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|2003 2004 ||
|Ethanol's problems (May 17)
Peak predictions (May 3)
Look offshore for LNG site [Letter to the editor]
|LNG foes criticize R.I. deal
Three appeal LNG decision (May 19)
[LNG tanker truck] Crash snarls region's roads for 10 hours
Federal report: LNG terminal would have minor impact on fishing industry
LNG projects clear US FERC staff environment review (May 19)
Platts 5th annual LNG conference (May 19)
House votes to continue offshore drill ban (May 19)
|10 reasons to support Cutler energy initiative [Op-ed column]
Island LNG measure is tabled in Senate
FERC official criticizes political attempts to thwart U.S. LNG development (May 17)
USCG and MARAD issue DEIS for Northeast Gateway LNG project (May 17)
Meetings with U.S. agency on LNG terminal are set (May 18)
LNG project veto illegal, Blanco warned
The rough road to LNG (May 18)
|Finances at issue in LNG dispute
LNG fight still on
Canaport LNG awards EPC contracts
State assails Valdez gas line idea
Murkowski officials pan Alaska LNG idea (May 16)
Strained U.S.-Russian Relations May Impact U.S. Involvement in Shtokman
LNG developers plan to meet long-term energy needs despite decrease in imports
|Cutler eyed for LNG and tidal energy project (May 12)
Court rules tribe's LNG meetings can remain closed (May 12)
Emera to build C$350-mln LNG pipeline
Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline Connects Vital New LNG Supply [Press Release]
Report: New England States Should Manage Region’s Gas Supply (May 15)
Court orders FERC to explain LNG interruption decision in Virginia (May 15)
Fishery group presses Shell
|Lord vows to continue opposition to Maine LNG
LNG foes win battle in the RI State House
|N.B. premier urges U.S. to block proposed LNG terminal
Eastern premiers hope ambassador can resolve U.S. passport issue (May 11)
Energy chief mum on forum (May 12)
Lawyer asks power supplier to withdraw LNG proposal (May 13)
Blanco: La. must get cut of revenue (May 11)
Gas Prices Tumble to Near One-Year Low (May 12)
Company looking at tidal energy (May 12)
|State official questions LNG pier sites
Cutler power project application submitted
Tribe's lease agreement can remain secret
Energy co. mulls LNG tanker explosion as a test
Tanker may be blown up to test Harbor worst-case scenario
House bill would block LNG tankers from R.I. waters
BP using N.J. in suit, Del. says
Closing the open loop [Editorial]
|Tribe's LNG meetings remain closed, court rules
New emergency agency director prepares for future Down East (May 8)
Bolivia oil and gas field seizures won't impact Repsol-Irving Oil LNG terminal (May 8)
New England lawmakers fight LNG plan
Fall River bridge targeted in LNG fight (May 8)
LNG plan to be revised
LNG Industry Defends Offshore Project Technology
|Court rejects newspapers' bid for tribal records on LNG project
McMoRan says it will change LNG plans
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Environmental Assessment for terminal expansion
Sakhalin weighs environmental cost of Shell project (May 2)
|Regional LNG site review is a better approach [Editorial]
One sunny April day near the LNG tank, a close call on Mystic
Cold warrior, still: Putin's power to cast wide nyet (May 6)
|Canada expresses concern about Maine LNG projects
Senate bill aims to clear way for Massachusetts LNG terminal
Louisiana Blanco denies Freeport McMoran LNG application (May 5)
Blanco vetoes McMoRan's proposed LNG project
Riley says he supports Blanco veto of proposed LNG project
Blanco vetoes natural gas port
FERC issues environmental assessment for Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal phase II expansion (May 5)
LNG retrial set for June
Alaska natgas pipeline may meet delays (May 4)
LNG topic of meeting (May 5)
|Bangor Daily News pulls LNG Reporters?
Minister sounds alarm
Lawmakers urge regional approach to siting LNG terminals
Kelliher Comments on Gas Composition and LNG Regional Siting Policy (Apr 25)
Fight over gas terminal may go a bridge too far
Bad news for LNG [Opinion]
LNG requirements, conditions should be worked on now, speaker says (May 3)
Lloyd's Register to class world's largest LNG ships (Apr 24)
|Tidal power, LNG floated for Cutler
LNG Makes For Snarky Selectmen's Meeting In Perry (May 2)
LNG issues incite infighting on Perry panel (Apr 27)
Suit claims tribe's land lease poses risk to endangered whales (Apr 28)
Residents sound off to FERC on LNG pros, cons (Apr 28)
FERC hears views on LNG: Residents speak out (Apr 14)
FERC hears views on LNG: Robbinston split (Apr 14)
Wind Blow Back [Op-ed column] (Apr 27)
FERC Establishes LNG Compliance Branch
Irving, Repsol Seek Financing for LNG Project (Apr 28)
Parker Brothers, Kaefer link up for work on LNG projects
Project’s siting up for discussion
Man sets up squatter camp on LNG lot (May 1)
Our View: Gas prices just the beginning [Op-ed column] (May 1)
FERC staff OKs three LNG projects
FERC Issues FEIS for Cove Point Expansion (Apr 28)
Blumenthal Opposes LNG in Long Island Sound
AES to Hold Public Meetings on Sparrows Point LNG Plan (May 1)
Crown Landing FEIS Released (Apr 28)
Feds give go ahead for LNG plant (Apr 29)
USCG to Prepare EIS for Offshore Alabama LNG Project (May 2)
Governor running out of time to decide on LNG project
Blanco may veto LNG; Brinkley rips Nagin; Vehicle sales slump
Natural Gas Prices Impacting Louisiana
FERC Issues FEIS for Port Arthur Terminal (Apr 28)
Opponents want LNG battle fought here (Apr 28)
Public comment period open for proposed LNG water permit
Op-eds: Americans Should Manage LNG Operations (May 1)
Tidelands taps offshore-technology firm to help develop California terminal
LBUSD questions port's LNG plan (Apr 27)
New partner emerges for Clearwater Port (Apr 28)
US gas prices may fall to parity with coal this summer: analyst (Apr 27)
Demand Reduction May Lead to Mexican Gas Exports to U.S.
