' gas. Even if there were room, it's likely that there will be no customers for these three projects.
According to Dean Girdis' public statement at his recent Robbinston presentation, his investors believe that they have only a 30% chance of getting their project completed, and he said that even then they may end up with no customers. Quoddy Bay LLC and Downeast LNG in-the-field developers (the Smiths, Girdis, and Wyatt) may simply be taking advantage of their own large salaries, paid by investors who think success has poor odds, while they work on projects that have already lost the race.]
A story in Tuesday's Saint Croix Courier newspaper says a veteran harbor pilot said he is not in favor of the building of the building of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Mill Cove, near Robbinston, ME, despite the fact that his name appeared on a letter to Downeast LNG supporting the project.
The subject of LNG came up several times during the debate, although not in a specific question. Smith said LNG tankers will not be going through Head Harbour Passage. He said the Liberal government has commissioned extensive studies and they will say no to the LNG developments once those studies are completed.
[Greg Thompson said,] "We've stated our position very carefully and it's predicated on the best advice that we could get from all jurisdictions in terms of what our position would be and it would be no to LNG. I stake my parliamentary career and reputation on that. We will say no and, if we get elected, they will not go in Passamaquoddy Bay."
Federal regulators said Thursday they won't reconsider their approval of a liquefied natural gas import terminal in the heart of Fall River, Mass., though city and state officials say it would pose a safety risk.
As demand for natural gas skyrockets, four LNG proposals have surfaced in Massachusetts in recent years. The Fall River proposal has generated the greatest controversy so far because it is the only one to have received FERC approval and it is proposed in a densely packed city.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Although FERC's approval of the Fall River project makes LNG terminals in Passamaquoddy Bay less likely, the FERC's willingness to place a terminal within one mile of where 9,000 people live or work demonstrates the FERC's lack of regard for human life in favor of big business. One bright spot shines on the FERC Commission, however, and that is Commissioner Suedeen G. Kelly, who voted against approval of the Fall River project.]
The conservation foundation will now move the issue from the regulatory arena to the legal arena by filing an appeal with the federal appellate court, said [Sue Reid, a staff attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation], whose group has a track record of winning high-profile lawsuits, such as the landmark case forcing cleanup of Boston Harbor.
We find it is difficult to imagine a worse location for an LNG terminal than Port Richmond. We also find it hard to imagine a worse route for tankers loaded with LNG than to have them passing the densely populated residential neighborhoods of South Philadelphia, Whitman, Pennsport, Queen Village, Society Hill, Old City, Northern Liberties and Fishtown (as well as communities in New Jersey).
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Here's more justification for the Whole Bay Study. Elected officials and voters shouldn't be asked to approve LNG projects until all the ramifications positive and negative are known.]
The Arlington-Va. based company set up displays around the college cafeteria meeting site, intending that people walk around cocktail-party style and talk with project planners. But the people demanded that company officials answer questions in an open forum for all to hear.
19 January 2006
The Commission denied petitions for rehearing filed jointly by the City of Fall River, the Rhode Island Attorney General, and the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board. In addition, the Commission denied separate petitions for rehearing filed by the Conservation Law Foundation and Mr. Michael L. Miozza.
The Commission rejected pleadings styled as amicus briefs filed by the City of Newport and the Towns of Bristol, Tiverton, Middletown and Portsmouth and Jamestown, Rhode Island in opposition to the Commission’s July 15 ruling. The Commission said none of the towns sought intervener status and therefore have no standing in the proceedings before FERC. The Commission noted FERC regulations and the Natural Gas Act restrict requests for rehearing of agency actions only to interveners. [Bold emphasis added.]
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The FERC's Fall River decision makes it very clear that opinions of affected communities opposing LNG terminal siting carry no weight in FERC's approval process.]
“We were a little surprised to see that this was an issue. All that [Blumenthal] has to do is apply to the federal government for the information and I am sure that he is aware of that,” said [John Hritchco, vice-president at Broadwater].
