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31 January 2007
A vital Canadian resource can be protected with an Emergency MPA. Existing social assets such as traditional fishing, tourism, aquaculture, etc. are maintained by this process. New industrial developments , however, would be forestalled until it is shown that they will not negatively impact the existing natural and social environments. (Jan 27)
HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. approval of an offshore LNG import terminal near Boston kicks off a new phase in liquefied natural gas development, opening new opportunity in one of the biggest markets in the United States, an LNG executive said Wednesday.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Offshore means away from people, can be closer to the market, and can expand more easily.
The approval was expected. Northeast Gateway, a similar project 7 miles off Gloucester, is expected to receive a decision in the next few weeks. At both sites, tankers would dock around the clock at underwater buoys to turn supercooled liquid back into a gas and pump it through pipes to New England homes and businesses. Neptune expects to be operational by 2009. (Jan 30)
Former Gov. Mitt Romney approved the ports, proposed by Excelerate Energy and Suez Energy North America, on Dec. 19. Federal law gives the governor of the adjacent state veto power over deepwater liquefied natural gas ports. Both proponents and opponents of the project said last month Romney's approval removed the last substantial hurdle the projects face.
Opponents of the project say the Coast Guard and FERC studies ignored public concerns. They have it backward: The federal agencies addressed legitimate worries; it's the opponents who are doing the ignoring, by rejecting the agencies' assurances.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: "Federal agencies addressed legitimate worries"? The agencies don't take into account, for instance, the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) best practices standards the LNG industry's own standards.
For those who are unsure, there is scant guidance on how to best evaluate Broadwater - a vacuum Spitzer has an obligation to fill. Perhaps Broadwater is the best way to meet the demand for clean-burning natural gas. But a case sufficiently convincing to blunt the formidable opposition to the project, which threatens to entangle it for years in litigation, has yet to be made.
And while LNG supplies are plentiful, they are also in demand, much like oil. Broadwater's operators would be competing with other nations for it. So the assumptions that it would be cheaper may not turn out to be correct. Less LNG was used in the United States in 2006 than in 2005, because Europe and Korea were willing to pay more for it. Construction was halted at one LNG terminal in Canada because its investors could not secure long-term contracts for the gas. [Bold emphasis added.] (Jan 21)
... officials of the very city that would host the facility boycotted yesterday’s meeting, after Mayor Edward M. Lambert Jr., the police chief and fire chief consulted on the matter. One city volunteer emergency-management official showed up, but later left, Lambert said, after learning that Fall River was not taking part. Lambert said invitations from the company to individual departments’ officials, such as the police chief, had not included notification to the mayor’s office.
“We have long agreed that there was no way to put together a viable security plan for that facility, and we communicated that many times to Weaver’s Cove,” said Lambert, who has staunchly opposed the project and made clear that city officials did not want to be, or appear, “co-opted” by the company. (Jan 19)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This is an example of the Emergency Response Plan being addressed only after FERC has issued the LNG company a permit.
In a letter to the FAA Monday, Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal Monday demanded the agency establish a no-fly zone around a proposed natural gas terminal to be established in the middle of Long Island Sound. Blumenthal says the agency has "completely ignored" threats from the air to the facility.
[John Hritko Jr., senior vice president of Broadwater] said no-fly zones are not in place at the Millstone or Indian Point nuclear plants, and quoted the draft document as stating: "the FAA generally does not establish no-fly zones around energy facilities such as oil or petroleum product storage tank areas, oil platforms or nuclear plants." (Jan 18)
Under the proposal, Broadwater would moor a 1,200-foot-long vessel nine miles from Long Island and about 11 miles from Branford. Tankers carrying super-cooled LNG from abroad would off-load at the terminal, which would heat the LNG back to a gaseous state and send a billion cubic feet per day through a pipeline running along the floor of the Long Island Sound.
[Bryan Lee, the director of press services for FERC, in a recent letter sent to a Fairfield County paper] stated that Congress, in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, did not alter the important role of state authorities in reviewing proposed liquefied natural gas terminals and other natural gas facilities. "In the case of the proposed Broadwater project, Connecticut has as much authority today as it did prior to the passage of the Energy Policy Act last year," he said.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Note the size of the LNG vessel: 1,200 feet long.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut's entire congressional delegation has gone on record as opposing a liquefied natural gas terminal being proposed for Long Island Sound. (Jan 15)
After an attempt to craft legislation blocking a liquefied natural gas plant in Sparrows Point was struck down, county elected leaders and officials raised questions yesterday about whether a new proposal that would prohibit LNG projects in environmentally sensitive coastal areas would survive a similar legal challenge.