Prime Minister of Jamaica eyes LNG deal
27 May 2006
Concerning both projects, New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord wrote, "The importance of a thorough review process for the placement and development of LNG facilities in appropriate locations cannot be overemphasized so as to ensure public safety and security as well as environmental protection. These types of operations clearly belong in industrial settings with superior docking facilities, clear shipping lands and safe anchorages, all of which are attributes of an appropriate site without being environmentally harmful. In our view, it would be difficult for facilities in Passamaquoddy Bay to meet these site characteristics." (May 26)
With the expansion, the pipeline would transport natural gas from the proposed Canaport LNG import terminal in Saint John to markets in Atlantic Canada and the northeastern United States. Canaport LNG is a joint venture of Repsol YPF and Irving Oil Limited. Repsol YPF has executed an agreement with Maritimes to transport re-gasified LNG in the United States on its existing pipeline system. (May 26)
Al Walker told an energy conference in Austin, Tex., earlier this week that if Anadarko (NYSE:APC) can't find a liquefied natural gas supplier soon, it will consider selling the project or scrapping it altogether. (May 26)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Some comments reported in the article are incorrect. It doesn't necessarily cost more to build an offshore LNG terminal. If a submerged buoy system is used, it is less expensive to construct than a land-based terminal, according to Excelerate Energy, the company that developed the Energy Bridge technology. The 116 miles-offshore Louisiana Gulf Gateway deep water port was completed in 2005 February and began operation on March 17, at an approximate cost of just $70 million. Also, it offloaded LNG throughout hurricane Katrina, without incident.
The Passamaquoddy Bay and the Fall River projects cannot pass SIGTTO LNG-industry standards, and therefore should be rejected.
In addition to risks of an explosion, Torgan said, there were a number of impacts on the areas around an LNG terminal. Among them are a proposed dredging of the bay, a decrease in property values and a complete security shutdown of many areas along the tanker’s route.
"From our point of view, there are many deterrents to bringing LNG into Fall River that would not exist with offshore siting of LNG. Every time we look at this plan, the more and more ill-conceived it seems, and the more it deepens my resolve." said Lynch. "The determination of the experts from today’s trip will be submitted to the Coast Guard in the form of a report. We hope that the experts arrive at the same conclusion."
25 May 2006
[O]ff-the-cuff remarks at both the opening and close of Wednesday's public meeting suggested that Riley will follow Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco's recent veto of a terminal off her state with a veto of his own for the facility that ConocoPhillips would like to build.
"They're acting naturally as a business," [FERC Commissioner Nora Brownell] said. "Sometimes big companies can act in ways that look rather thug-like. I think they're good negotiators and they're doing what they do as companies." [Bold emphasis added.]
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: FERC officials have stated publicly that they'd permit an LNG receiving terminal to Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson, and Idi Amin and by extension, Osama bin Laden so perhaps Brownell's acceptance of energy-industry thug-like behavior shouldn't be so surprising. It's alarming, nonetheless!
If Northern Star Natural Gas LLC wins the four-way race to build a liquid natural gas regasification facility on the lower Columbia River, its huge ships loaded with LNG would pass through the city limits of Warrenton on their way to Bradwood Landing.
24 May 2006
Sound file (May 23) [Requires searching page for "May 23" and/or "Maine Politicians Eliminate Minutes".]
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This is an interesting issue, since the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) supports the use of open-loop revaporization (using seawater to heat LNG back into vapor, with all its environmental implications), while Cheniere doesn't. Cheniere should be commended for taking a stand on this issue.
23 May 2006
Calling a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal on the city's waterfront a "ticking time bomb," Fall River Mayor Edward M. Lambert Jr. yesterday urged a special legislative commission to join the city's fight against the project.
"I like supply close to the market, where I can touch it," [Nick Stavropoulos , president of KeySpan Energy Delivery] said. Gulf Coast hurricanes last year "proved the value and the importance of having storage close to the market. When I'm thinking about new LNG projects, the closer it is to the consumption area, the less that can go wrong in terms of potential supply disruptions."
With 40 percent of the region's electricity generated by gas, ``I would say that the need is now" for more LNG in or close to Massachusetts, said Mark Babula , a senior planner with Independent System Operator New England, the Holyoke organization that runs the power grid.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Even Massachusetts energy spokespeople are indicating that they don't favor LNG terminals in Passamaquoddy Bay. They want LNG terminals where the demand is in Massachusetts.
22 May 2006
A special legislative commission today will begin the process (yes, begin the process) of deciding where to site LNG facilities in Massachusetts, and under what conditions, to safely increase the supply in the region. Talk about the tail wagging the dog.
Why, exactly, they’re dragging their feet on a bill that makes responsible use of an underutilized resource (the island), far from any populated areas in the event of a security threat (eight miles from Boston and two from Hull), for the benefit of the entire region.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This is a case of newspaper editors taking a position before educating themselves on the topic. The current system of siting LNG terminals does a poor job of protecting the public.
For the Boston Herald's edification, FERC-recognized LNG safety expert Dr. Jerry Havens' testimony before the California Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee indicates that three miles is the minimum safe distance between LNG facilities and people. The initiative of the Massachusetts legislature to determine the safest location should be commended, not criticized.
This project has to be approved by many agencies before the final okay is given. The United States Coast Guard and the California SLC must approve the project before it can move any further along in the approval process. (May 21)
Iowa Co. Hopes to Make Gasoline Obsolete Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX
21 May 2006
Ethanol's problems Bandersnatch Research News, Bozeman, MT
Ethanol isn't a panacea; it has both advantages and disadvantages. Cellulosic ethanol promises greater gains in energy efficiency, but it will take time to develop. For the next five or ten years, the U.S. is stuck with corn-based ethanol. It's not a terribly good solution ... it's just the best we've got. (May 17)
The important point to remember about the peak oil theory is that its fundamental outcome is inarguable: oil is being produced faster than it is being discovered. The critical factor is how the United States, and the rest of the world, respond to that decline. (May 3)
Since offshore submerged-buoy LNG terminals provide the greatest safety to the general public, have the fewest security risks, are cheaper to construct, and use time-tested technology from the North Sea, they should be considered as the first priority for LNG terminal siting.
Land-based LNG terminals should be considered only after offshore possibilities are exhausted. [Since the Maine Sunday Telegram's letters to the editor page contains no method of linking directly to a particular letter, please search that page for "Look offshore for LNG site."]