Woodside Petroleum Ltd. said it plans to skirt concern among Californians about the safety of liquefied natural gas import terminals by delivering the fuel directly into pipelines from ships moored offshore.
Woodside said its ships will anchor about 15 miles off the coast of Southern California and deliver the gas through undersea pipelines. The absence of an onshore processing plant will avoid the need for storage, said Jane Cutler, president of the company's Woodside Natural Gas unit. [Bold emphasis added.]
The Petroplus ES ... did not consider the impacts of a possible gas fired power station ... the high pressure gas pipeline ... LNG shipping ... on other users of the haven or on those living in towns along the edge of the waterway.
According to the [incorrect] ES, spilled "LNG would vaporise and disperse. Natural gas is a buoyant gas, which disperses rapidly in the atmosphere, unlike LPG, which forms a dense heavier than air gas." [Bold & red emphasis added.]
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: If any of the above seems familiar, it's because members of the LNG industry in general seem to be of the same ilk they don't want communities to know the full effects of their projects.]
18 January 2006
What will a possible 280 supertankers a year do to our bay (180 at Split Rock, 50 at Robbinston and 50 more at Red Beach)? If we allow this to happen, we will be shutting down the whole bay to all boating including those who make a living on the water.
The rose-tinted image of a 21st Century Pembrokeshire grown rich on the energy industry has been dealt a savage blow after it emerged that the largest single impact made by the two Liquefied Natural Gas terminals has been negative.
The report [also] states that between May and October last year, Dyfed Powys Police officers were called in to investigate approximately 30 criminal incidents involving LNG employees ranging from allegations of theft to rape. [Bold & red emphasis added.]
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: As Pembrokeshire has found out, LNG has brought unanticipated problems with housing, forcing young workers out of the area, forced out medical service providers, and increased infrastructure expense, and crime. This is a perfect example of why Downeast LNG and the other LNG developers don't want the public to know what they'll be faced with should an LNG terminal ever exists in Passamaquoddy Bay. ]
The support was in the form of a letter dated December 19, 2005, to Wyatt stating, "After an extensive preliminary review, we can support the safe transit of LNG vessels to your proposed site, via Head Harbour Passage, Western Passage and Passamaquoddy Bay." (Jan 13)
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The problem is, though, that the pilots organization didn't actually support the building of the LNG terminals. In fact, the Saint Croix Courier reported that at least one pilot opposes all three of the Passamaquoddy Bay LNG projects. Once again, Downeast LNG and Quoddy Bay LLC seem like non-ethical birds-of-a-feather.]
Justice Humphrey concluded that the meetings of the tribal council regarding the reservation's negotiations to lease its land to Quoddy Bay LLC for an LNG facility "are the actions of a business corporation, not a municipality, and thus, are not public proceedings open to plaintiffs or to the general public within the meaning of Maine's Freedom of Access Act." (Jan 13)
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: A government isn't a government. Now, that's jurisprudence.]
During the January 9 selectmen's meeting, Chairman John Spinney told Turner, "We are taking advice from MMA [Maine Municipal Association]. They referred us to our local lawyer, our town lawyer John Foster, and everything is still up in the air." (Jan 13)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is holding scoping meetings in Maine to gather information concerning the proposal by Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline LLC to expand its natural gas pipeline system to provide additional natural gas supplies and enhanced reliability to customers in the northeastern United States, where energy demand continues to increase. The expansion project is known as the Maritimes Phase IV Project. (Jan 13)
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline is expanding to accommodate the upcoming supply from Canada. There will be no space in the expanded pipeline for any of the three Quoddy-area LNG projects.]
Quoddy Bay LLC, the company developing the $500 million Quoddy Bay LNG project on the Pleasant Point Reservation of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, on January 11 received notice from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the agency has approved the company's pre-filing request. (Jan 13)
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Although accepted, there's still a strong possibility that the FERC will then reject the pre-filing. The FERC still hasn't ruled on our request to reject the pre-application, due to the lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs that would, effectively, negate the lease agreement that Quoddy Bay LLC needs from the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribal Government.]