The council had passed a zoning ordinance in June prohibiting LNG facilities from being built within five miles of a home, in the wake of the plan by AES Corp. to build a LNG terminal on Sparrows Point, less than two miles from the historically black neighborhood of Turners Station. AES filed its lawsuit against the county in September, challenging the legality of the June zoning law.
New Orleans-based McMoRan Exploration Co. recently received federal approval to build a $1-billion liquefied natural gas terminal 16 miles east of the Mississippi River capable of processing 10 percent of the nation’s daily demand of 31 billion cubic feet.
Instead of forcing natural gas vessels to tread water for weeks waiting for favorable commodity prices, the LNG hub is capable of regasifying up to 1.6 billion cubic feet of liquid natural gas a day and storing 2.8 billion cubic feet of LNG in offshore underwater salt caverns. [Bold emphasis added.] (Jan 22)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Marathon Oil Corporation and ConocoPhillips today announced the companies have jointly filed for a 2-year extension of the Kenai Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility's export license with the U.S. Department of Energy. The current license ends March 31, 2009 and this application would extend the export license thru March 31, 2011.
President Bush and Congress don't want to know a lot of things. They have directed federal agencies not to gather certain information when it contradicts their world view. In a nutshell, it has been a bad season for science and a good season for ignorance.
One of the things the White House and Congress don't want to hear is public opinion on the matter of liquefied natural gas terminals. The last Congress turned down an amendment that would have given the states a place in the deliberations over LNG terminals. Congress declared that LNG siting is a federal decision, period. (Jan 30)
After four years of scrutiny, Long Beach officials Monday pulled the plug on a controversial energy project that promised an abundant new source of clean-burning liquefied natural gas for California but posed insurmountable safety concerns.
In a unanimous vote, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners decided to end an environmental review of the project that was launched more than two years ago but had slipped far behind schedule. The action effectively terminates the effort by the port and a partnership of Mitsubishi Corp. and ConocoPhillips to build a $700-million liquefied natural gas plant inside the busiest cargo port in the nation. (Jan 23)
CHEVRON and Royal Dutch Shell are holding back on construction projects from Australia to Nigeria, which could force up liquefied natural gas prices for years to come.Record LNG prices would not fall for "years to come", said Ari Soemarno, president of Indonesia's state energy company, Pertamina, until 2005 the world's largest LNG exporter. (Jan 17)
30 January 2007
Among those filing for intervenor status, as of January 23:
- Province of New Brunswick
- U.S. Department of the Interior
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Maine State Planning Office
- Maine Public Utilities Commission
- City of Eastport
- Eastport Port Authority
- City of Calais
- Roosevelt Campobello International Park
- Save Passamaquoddy Bay Canada
- Save Passamaquoddy Bay U.S.
- Nulankeyutmonen Nkihtahkomikumon
- Sierra Club of Canada
- Union of New Brunswick Indians
- Atlantic Salmon Federation
- Huntsman Marine Science Centre
- St. Croix Estuary Project
- Passamaquoddy Lobstermen Association
- Repsol Energy North America Corporation
- Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline
- Mill River Pipeline
- Mobil Natural Gas
- North East Energy Development Company
- Weaver's Cove Energy
- Downeast LNG
- KeySpan Delivery Companies
- Numerous individuals
Others filing just for Quoddy Bay, so far, are:
- City of Methuen
- Native American Holdings
- Perry Improvement Association
- Portland Natural Gas Transmission System
- Downeast LNG
Only filing for Downeast LNG, so far, are:
- Passamaquoddy Tribe
- Humane Society of U.S. Wildlife Land Trust
- Quoddy Bay LNG
- Bear Creek Investments
The Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) will be holding public hearings on liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility proposals in Washington County later this year. At its January 18 meeting, the board decided to assume jurisdiction of the Downeast LNG application, and it is expected that the board will also assume jurisdiction of the Quoddy Bay LNG application once it is filed.