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Correction to the above letter to the editor: The full letter refers to distances offshore for two LNG projects that have been authorized by the Coast Guard. The distances in the letter were estimates taken from locations shown on FERC's map of current and proposed projects. The actual distances offshore are 38 miles and 40 miles.
20 May 2006
But state Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr., D-Bristol, who attended the signing ceremony, said the agreement gives the Coast Guard the ability to now say it has the resources to provide security for the LNG tankers that would travel up Narragansett Bay to the planned Hess LNG import terminal in Fall River and a similar facility KeySpan hopes to build in Providence.
Authorities, suddenly faced with a potentially powerful explosion on one of the region's busiest commuter routes, responded in unprecedented fashion: closing 22 miles of the turnpike in both directions, from Auburn to Framingham, for about 10 hours.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Maybe FERC and LNG developers who repeatedly try to convince the public that LNG doesn't explode simply haven't heard about the above-mentioned tanker explosions and their accompanying deadly shrapnel. (LNG, itself, doesn't explode, but the moment LNG is exposed to the atmosphere, it warms to a gas, with fire and explosion potential. Stating that LNG doesn't explode is like saying liquid gasoline doesn't explode it's literally correct, but everyone knows gasoline's explosive potential.)
Previous Boston-area LNG tanker truck mishap:
- LNG truck mishap spawns a rush-hour headache, 2003 Sep 11
Separately, Chevron Corp's Casotte Landing LNG project would be located next to the company's Pascagoula refinery and will process imported LNG for distribution to industrial, commercial and residential customers in Mississippi and the Southeast region, including the growing Florida market.
19 May 2006
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Engineer Normand Laberge's LNG proposal demonstrates that both Dean Girdis of Downeast LNG and Brian Smith of Quoddy Bay LLC were lying when they stated that the water at Cutler is too shallow for an LNG terminal.
An attempt to revive legislation authorizing the state to lease Outer Brewster Island for a liquefied natural gas terminal was tabled yesterday in the state Senate. [Search the page for "Island LNG measure is tabled in Senate".]
[FERC's Director of the Office of Energy Projects Mark Robinson] cited as a recent example the attempt by Massachusetts politicians to scuttle the Weaver’s Cove LNG project by inserting a provision in a federal transportation bill that would impede the passage of LNG vessels en route to the facility proposed for Fall River, Mass. (May 17)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The Fall River LNG proposal violates world-class SIGTTO LNG-industry safety standards. Robinson's remarks prove that FERC is less interested in embracing safety than in flexing its muscles. When will Congress wake up and require FERC to observe SIGTTO standards?
The agencies took into account the Northeast Gateway terminal and Suez’s Neptune LNG project, which are both proposed for offshore Massachusetts, in assessing the cumulative environmental impact on commercial fishing, concluding that the facilities would "result in minor adverse socioeconomic impacts." (May 17)
According to the EDC, the second draft of the report failed to effectively prove that this gas reserve was even necessary and underestimated or completely ignored an “adequate range” of energy alternatives, such as more environmentally-sound options like energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy as a solution to a potential energy shortage in the state. Further, according to the EDC, the revised report overlooked safer technologies related to liquid natural gas than those outlined in the project. (May 18)
17 May 2006
A financial dispute between the Passamaquoddy Tribe and an Oklahoma-based developer of a proposed liquefied natural gas facility on tribal land may lead to arbitration, officials on both sides said Tuesday.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Quoddy Bay LLC's house of cards appears to be collapsing!
About three weekends ago, [Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson] said, the Prime Minister called him on a Saturday because he had heard rumours from officials in the Department of External Affairs on the government of Canada's position.
"He said, 'I just want to let you know, Greg, I wasn't happy with that and our position is the same that we're saying no to LNG tankers and will use every legal and diplomatic means to defend that position'."
"That we consider it a sovereignty issue as we do our northern waters Arctic waters. We have stated that position. We have laid it out pretty clearly and two or three weeks ago, when Peter MacKay was in Washington, with Condoleezza Rice, he carried that message forward to her as well.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: It is now abundantly clear that the Candian government is steadfast in its intent to prevent LNG tankers from transiting into Passamaquoddy Bay. The Canadian Coast Guard's cooperation with the US Coast Guard in assessing the waterway merely exemplifies the traditional cooperation between the two nations' coast guards, and is actually unrelated to the LNG issue.
Liquefied natural gas shipped down a pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez would be worth less than the gas from Gov. Frank Murkowski's favored Alaska Highway pipeline route, state officials said Tuesday.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: "Liquified natural gas" in the above AP article is undoubtedly a misnomer, since there are no lenghty cryogenic LNG pipelines outside of LNG facilities. The article's author must have meant "natural gas," possibly regasified from LNG.
Gas shipped down an all-Alaska pipeline would be worth less than the gas of a pipeline proposed by the state's three largest producers. That's the conclusion of state petroleum economist Roger Marks and consultant Pedro van Meurs. (May 16)
The Wall Street Journal says that despite a drop in LNG spot cargoes reaching the United States in recent months due to a mild winter and excess stored supply that may adequately fulfill peak consumer demand this summer, LNG developers intend to participate in all aspects of the supply chain to accommodate long-term energy needs.
16 May 2006
A new proposal has been added to the list of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects put forward for Washington County, this one a combined tidal power plant and LNG terminal at the Navy antenna station in Cutler. Normand Laberge, a professional engineer of Trescott, says he mailed an application on April 29 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a preliminary permit to conduct a feasibility study of the site in Little Machias Bay. The 10-page form was submitted on behalf of Tidewalker Associates, of which Laberge is a principal along with two other individuals whom he declines to name. (May 12)
Canadian energy firm Emera Inc. said on Tuesday it will invest around C$350 million to build a pipeline linking the planned Canaport liquified natural gas import terminal near Saint John, New Brunswick to markets in Canada and the U.S. Northeast.
The proposed Maritimes Phase IV project will add facilities to transport much needed natural gas supply from the proposed Canaport(TM) LNG import terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, to growing markets in Atlantic Canada and the Northeastern United States. Canaport(TM) LNG is a joint venture of Repsol YPF and Irving Oil Limited. Repsol YPF has executed an agreement with Maritimes to transport re-gasified LNG in the United States on its existing pipeline system.