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The hurry was so that the voters wouldn't learn the full negative impacts of the Downeast LNG project. The residents of Pembrokeshire, Wales, now are beginning to realize their mistake in allowing LNG into their community.]
The project, called OceanWay, "would use safe, state-of-the-art technology at least 15 miles off the coast of California and standard pipeline and storage facilities on land," the company, a subsidiary of Australia's Woodside, said. [Bold & red emphasis added.]
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18-Jan-2006 Woodside proposes tanker-based LNG terminal offshore California
The Australian oil and gas producer said it plans to deliver the LNG via tankers to a site at least 15 miles offshore Southern California, where it would be turned back to gas aboard the tankers and then delivered to shore through a pipeline on the seabed.
Tankers arriving offshore Southern California would dock at a submerged buoy connected to a flexible pipe that would deliver gas to the seabed pipeline. The line would connect to the onshore pipeline system carrying gas to customers.
While the company would not put a price tag on the facilities, officials said the cost of building new tankers with onboard regasifiction technology and building the pipeline would likely approach the cost of a typical onshore project.
A similar project by BHP Billiton, the Cabrillo project, involves an LNG regasification platform some 14 miles offshore Oxnard, California, and is farther along in the state and federal permitting project. [Bold & red emphasis added.]
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Offshore terminal siting and regasification costs no more to build than onshore facilities, and is the only type of siting that makes good safety sense.]
The U.S. bankruptcy code states that any provision that allows for the termination of a lease because of bankruptcy is unenforceable, Reynolds said. In addition, filing for bankruptcy protects the company from most legal actions, she said; parties that try to take legal actions against the company while it's protected by this "automatic stay" could face contempt sanctions and punitive costs.
The Coast Guard has told the company that wants to build a controversial liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound that it has not supplied adequate information to prove the project is safe.
17 January 2006
A veteran harbour pilot said he is not in favour of the building of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Mill Cove, near Robbinston, Me., despite the fact that his name appeared on a letter to Downeast LNG supporting the project.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Dean Girdis doesn't have the pilots' support that he's been claiming.]
[Michael R. Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission] added that offshore facilities the kind proposed by Woodside, BHP Billiton and a third company, Crystal Energy would seem safer than placing an onshore facility in a populated area. "If you're going to site an LNG terminal, it seems to me it's vastly preferable to have them offshore rather than sited in a very busy harbor," Peevey said.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Offshore LNG terminal siting is the only method that makes public-safety sense, although other issues such as fishing and environment remain.]
New England faces shifting energy game Bangor Daily News, Bangor, ME
Self-reliance and resourcefulness are New England hallmarks. Ingenuity and technological prowess are its trademarks. With a pioneering spirit, its six states working closely together, New England could lead America's indispensable energy revolution.
The harsh fact is that New England's reliance on fossil fuels whether from nearby Canada or such places as politically turbulent Venezuela and terrorist-supply-threatened Saudi-Arabia costs billions of dollars that could be recirculating, creating new companies and new jobs to bolster the region's perilously slow-growth economy. The lost opportunity is immense.
The actual impact of offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects on marine life in the Gulf of Mexico will be substantially less than originally identified by environmental analyses, according to findings released today by The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) from an independent ecological review of the analyses.
CLNG commissioned Exponent, Inc., to undertake an independent evaluation of the technical work that has been done to date in assessing environmental impacts from use of seawater in open loop vaporization (OLV) systems proposed in LNG terminals in the Gulf. The primary environmental question associated with the use of OLV technology is the potential for impact on fish eggs and larvae into seawater intakes.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Open loop vaporization is inherently harmful, since anything in the water that goes through it will be killed. The Center for Liqified Natural Gas is merely attempting to "sell" that harmful technology, at the expense of the existing fishery, sport fishing, and ecology, in order to make more money for the LNG industry.]
16 January 2006
Webster's dictionary defines the word propaganda as "... ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to damage an opposing cause." Nancy Asante clearly creates her own propaganda which she redistributes as fact.