The report deals specifically with the difficulties of siting LNG facilities, detailing community opposition in Massachusetts and Maine and concluding that until there is a "coordinated way for federal, state and local officials to consider all the infrastructure proposals within the region and decide collectively which are most appropriate given regional needs and community concerns ... the region will continue to find it difficult to build sufficient capacity." (May 15)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The study overlooks the fact that LNG infrastructure required to fulfill New England's energy needs are already being met by existing and permitted LNG facilities.
FERC must explain why it decided not to award Virginia Natural Gas Inc. a financial remedy for the alleged harm caused by a malfunction in February 2003 of an LNG plant in Chesapeake, Va., owned by Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said in a May 12 ruling. (May 15)
15 May 2006
Opponents of a plan to bring an LNG terminal to Fall River won what one said is a "huge" victory Wednesday afternoon, when the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 55 to 0 in favor of a bill that would effectively forbid massive LNG tankers from most sections of Narragansett Bay.
The bill, proposed by Rep. Raymond Gallison Jr., must still pass the Senate and be approved by the governor. But Rep. Gallison said the house's overwhelming vote sends a message and bodes well for its ultimate passage.
Under United States Coast Guard regulations, states have the right to protect certain resources people, piers, wharves, docks, bulkheads, waterfront facilities, flammable materials and the like inside federally established "exclusion zones." [Bold emphasis added.]
14 May 2006
Lord says he's not opposed to other LNG projects further down the Maine coast, just the one on Passamaquoddy Bay, which would require huge tankers to pass through Canadian waters and near tourism-dependent communities like St. Andrews, N.B.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Does anyone else notice that every time Gov. Baldacci learns that he will be attending a meeting where he'll be facing opposition to LNG in Passamaquoddy Bay, he fails to show up?
An international trade and investment lawyer who has agreed to represent eastern Baltimore County residents opposed to a proposed liquefied natural gas facility on Sparrows Point yesterday asked the company that wants to build the $400 million facility to withdraw its plan. (May 13)
Gov. Kathleen Blanco has put the energy industry on notice that any liquefied natural gas terminals permitted offshore in the Gulf of Mexico could have to give Louisiana a share of the revenue they generate.
Analysts said the price of natural gas could fall even further in the months ahead, given relatively weak demand and expectations of rising supplies, though they cautioned that production in the Gulf of Mexico remains hindered by damage from last year's powerful hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
"Unless we have a repeat of last summer's hurricane season, we're going to have so much (natural) gas in storage by September that we won't have anywhere to put it," said Daniel Lippe of Petral Worldwide Consulting in Houston. [Bold emphasis added] (May 12)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: A Houston natural gas industry consultant announces a weak demand for natural gas, rising natural gas supplies, and nowhere to store it. That's good indication that the Downeast LNG and Quoddy Bay LLC proposals are redundant and unnecessary. It's also good indication that FERC must initiate regional LNG siting procedures, rather than fostering the current and divisive LNG terminal free-for-all.
Company looking at tidal energy Saint Croix Courier, St. Stephen, NB
11 May 2006
Dan Prichard, supervisor of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands' submerged lands program, raised his concerns about proposals from Quoddy Bay LNG and Downeast LNG in letters filed last week with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The letters are available for public viewing on the Internet, at www.ferc.gov, in the Web site's eLibrary system.
"Given the length of Maine's coastline and the shallow depth and narrow waterway at the proposed terminal site relative to the navigation and berthing requirements for LNG vessels, it is difficult to imagine that the proposed site is the most suitable," Prichard wrote in each letter.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This is a solid indication that numerous other locations along the Maine coast are eminently better suited to LNG importation than Passamaquoddy Bay. The Passamaquoddy Bay developers have "fudged" their decision-making process to make it seem like their proposed sites are best, but their "fudge" has a really bad taste, and will be thrown out.
The project, if eventually approved, likely would include a tidal power facility in Little Machias Bay and an LNG terminal on the eastern shore of Machias Bay, according to Laberge. Because tidal-power generation levels can be inconsistent, natural gas imported at the LNG terminal would be used to supplement power generation at the site, he has said.
Despite the ruling, many of the records related to the agreement have since been released to the public, said Craig Francis, who represented the tribe. He said although the tribe does not believe it is subject to the FOAA to which the court agreed in this case it did not initially release the records because the tribe was still in negotiations with the Oklahoma developer.
The fiery experiment was recently proposed to U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, a Somerville Democrat who is keenly interested since many of his constituents live in Boston-area neighborhoods that could be affected in a Hub LNG attack or accident.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Note that such an event would not be an "experiment," but would merely be a "demonstration," since experiments require performing multiple tests under scientifically manipulated variables. To be an actual experiment, they'd need to perform this same excercise on multiple vessels, each under different, controlled conditions. Without true scientific experimentation, the event could provide nearly any kind of results.
If the unnamed company isn't attempting to merely create a public relations LNG-safety smoke screen, but truly wants to learn the range of potential results, then it should utilize a universally-recognized neutral scientific organization to conduct the study on multiple ships and under true experimental conditions.
If the company doesn't want to spend the money required to perform an actual experiment, then it could help to avoid criticism by utilizing the universally-recognized neutral scientific organization to create a worst-case scenario demonstration (complete loss of LNG cargo via explosive attack). It would also need to be prepared to measure the results; however, since such an event hasn't taken place, it might not anticipate all the data contingencies. Once that demonstration is completed, scientists would then know more about what to prepare for in an actual LNG-ship scientific experiment.
The House unanimously approved legislation that would, in effect, block LNG tankers from sailing through Rhode Island waters to get to the terminal. Sponsored by Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr., D-Bristol, the bill would prevent any tanker from coming within 1,000 yards of any residences, piers, docks, wharves or waterfront facilities.
A tanker sailing to Fall River would have to pass within 600 yards of Fort Wetherill in Jamestown, 700 yards of Fort Adams, 400 yards of Sandy Point lighthouse on Prudence Island, 700 yards of the Prudence Island ferry dock and 500 yards of Arnold's Point in Portsmouth.
But now that the fight over the LNG terminal project has been assigned to a Maine attorney serving as a Supreme Court-appointed fact-finder, BP continues to control New Jersey's legal tactics, Delaware attorneys argued.
Delaware attorneys in their papers cited new evidence that "gives rise to the possibility that BP, with New Jersey's knowledge, refrained from filing its own litigation precisely so that New Jersey could represent to the court that there was no pending [private] action" involving the interstate agreement.
If Gov. Kathleen Blanco had any doubts about whether it was a good idea to veto a proposed liquefied natural gas port off Louisiana's coast, the reaction of the applicant, McMoRan Exploration Co., should have laid them to rest.
Days after she vetoed Main Pass Energy Hub, the company suddenly decided that it is willing to use a more expensive method of rewarming the liquefied natural gas, one that doesn't pose a threat to fish eggs and larvae.
9 May 2006
"Closed doors and withheld records always raise suspicions," [said Bernard Kubetz, the Bangor attorney who argued on behalf of the Bangor Daily News], "and if the process was clean, then there should have been no withholding of records or locking of doors in the first place."
"We have public access, but it's limited to tribal members," he said Monday. "I think that for purposes of making comparisons of tribal governments to municipalities, it's difficult. It's not easy just to make an across-the-board comparison between a municipality and a sovereign Indian tribe."
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: And yet, the Tribal Constitution guarantees freedom of the press, which would allow, without special permission from Tribal Government, any tribal member in attendance at those tribal LNG meetings to publish or report the proceedings to the at-large press. That's hardly a "closed doors" situation, despite the court's decision regarding the Maine's Freedom of Access Act as it relates to Maine tribes.
Most notably, Quoddy Bay has to decide what it must do to get people out of Eastport in the event of a mishap, especially considering the close proximity of an elementary school, church and housing at Pleasant Point where they hope to build a site.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: For the record, this webmaster is also a member of the mentioned Coast Guard "safety review," officially known as the "Waterway Suitability Study." The complete purpose of this study is to determine the safety, security, and environmental implications of using the waterway for the purpose of LNG transport and terminal(s), and to make a recommendation to FERC either for or against the use of the waterway for that purpose.
The article mentions civilian assets in Pleasant Point, and mentions Eastport; however, schools, medical facilities, fire and police facilities, elderly housing facilities, elderly care facilities, commercial, fishing, and residential "assets" would be in harm's way from thermal radiation in the following communities: Campobello Island, Eastport, Sipayik, Deer Island, Perry, and Robbinston.
"The Bolivia gas is exported to Argentina and Brazil and it's not even part of our LNG project," said Mr. Duncan. "As we've said in the past, possible sources of where we could bring in LNG could be anywhere from Algeria to Peru, to Iran, to Trinidad and Tobago. (May 8)
The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) steadfastly supports the use of open-loop vaporization (OLV) systems proposed in LNG terminals in the Gulf of Mexico, calling it a proven and environmentally sound technology predominately used in more than 40 LNG import terminals throughout the world. (May 8)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: What the LNG industry really means is that using open-loop regasification is more profitable, despite the environmental consequences.
8 May 2006
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The "closed doors" statement is puzzling, since the meetings to which the newspapers are wanting access haven't been in camera sessions, but have been open to the tribal public without restriction. The tribal constitution even seems to contradict the court's decision, allowing any Sipayik member to report Tribal Council proceedings to the public at large, which would include the non-tribal press.
Article IV - Individual Rights
Section 1 - Civil Rights
The government of the Pleasant Point Reservation shall not:
- make or enforce any law prohibiting the face exercise of religion, or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition for a redress of grievances;
Section 4 - Access to Governmental Records and Proceedings
Records of official governmental actions shall be open to inspection by Sipayik tribal members except particular records that:
- are expressly made confidential by a tribal ordinance duly enacted to give reasonable protection to personal privacy or business or trade secrets of the tribe or reservation, or
- are expressly made confidential by applicable federal or state law, or
- would be confidential if such records were records of the federal government.
Meetings of official bodies of the Pleasant Point tribal government shall be open to Sipayik tribal members, provided however that discussions may be held in closed session as authorized by this Constitution, by a tribal ordinance duly enacted or by applicable federal or state law, as long as any decision is made in open session. Any Sipayik tribal member shall be entitled to attend any meeting of the Pleasant Point Governor and Council, and or any other official committee or body of the Pleasant Point tribal government, except as otherwise provided herein. Any minutes of such meetings shall be prepared promptly and shall be open to inspection by any Sipayik tribal member.
McMoRan says it will now use a closed loop system, which uses gas to reheat the liquefied gas. The original plans for the Main Pass Energy Hub called for an open loop design, which uses seawater to reheat the gas. Blanco vetoed McMoRan's plans Friday night, over concerns that the open loop system would kill fish eggs and larvae, damaging the environment and the commercial fishing industry.
7 May 2006
We wouldn't build a new highway system without a comprehensive review of regional transportation needs, nor a new electrical grid without an assessment of projected future demand. Why should LNG infrastructure, including pipelines, be any different?
New England lawmakers and conservation groups have asked federal officials to take the broader view before, but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied formal requests to do so. The current approach simply pits one community against another, with the risk that the selection will be based on politics rather than merit.
1. They state that there are four LNG terminals in the United States. There are actually five in the contiguous 48 states:
- SUEZ/Tractebel-DOMAC at Everett, MA;
- Dominion Cove Point LNG at Cove Point, MD;
- El Paso-Southern LNG at Elba Island, GA;
- Southern Union-Trunkline LNG at Lake Charles, LA; and
- Excelerate Energy's Gulf Gateway Energy Bridge in the Gulf of Mexico, 116 miles offshore from Louisiana.
There's also an LNG receiving terminal in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, as well as an LNG liquifaction/export terminal in Alaska.
Two additional offshore terminals have been approved by the US Coast Guard:
- Chevron Texaco's Port Pelican terminal 40 miles offshore from Texas in the Gulf of Mexico; and
- Shell's Gulf Landing terminal 38 miles offshore from Louisiana.
Eleven additional terminals have been approved by FERC:
- Southern Union -Trunkline LNG at Lake Charles;
- Sempra Energy's Cameron LNG at Hackberry, LA;
- AES Ocean Express in the Bahamas;
- Calypso Tractebel LNG terminal in the Bahamas;
- Cheniere/Freeport LNG Dev. at Freeport, TX;
- Cheniere LNG at Sabine, LA;
- Cheniere LNG's terminal at Corpus Christi, TX;
- ExxonMobil's Vista Del Sol at Corpus Christi, TX;
- Hess LNG's Weaver's Cove Energy terminal at Fall River, MA;
- ExxonMobil's Golden Pass terminal at Sabine, TX; and
- Occidental Energy Ventures' Ingleside Energy terminal at Corpus Christi, TX.