[NOTE: As typical with Bangor Daily News letters to the editor, the online page contains no link to take you directly to a particular letter. To find the letter using the above link, search the page for "Propaganda told as fact".]
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Webster's online dictionary also defines "propaganda" as...
"Information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause."
It's a humorous irony that in his condemnation of propaganda Cary Weston, makes his living by creating and disseminating propaganda. It seems that Cary Weston has a strong disdain for his own industry, making it all the better that he represents Quoddy Bay LLC.]
... Fall River Mayor Edward Lambert, a harsh critic of FERC’s decision to allow a new LNG facility in the city, said safety was clearly not FERC’s top priority when it approved an LNG facility in his hardscrabble city. The overriding issue was about natural-gas supplies not the safety of nearby residential neighborhoods, he said.
Recent federal government studies have shown that an explosion of a large LNG tanker whether caused by accident or caused by terrorist attacks could devastate nearby areas via intense thermal heat.
The suit contends the Galveston Wharves Board of Trustees and members of the Galveston City Council violated open meetings laws as the board secured a 35-year lease agreement with BP to locate the LNG terminal on Pelican Island and the council approved a pact to honor the BP agreement should the wharves board dissolve.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Leave it to BP, the company with a lousey corporate safety culture, and a partner in Dominion Cove Point Downeast LNG's "model" LNG facility to be a party to secret meetings with city officials.]
A Corzine spokesman confirmed the incoming Democrat plans to continue fighting Delaware. That state contends a border drawn by William Penn runs through the middle of the river's shipping channel, giving its Department of Natural Resources and Environment Council power to regulate the dock. Under the charter, Delaware owns up to the low water line on the New Jersey bank of the river within 12 miles of the New Castle courthouse.
[R]emember the caution from the 9/11 Commission that the major problem on 9/11 was a "failing of imagination." We must do far better to imagine other scenarios and the consequences in lives and economic losses that could accompany increased dependence on LNG.
"By setting our future policy, basing it on LNG, then we will be subject to the same forces that we're now subject to in oil supply - in other words, foreign disruptions, political events, growth of the energy sector in Asia," said Rep. Don Sherwood, R-Pa., at a congressional hearing last month. (Jan 15)
14 January 2006
At a meeting between members of the Cobscook Bay Fishermen’s Association and representatives of Downeast LNG, lobstermen who fish the Western Passage that runs between Deer Island on the east and Eastport and the Perry shore on the west, said they lose as much as 30 percent of their gear to shipping bound for the Bayside terminal and to aquaculture barges that transit the area.
Most lobstermen in the area fish the Western Passage right out to the international boundary that runs down the center during a season that runs from May through December. The area also sees considerable scallop and urchin fishing beginning in September and extending through the spring.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Downeast LNG is proud that they've snookered the community before the Whole Bay Study is completed and may show that the LNG project will not be such a good idea.]
"We’ve asked for a (hearing) so that we can present testimony and cross-examine witnesses," said Mayor Edward M. Lambert Jr., who plans to attend the meeting. "So we won’t be satisfied if FERC says, ‘We (decided) it and you lose.’"
Officials at AES Corp., based in Arlington, Va., said the project is still in the preliminary discussion phase. It would include a marine terminal, storage tanks and an 85-mile pipeline that would connect to an existing natural gas distribution center in suburban Philadelphia.
Fall River Mayor Edward M. Lambert Jr., a staunch opponent of the proposal for Weaver's Cove, said the Downeast LNG assessment should be taken with a grain of salt because it comes from a competitor that was focusing on Maine sites.