Canada has approved two LNG import terminals in the Maritime Provinces:
- Irving Oil's Canaport terminal at St. John, NB;
- Anadarko's Bear Head LNG terminal at Point Tupper, NS.
Mexico has also approved three LNG terminals:
- Shell/Total/Mitsui terminal at Altamira, Tamulipas;
- Sempra's Energy Costa Azul terminal in Baja California; and
- Chevron Texaco's terminal offshore from Baja California.
2. The Maine Sunday Telegram seems to think that only on-shore potential LNG terminal sites need to be considered and studied on a regional basis.
Since offshore submerged-buoy LNG terminals provide the most safety to the general public, have the fewest security risks, have been time tested for over a decade in the North Sea, and are cheaper to construct, they should be considered as the first priority for LNG terminal siting in New England.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: What happened is called "harbor pilot error." It demonstrates that harbor pilots are not gods, and that even with pilot training, a serious accident can occur. That's why SIGTTO LNG terminal siting and operation standards must be adopted and followed by FERC even though they are refusing to do it! Following SIGTTO standards would preclude siting any LNG terminals in Passamaquoddy Bay, and would improve LNG and US energy security.
Political events cascading out of Ukraine in December of 2005 may ultimately have a greater impact on U.S. energy supply and security than did the devastation of Kat-Rita. Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to reassert control in his near-abroad, Ukraine, may do more to change long-term energy pricing structures in the U.S.United States than events in either the Persian Gulf or the Gulf of Mexico.
6 May 2006
A Republican senator from Wyoming on Friday introduced legislation into the US Senate designed to help reduce fuel prices in the US, and would also clear away a substantial obstacle for a liquefied natural gas import proposal in Massachusetts.
As she has consistently stated over the past two years, Louisiana stands ready to encourage the development of this growing industry. However, we must have sound scientific evidence to show that these emerging technologies will not seriously harm our already fragile Gulf ecosystem or the fisheries that are so crucial to our fishing industry. (May 5)
"Our concern is not with the company but rather the open loop technology it plans to use. In Alabama, we continue to support the development of LNG, but not at the expense of our marine resources and our coastal environment," Riley said.
As stewards of the public trust, this office and our state agencies and executive departments, have both a constitutional and a statutory duty to preserve and protect Louisiana's coastal and offshore marine environment, ecosystem, and fisheries for the benefit of our current and future citizens. The approval of the pending license application, without sufficient persuasive data in support, would be inconsistent with this public trust doctrine," Blanco wrote in her letter of opposition to the federal Maritime Administration.
Blanco approved Shell's Gulf Landing LNG terminal, which relies on the open loop system, off Louisiana's coast and had previously declared that the state was "open for business" to the LNG industry. But she was quickly criticized by fisheries experts and environmentalists for her action.
Blanco's move could be repeated by governors of Mississippi and Alabama, who also are allowed to comment on the LNG port because it is near their coasts. Both have said they also oppose the LNG terminals using open loop systems.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Even this LNG-friendly governor in an LNG-friendly state can oppose inappropriate LNG technology. It's also interesting to note that the governors of neighboring states oppose the hazards that the McMorRan LNG project would present to their own states akin to the situation in Passamaquoddy Bay, where Canadian communities object to hazards that would be presented to New Brunswick, Canada from Maine LNG projects. The Louisiana-Mississippi-Alabama Governors' rejection of the McMorRan LNG project solidly demonstrates that it isn't "un-American" to oppose energy projects that would damage our and our neighbor's resources and fishing industries.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Kelliher continues to keep his head in the sand, ignoring SIGTTO world-class LNG-industry terminal siting and safety standards, thereby putting American citizens, the LNG industry, and America's energy security at risk.
Kelliher is, in effect, also stating that FERC intends to continue its official policy that would allow Osama bin Laden or Adolf Hitler to operate an LNG terminal in the United States. If that doesn't deserve a "revolution in gas policy," what would?
Rory Cox, lead coordinator of the Ratepayers for Affordable Clean Energy coalition, will speak about alternatives to the California-driven LNG and pipeline proposal and why Oregonians should oppose LNG terminals and the Pacific connector. His talk will include information on natural gas supply, demand and pricing, international impacts of LNG and global warming, according to a press release. (May 5)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Perhaps it was Brian Smith's announcement to the Sunrise County Economic Council that Quoddy Bay LLC would be a "major source of noxious emissions," and the Bangor Daily News [BDN] reporting it to the world that has upset the LNG developers into intimidating the BDN. (apparently, Smith meant "NOx" emissions. Even so, by definition, NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions are "noxious," and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are an unmitigated source of several types of pollution, like ozone inversions, smog, and acid rain.
We understand that LNG is now being treated exclusively as a "business" issue by the BDN, and not a "local" issue; therefore, coverage will no longer appear in that newspaper's Downeast section. Reporting will now be based totally out of Bangor, where it will be closer and easier for LNG developers' PR guns to feed their tripe to BDN business reporters.
Let's be clear: we have no problem with BDN's business reporters reporting balanced business news; however, the LNG developers have been lying frequently to the public now for some time. How will business reporters in Bangor sort out actual facts downeast from LNG-developer crapola? No longer will "in the trenches" reporters who live and work in the communities affected by the LNG projects be sniffing out LNG news where it's happening. No longer will a reporter be just a short drive from the immediate news. It seems that if one is looking for "real," local-issues journalism on LNG in downeast Maine, one must look elsewhere.
"It is a newspaper's duty to print the news and raise hell," said William Storey in 1861, of the Chicago Times' purpose.The BDN is cowering under pressure from LNG developers, and isn't living up to journalism's historic, democratic, and professional duty. With a meek and fettered press, heaven help us all!