From the standpoint of local consumers, Weaver's Cove is a much better site than the ranking would suggest because having a natural gas source there avoids expensive transportation charges from terminals in Maine and beyond, [Weaver's Cove Energy spokesman James Grasso] said. (Jan 12)
"Secrecy will not disarm terrorists," Blumenthal said. "It will only disadvantage the public. It will not guarantee safety and security. It will disable efforts to accurately and accountably evaluate the risks. Secrecy spawns distrust. Concealment signals danger." (Jan 12)
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal demanded the release of engineering documents for a proposed Long Island Sound fuel terminal Wednesday, though federal regulators said the records are already available to anyone who asks for them. (Jan 11)
13 January 2006
Machias forum to focus on coastal access issues Bangor Daily News, Bangor, ME
A sea kayaking guide from Robbinston, the director of an international port in Eastport, the executive director of a land trust in Whiting, a fisherman from Cutler and a real estate broker in Jonesport all represent different professional interests along the waterfront Down East.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: See our January Calendar page for more information about this event.]
In a Dec. 21 letter to Broadwater, Coast Guard Capt. Peter Boynton indicated that the report was seriously flawed. It provides unusable information, Boynton said, because it is based on LNG terminals with smaller tanks, supplied by smaller vessels with different inner and outer hull designs from what Broadwater is proposing.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This is a lot like Downeast LNG's pre-application filing with FERC on 2006 Jan 5. FERC sent them a letter on 2006 Jan 12 indicating that Downeast LNG hadn't complied with the requirements for pre-filing. Was Downeast LNG merely trying to keep pace with Quoddy Bay LLC's un-businesslike work*, or was it just ego? You may recall Rob Wyatt bragging to the world that he's actually done this permitting stuff before. The Downeast LNG pre-filing request certainly doesn't reflect LNG permitting experience.]
* Quoddy Bay LLC hasn't secured unfettered access to the land that they require for their project.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: What Smith calls a "thorough review" of their application isn't quite "thorough." The FERC has yet to consider Save Passamaquoddy Bay's request to deny Quoddy Bay LLC's pre-filing. Our request is based on the Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtahkomikumon lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Department of the Interior. The BIA didn't perform its statutory trust obligations when it "approved" the lease agreement between the Sipayik Tribal Government and Quoddy Bay LLC. The lawsuit requests that the BIA perform it's statutory duties, and that the court invalidate the lease.]
11 January 2006
Opponents of the LNG terminals are happy the coast guard wants to hear their views. St. Andrews resident Art McKay says some New Brunswickers have already sent briefs to the coast guard. His group, Save Passamaquoddy Bay, will soon do the same.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: In Girdis' own words, "It's a community's right to express themselves ... an opinion today is not an opinion tomorrow....," (Dean Girdis, 2005 Dec 28). And, Robbinston voters have "[drawn] conclusions when the project hasn't been fully defined and not all of the information is available to make an objective decision," (Dean Girdis, 2005 Aug 24).]
"[A]s far as I'm concerned, the vote reflects the fact that the majority of the voters were not interested in knowing the results of the comprehensive impact study of Passamaquoddy Bay and surrounding areas."
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Girdis and company using ignorance, grandiose promises, and statements about how "open and honest" they are as their strategy wanted the voters of Robbinston to vote before the comprehensive effects of their project on the area is known.]
The anticipated shortage of qualified officers and crew for LNG tankers will be one of the key issues that Leonard H. Tyler, president of Maine Maritime Academy, will deal with as he takes over as chairman of the International Association of Maritime Universities.
10 January 2006
Referring to the statement that the "company will work with Canadians," she said she wondered if this was from the same gentleman who, at a luncheon at the Calais Motor Inn, in December, stated when asked "what about the Canadians?" that "the Canadians are not even an issue. You will see three LNG sites in Passamaquoddy Bay."
Girdis now says that if the Robbinston vote goes against him, he'll continue his efforts to educate voters there. [NOTE: As typical with Bangor Daily News letters to the editor, the online page contains no link to take you directly to a particular letter. To find the letter using the above link, search the page for "Slick LNG propaganda".]
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Girdis needs remedial education in environment, international politics, and sociology. His project is a non-starter.]
Candidates include discussion of LNG projects in Passamaquoddy Bay. (RealPlayer sound file, runs 17:46)
The company proposing the project, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, said expansion is needed to meet increasing demand for natural gas in Canada and the northeastern U.S. as well as to improve reliability and efficiency.
Kelley Woodward of Bucksport said workers [during the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline's previous project] used her property as a bathroom for weeks because the company did not provide portable toilets, were caught drinking alcohol on the job, and routinely strayed from their prescribed areas.
Rumours abounded of riches and jobs galore: There would be power stations and industry would flood into the economically depressed area. Best of all, Milford Haven would be doing its bit for Wales. The cheap gas supply would see Welsh industry stealing a march on the rest of the UK.
Local MP's and Welsh Assembly ministers fell over each other to welcome the projects. County councillors and authority officers were delighted. At last here was the perfect solution to all of Pembrokeshire's problems.
Many of the promised jobs have gone to cheap foreign labour and specialists from outside Pembrokeshire. Locals have been evicted from their homes to migrant workers and safety concerns have grown ever louder. [Bold and red emphasis added.]
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Sound familiar? One might believe that Dean Girdis & Don Smith were the developers at Milford Haven!]
Hess LNG’s proposed Fall River liquefied natural gas facility would help prevent a natural gas shortage such as the one that could develop this winter during periods of high demand and cause blackouts, said James Grasso, a spokesman for the Hess LNG project.
"It would affect small numbers of customers for short periods of time -- 15 minutes to two hours at the most," McDonnell said. "And it’s also important to note the decision on which customers would be affected by a blackout rests solely with the local electric utility."
This is not about what we need. It’s about where we put it," Lambert said. "And there is no reason to jeopardize the lives of Americans in pursuit of greater energy resources when there are alternatives. This is about profit for (Hess LNG). They simply want it in the most advantageous location for them."
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Since Hess is being frustrated by their inability to access the site (due to the Brightman Street Bridge blocking the route) that FERC approved, it is predictable that they'd forecast a gas shortage in order to enlist more support for their project.]
Sempra Energy unit Sempra LNG has received US Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission approval to begin a mandatory pre-filing to expand the processing
capacity at its Cameron LNG receipt terminal in Louisiana to 2.65 Bcf/d from
1.5 Bcf/d, San Diego-based Sempra said Tuesday.
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10-Jan-2006 Sempra gains US FERC nod to start Cameron LNG expansion process
Renewable Energy Law Passed for Prince Edward Island Renewable Energy Access, Peterborough, NH
"Islanders have told us they want Government to pursue cleaner sources of energy that can be produced right here in Prince Edward Island, reducing our reliance on imported energy and giving PEI some control over our own energy future," said Minister of Environment, Energy and Forestry Jamie Ballem.
Ocean Energy Report for 2005 Renewable Energy Access, Peterborough, NH
Existing regulatory hurdles further complicate matters. Despite FERC's efforts, developers still face several years and millions of dollars in costs to license their small and generally benign projects. Most existing regulation was developed for large utility owned hydro plants, with little thought to cost because utilities can simply pass licensing costs on to ratepayers. Moreover, small tidal or ocean projects simply do not have the same impacts as large hydro plants, with impoundments and reservoirs, which can change the environmental composition of a river basin. And even if ocean energy projects turn out to have unanticipated effects, they are small and portable and can be easily removed. (Jan 9)
Golar LNG Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda, has awarded a $90 million (Sing.) contract to Keppel Shipyard Ltd., Singapore, to convert an existing LNG carrier into a floating LNG storage and regasification unit (FSRU), a first conversion of this type, Golar said. (Jan 9)
[F]or many shipowners, natural gas has not proved a worthwhile investment. Most want to charter their ships, which cost about $215 million each, for long periods to energy companies. But the rates on offer at present are uneconomic, they complain.
Shipowners that bought ships to exploit an anticipated short-term spot market in natural gas shipping have fared worse. Many speculatively built ships have been idle for the last year, and those with work often have operated at a loss. (Jan 9)
[T]hose items are included in a draft Virginia Energy Bill , which state lawmakers will consider this year in Richmond amid mounting consumer concerns about high fuel prices and dependence on foreign oil. (Jan 9)
9 January 2006
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: As previously mentioned, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline personnel informed us that the pipeline expansion will be at capacity accommodating its Canadian suppliers. There will be no capacity available for any of the three proposed LNG terminals in Passamaquoddy Bay. In fact, Dean Girdis stated at his 2005 December Robbinston presentation that there may not even be a customer for Passamaquoddy Bay LNG projects.]