Kelliher also offered comments challenging arguments that there should be a regional siting policy for LNG terminals. He likened a regional approach to LNG siting to the unsuccessful regional siting approach that was attempted for low-level waste disposal projects in the early 1980s. Referencing the proposed Weaver's Cove and KeySpan LNG terminals, Kelliher noted that even with a regional approach, "Providence and Fall River wouldn't have come out any differently." (Apr 25)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Kelliher's offhand dismissal of establishing national gas quality and interchangability standards is beyond comprehension. It's common knowledge that LNG quality varies from source to source, and that import terminals must adjust the gas to conform to pipeline company requirements. Having a plethora of pipeline company standards, with no national standard, invites problems.
Kelliher diverts attention from the need for regional LNG terminal siting by his comparing LNG siting to nuclear waste disposal. Kelliher's Washington political lawyering experience provides no demonstration of LNG vs nuclear scientific and safety knowledge or experience. LNG and nuclear waste are different hazardous materials, with completely different physical properties, different handling requirements, and different safety concerns.
Further, Kelliher's comment about the Providence and Fall River projects demonstrates his ignorance of, or covert dismissal of SIGTTO worldwide LNG-industry safe practices standards standards that FERC refuses to observe.
Mershon said that Massachusetts members realize the state and region could use more natural gas but that the delegation thinks the terminals should be built offshore, away from population centers. The terminal could undermine economic development plans along the riverfront, Mershon said.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Once again, if FERC had observed world-wide LNG-industry safety standards developed by SIGTTO, the above LNG project would never have been approved.
The consultant says it's unlikely any of the proposed U.S. or Canadian West Coast LNG receiving terminals will be built, contrary to reports from advocates of the Alaska project. The consultants, in their study released last month, rated the likelihood of construction of any of the terminals in the next decade at poor to negligible, based on environmental, community, permitting, financing and market issues.
If the city of Warrenton wants to set requirements or conditions for any future liquefied natural gas facility, they should start doing so now, Boston attorney Dianne Phillips, who worked for an LNG facility in Everett, Mass., told a joint work session of the Warrenton City Commission and Planning Commission Tuesday evening. (May 3)
They will be twin-skeg, driven by two diesel engines and fitted with re-liquefaction plant. They will transport gas from Qatar to the US. Three of the ships will be built at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), with a cargo capacity of 266,000 cubic metres, and the other three at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) with a cargo capacity of 263,000 cubic metres. [Bold emphasis added.] (Apr 24)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Even larger, more-polluting diesel-powered LNG ships.
"The prime objective is to build a tidal power project," Laberge, an environmental compliance officer at the Navy facility, said Monday evening. The tidal power project would be in Little Machias Bay, just east of the Navy's antenna array, and the LNG terminal would be on the western side of the military-owned peninsula, facing larger Machias Bay, he said.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Some events defy comment.
"If the town meeting authorizes the expenditure, a court would likely find that that vote cures any deficiencies in the application itself," the staff attorney said. "Perhaps this would be a best of both worlds scenario as the grant would ultimately be received, but the dissenting selectmen would not have to sign onto statements in the application with which they disagree." (Apr 27)
The lawsuit alleges that the BIA did not consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service, the agency with the primary responsibility to protect whales, when it authorized the LNG ground lease. Passamaquoddy Bay and surrounding waters are home to endangered and threatened whales species, and the Endangered Species Act requires federal agencies to consider impacts on protected species associated with any decision, by consulting with the federal agency with responsibility for species protection. (Apr 28)
The Bayside Port Corporation expressed concern about the effect that the Quoddy Bay LNG project, with 180 ships per year, would have on shipping entering and leaving Passamaquoddy Bay. The increased traffic in a confined area would create safety concerns. The port corporation felt that the Downeast LNG project would have less impact on shipping. St. Croix Stevedores and Affiliates opposes an LNG terminal in the bay, since other ship traffic would be stopped while LNG ships are entering and leaving the bay. (Apr 28)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The proposed LNG projects would likewise interfere with vessel activity related to the Port of Eastport.
Art MacKay of the St. Croix Estuary Project and an opponent of LNG, drew the largest applause during the forum. He said, "I am not a paid environmentalist. I am for development, the development of our area here, which has enormous resources in marine species and a great diversity of sea creatures." MacKay also told FERC, "From a Canadian perspective, these species are at risk from the tanker route through Head Harbour, and some serious research needs to be carried out in this area." MacKay also was concerned about ferry service interruption and lost tourism dollars. (Apr 14)
Roger Fleming, senior attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), presented comments on aspects of the proposal. Fleming said CLF recognizes the importance of expanding the natural gas supply in New England, in view of the benefits of natural gas over other fossil fuels in reducing harmful air emissions. "This project presents several significant public safety and marine and coastal environmental issues, and CLF asks FERC to undertake a thorough analysis of these issues as part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) it is initiating." (Apr 14)
The last-minute maneuver, which would give the governor of Massachusetts veto power over the project, is also in opposition to Congress' stand that the federal government, not the states, will have the final say on siting another source of energy, liquefied natural gas facilities. The amendment must be stripped from the Coast Guard authorization bill. (Apr 27)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Maine's U.S. Rep. Allen confirms that he favors FERC rather than state government having siting authority over LNG facilities in Maine. That's the same FERC that is ignoring well-established SIGTTO LNG-industry safe practices standards for LNG terminal siting and operation; the same FERC that doesn't care if LNG developers lie to the public; and, the same FERC that has on multiple occasions confirmed to the public that they'd allow Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson, or by extension Osama bin Laden to build an LNG terminal in the U.S.
FERC Chairman Joseph T. Kelliher yesterday announced the creation of the Liquefied Natural Gas Compliance Branch, a new division within the Commission established to oversee safety inspections and general oversight of currently operational U.S. LNG import and peak-shaving facilities. According to the news release, the staff of the Compliance Branch and the existing Engineering Branch will collaborate with other federal, state and local regulators to ensure that safety issues at LNG facilities are identified and addressed. "This restructuring will better position the Commission as its inspection and compliance workload grows with the increase in LNG import capacity," Kelliher said.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: FERC is spending the money and energy on a completely new branch in order to improve safety, but won't observe the proven SIGTTO LNG-industry safety standards. In fact, since FERC has ignored the 2003 offer of assistance from SIGTTO, and since the US Coast Guard and NOAA weren't aware of SIGTTO standards until the last month or so, it would appear that FERC may actually be attempting to hide the existence of SIGTTO standards.