"In addition to ensuring an alternative source of energy for Nova Scotians, it will help lower transportation costs for our offshore developers by keeping the pipeline full," Energy Minister Cecil Clarke said in a news release Dec. 19.
8 January 2006
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Surprise, surprise: The same company (BP) that has demonstrated a corporate culture of safety violations and that is a partner in Downeast LNG's "darling," Dominion Cove Point LNG terminal in Maryland has broken its supply promise to regulators in the UK and may be manipuliating gas prices. Girdis & Wyatt may actually believe that BP presents a model of good business! The people around Passamaquoddy Bay know better.]
The U.S. government is working to clear the final barriers to the sale of billions of dollars worth of Australian liquefied natural gas to the U.S. by the end of the decade, the Australian newspaper reports Monday.
Last year, US President George W Bush said his country would encourage China and India to turn into more efficient users of oil. "It's in our economic interest and our national interest to help countries like India and China become more efficient users of oil. That would help take the pressure off global oil supply, take the pressure off prices here at home," he said.
7 January 2006
Because LNG is natural gas reduced in volume by 600 times, the vapour cloud will fairly rapidly become 600 times bigger than the spilled LNG volume. But it doesn't stop growing there. Although the fog will by now be turning to a less opaque mist, the LNG vapour will continue to expand as it mixes with air.
The LNG vapour / air mix remains heavier than air because the air surrounding and mixing with the vapour has been cooled by the LNG. Once the vapour has mixed with air to form roughly one part methane to ten parts air mix, the cloud becomes flammable.
It is now when the cloud is at its largest that it is at its most dangerous. By now the volume of the cloud may be 6,000 times larger than the volume of LNG spilled and still growing. It is odourless, difficult to detect visually and is highly flammable.
[I]f the LNG vapour does catch fire it will start to burn. As it burns, the burning cloud will rapidly increase in volume by eight times in a kind of slow motion burning explosion. If the cloud has drifted someway from the spill, the flames will travel back through the cloud to the source and the boiling pool will also be set alight.
“Everything went well and we didn’t have a large explosion or incident,” said Lemke. He added at the District’s Main Street Fire Station, 14 engines and three tenders were waiting with assignments if there was an explosion. (2005 Sep 20)
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The tanker contained a mere 10,000 gallons of natural gas (equivalent to a little more than 0.06 m3 of LNG). The leak, ignited by static electricity, created a 40-foot-high flame. Fire officials evacuated businesses in the area, and were worried about an explosion. The fire lasted for over 24 hours, unextinguished by firefighters.
Downeast LNG, Quoddy Bay LLC, Calais LNG, and the FERC don't want the public to be concerned that tankers containing from 50,000 250,000 m3 of LNG (13,208,605 66,043,025 gallons of LNG, which will vaporize into 7,925,163,000 39,625,815,000 that's 7.9 BILLION to 39.6 BILLION gallons of natural gas or 792,516 to 3,962,581 times larger than the tanker truck in the above news article) would pass in close proximity to you* every other day without your permission or control. (NOTE: 1 cubic meter = 264.1721 US liquid gallons; Natural Gas Volume = 600 X the volume of LNG)]
* Assuming that you live, work, drive, or recreate within three miles of the tanker route or terminal. Three miles is the minimum distance away from LNG tankers and facilities in which no injuries would be sustained in case of a catastrophic LNG release and fire, according to testimony presented in 2005 before the California Public Utilities Commission by LNG safety expert Dr. Jerry Havens.
6 January 2006
Maine Superior Court Justice Thomas Humphrey ruled last week that the Pleasant Point Reservation acted as a business corporation, not a municipality, in negotiating a land lease with an Oklahoma firm. It therefore did not have to open its meetings about the proposed LNG facility to the press or the public.
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribal Government wasn't a "government," but was a "business"? Its meetings meetings that were advertised to the Tribal population as "public" "weren't open to the public"? Hopefully, the Quoddy Tides and the Bangor Daily News will rush this case to an appeal.]
Keith Rogers says security issues are reason for this action and thinks there is an alternative that could work. (RealPlayer sound file, runs 10:03)
The assessment comes in response to two proposals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) ports on the bay - one from Downeast LNG to build a new terminal at the small resort town of Robbinston, 12 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border, and the other from Quoddy Bay LLC for a terminal on the Passamaquoddy Tribe's reservation at Pleasant Point.
Downeast LNG pledges that, "No chemicals or other pollutants will be discharged into the St. Croix River or Passamaquoddy Bay. The plant will be quiet, with lighting kept to a minimum. LNG terminals have very low environmental emissions. There are very limited air emissions and only rainwater is drained from the site. There are almost no chemicals used in the process."
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Downeast LNG fails to mention that the LNG tanker and accompanying tugs emit more pollutants than an entire gas-fired electric generating station, not to mention the pollution to air and water from additional heavy industry that typically follows natural gas availability. The article also failed to mention five lawsuit from 2000 2003 by about 200 residents and businesses against one of Don Smith's (of Quoddy Bay LLC) cogeneration facilities (PDF file) for causing property values to decline.]
In this election, said Millett, one of the big issues is liquefied natural gas (LNG). Both he and party leader Jim Harris are on record as being opposed to any LNGs in Passamaquoddy Bay but also to LNGs period including the one proposed for Saint John.
He is also opposed to Point Lepreau because, he said, eventually technology will fail and the nuclear generating station is built on an earthquake fault. If there ever is an earthquake, said Millett, he does not have the confidence in the technology that the station will withstand whatever Mother Nature will throw at it.
"The reason why there are so many companies shopping in Eastern Canada for these kind of proposals that are generally rejected along the Eastern Seaboard is because we have a lax regulatory regime and we have desperate communities willing to take projects that other communities that have options don't take," he said.
A contract valued at S$90 million ($148 million) for the first ever conversion of an existing LNG carrier into a LNG floating, storage and regasification unit (FSRU) was signed by Golar LNG Ltd. with Keppel Shipyard Ltd. of Singapore.
5 January 2006
"The comprehensive study process will address the specific concerns raised by the public, business groups and local government regarding shipping, and safety in the area of the proposed project [of Nova Scotia]," Mr. Dion said in a release.
The town has named all the groups involved [Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-Nation Alliance] in the battle against liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Passamaquoddy Bay for the group Volunteer of the Year award for 2005 and the individual award was presented to Art MacKay for his tireless efforts in opposing LNG. (Jan 3)
Based upon requests received during public hearings held on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15, 2005 associated with the permit application filed by Weaver's Cove Energy, LLC and Mill River Pipeline, LCC, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended its public comment period to Feb. 8, 2006. The extension would allow the public additional time to prepare written comments regarding the application. (Jan 4)
Through its Sempra LNG unit, which is building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) receipt facility in Baja California, Mexico, Sempra Energy agrees to provide regasified LNG to SoCalGas and SDG&E, subject to CPUC approval. The sales price will be $0.02 per million British thermal units less than the California Border Index price for natural gas. (Jan 4)
[WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The writer is unaware that while methane is nontoxic to humans it is poisonous to fish, and therefore, is toxic in that context. Thus, LNG can pollute the ocean, if it is presented underwater in soluble form, as would happen in a below-waterline rupture of a ship's hull and LNG container. Further, the LNG freighters, along with the tugs that accompany the freighters burn diesel fuel, which is highly polluting to the air.]
Section 15 of the NGA is amended to provide that the Commission shall act as the lead agency for coordinating all applicable Federal authorizations related to jurisdictional natural gas facilities, and for purposes of complying with NEPA. The Commission is authorized to establish a schedule for all Federal authorizations. (2005 Dec 28)
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