Is FERC so power hungry that they unnecessarily risk human safety, energy asset safety, and U.S. energy security? We'd like to know why FERC continues to ignore the existence of world-class LNG-industry SIGTTO standards, and why FERC won't observe them.
"This wouldn’t have happened if this was seen as an opportunity to complain about Hess," Frank said. "The idea is to have bipartisan members of Congress at the meeting to discuss this, and from what I’m told the Maine members of the delegation are for the proposal up there." [Bold red emphasis added. NOTE: The Herald News does not archive stories beyond a few days.]
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Exactly what Frank meant is unclear. Did he mean that the Maine delegation are for the Fall River proposal, or did he mean that the delegation are for the multiple proposals in Maine?
The site falls within the exclusion zone for the proposed LNG facility, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has said the company must "provide evidence of its ability to exercise legal control over activities" on the lot. (May 1)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Since there's a lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of the Interior disputing the Split Rock site ground lease to Quoddy Bay LLC, FERC should similarly require that Quoddy Bay LLC prove that they have undisputed control over that land.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Unfortunately, the writer of this op-ed column doesn't understand the financial and hazard realities of nuclear waste those problems haven't been solved, making nuclear energy more costly in the long run than conventionally-generated electricity. The writer certainly is correct, though, in the analysis that we must develop alternatives to hydrocarbons.
BP intends to build a terminal at Crown Landing in New Jersey, along the Delaware River. Dominion`s Cove Point LNG proposes expanding its existing LNG import terminal at Cove Point, Md. And Sempra Energy proposes to build a LNG terminal in Jefferson County, Texas, near the Texas-Louisiana border in two stages.
Today FERC issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Dominion’s proposed expansion of the Cove Point LNG terminal on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and the associated pipeline expansions. (Apr 28)
Although there are many reasons he is against the LNG terminal proposed by Broadwater (formed by TransCanada Corp. and Shell) his major objections include the huge size (about 12 stories high and the size of four football fields), the serious security risks for such a facility and its scheduled placement on the New York side of Long Island Sound instead of Connecticut.
LNG PLANT // A meeting to discuss a proposal to build a liquefied natural gas plant at Sparrows Point will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. There also will be a meeting on the plan from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at Northeast High School, 1121 Duvall Highway, Pasadena. The meetings are organized by AES Corp., the Virginia company that wants to build the plant. (May 1) [Note: Since the page linked to on the Baltimore Sun's website doesn't contain "anchors," you'll need to search the page for "LNG Plant".]
[T]he final EIS addresses the coastal jurisdictional dispute, now before the United States Supreme Court, between New Jersey and Delaware. FERC Staff recommends that Crown Landing and Texas Eastern document federal consistency concurrence under the coastal programs of both New Jersey and Delaware before beginning construction, though Staff also notes that the Supreme Court's decision could impact this recommendation. (Apr 28)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in its final environmental impact statement, predicted that with certain qualifications the project would carry "limited adverse impacts." The plan still requires full approval from the commission. (Apr 29)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: FERC again ignores well-established SIGTTO LNG-industry safety standards, to the peril of citizens, LNG facilities, and U.S. energy security.
Further, the proposed LNG terminal project owner is BP, the scourge of corporate safety culture that is being investigated for criminal anti-safety activity related to their deadly Texas City, TX, explosion in 2005, and their recent leaky pipeline in Alaska. FERC has publicly stated more than once that they don't care if LNG project companies are genocidal criminals or not.
Congress "enables" FERC's negligence by giving FERC authority over LNG terminal siting. How did your Congressional delegates vote on the 2005 Energy Policy Act?
Gov. Kathleen Blanco may veto a liquefied natural gas terminal being proposed near the mouth of the Mississippi River, because of concerns the project could kill fish eggs and hurt the fishing industry, The Times-Picayune reports. Several more LNG terminals are being proposed for the state, so Blanco's action will have ripple effects.
FERC today issued the final Environmental Impact Statement for Sempra's proposed Port Arthur LNG terminal, concluding that the project would have limited adverse environmental impact if certain mitigating measures are implemented. (Apr 28)
The state land-use court, which occasionally holds hearings outside of the capital, had proposed holding the hearing in Warrenton, VandenHeuvel said. But he said he received a letter from LUBA saying that executives of Skipanon Natural Gas, the potential developer of the LNG facility who are defending the rezoning decision at the hearing, didn’t want to have the meeting in Warrenton. (Apr 28)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Like the foreign-operated ports scandal, FERC has publicly stated that they'll allow anybody even the likes of Adolf Hitler or Osama bin Laden to operate LNG terminals in the U.S.
The unit, called a TORP HiLoad LNG Regas, is a floating L-shaped mechanism that docks directly onto a vessel carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG). After attaching to an LNG tanker at sea, the HiLoad unit converts the liquefied natural gas into vapor and injects it into underwater pipelines that supply the gas to markets on shore. TORP's approach eliminates the need for large marine storage structures or above-ground storage tanks at the ports.
"We cannot complete a meaningful review without additional information as requested in this letter," wrote Carri M. Matsumoto, executive director of the facilities development and planning branch of the LBUSD [Long Beach Unified School District].
"Moreover, we believe that the (draft report) has not disclosed impacts that we believe to be significant, including potential impacts to 47 LBUSD schools and more than 42,000 students within a six-mile radius for the proposed LNG terminal," she added. (Apr 27)
A new player or an old player in a new uniform has come on the scene to revive the dormant plans for the Clearwater Port LNG facility. In recent weeks, officials from Northern Star Natural Gas, the Houston-based holding company that controls the project, have been circulating calling cards and meeting with business leaders from throughout Ventura County to tout its revival. The company even purchased advertising space during a major presentation on the state of the regional economy, which was highlighted by an appearance from U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. (Apr 28)
A combination of factors such as increased domestic natural gas production, anticipated LNG imports, and a significant decline in consumer demand could produce an excess supply of natural gas in Mexico. Such over-supply could lead to a situation where Mexico becomes an exporter of gas to the United States in the next two years.
The disclosure of the pending new deal comes on the heels of a natural gas agreement which was sealed late last month between Jamaica and Caribbean Community partners, Trinidad and Tobago, where the latter pledged to provide Jamaica with a long-term supply of natural gas.