Those seeking to be intervenors have to file a petition, which must be received by the board no later than Friday, February 9. Petitions should be addressed to: Virginia Plummer, chair, Board of Environmental Protection, 17 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. They may be faxed to (207) 287-2814. Questions about the petitions should be directed to Cynthia Bertocci at (207) 287-2452. The board will consider petitions to intervene at its March 1 meeting. (Jan 26)
"They're holding us hostage until we coerce the other reservation to sign on the dotted line. That's the type of company they are," says Richard Doyle, the Passamaquoddy chief at Pleasant Point, of Quoddy Bay LNG, since the company is not making any lease payments until the tax agreement is signed by the joint tribal council.
[Indian Township Tribal Councillor Wayne Newell] believes that, since the land is owned by all tribal members, the profits should be shared, but he agrees with Doyle's assessment on the risks. "They have to live with it, but we don't here," observes the Indian Township councillor. (Jan 26)
[Perry Selectman Jeanne Guisinger] proceeded to make a counter motion and read from a prepared statement, asking that the board of selectmen "honor the petition presented at the meeting of January 8, 2007, that was signed by 142 registered voters in Perry. The petition requested an open town meeting to discuss passing an article establishing a special, representative committee for the town's negotiations with Quoddy Bay LNG." (Jan 26)
Two days following the January 22 selectmen's meeting, a group of Perry residents filed a petition that would override a decision made by the majority of selectmen and allows the citizens to call a special town meeting to decide on setting up a representative group to participate in discussions with Quoddy Bay LNG on a possible agreement with the town.
The new petition calls for an open town meeting to be held on Thursday, February 1, at the Perry Elementary School. According to Selectwoman Jeanne Guisinger and a press release sent to the media, signatures were gathered and presented to a notary public, Mona Love, who verified them using the current voters' list. A total of 66 Perry citizens signed the petition. The statement said that only 41 signatures were required to make the petition legal. (Jan 26)
"The LNG industry's own safety standards preclude LNG terminals and LNG ships in Passamaquoddy Bay. Add to that, this Calais proposal suggests placing their operation next to a major international historic site, near a public recreation area, in a narrow tributary of the bay, in waters that are part of the first international historic waterway system, in the transit route of vessels going to New Brunswick's Bayside port and near the eighth busiest border crossing in the U.S.," says Godfrey. "Most of all, Canada has said 'no' to LNG in Passamaquoddy Bay at the local, provincial and national level. With Canada providing such a huge trade market for Calais, it is surprising that Calais leadership feels this project is worth the time, effort and funds that will be expended to even explore this risky proposal. It is also strange that anyone would say they support such a proposal before they had heard a presentation, learned the background of the possible developer and investigated all of the economic, safety and environmental issues that are so clearly raised in the Whole Bay Study commissioned last year by Save Passamaquoddy Bay." (Jan 26)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The North East Energy LNG Red Beach project location has the same hazards that are warned against by the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (see Webmaster's Comments for "New Brunswick seeks a part in LNG case," below). The hazards that apply to the proposed Red Beach location are even more numerous than the other two proposed LNG project locations.
Both [Pleasant Point Chief Rick Doyle] and Passamaquoddy Rep. Donald Soctomah, a co-sponsor of the bill, are not aware of any consideration to use the proposed utility district as a vehicle for the co-generation of electricity related to the Quoddy Bay LNG project. According to Brian Smith, project manager for Quoddy Bay LNG, co-generation of electricity at natural gas facilities is common, and it's possible one might develop at the Quoddy Bay site if the project proceeds. However, he adds, "We haven't looked at partnering with the tribe" for co-generation. (Jan 26)
BOSTON, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- SUEZ Energy North America's subsidiary, Neptune LNG LLC, today announced that the U.S. Maritime Administration has decided to issue a deepwater port license to the company to build, own, and operate the Neptune offshore LNG delivery system in Massachusetts Bay. Neptune is the first offshore LNG project on the United States' East Coast to reach this milestone.
The Neptune project is being developed to provide between 400 and 750 million cubic feet of natural gas per day -- enough to serve 1.5 million to 3 million homes daily. By increasing supply to the region, the Neptune project will help ensure that homes in Massachusetts and the other New England states have heat when the weather is cold and electricity year round.
The LNG carriers will be moored at the proposed deepwater port by means of a submerged unloading buoy system consisting of two buoys. An LNG ship will typically be moored for four to eight days while unloading its LNG cargo, depending on market demand. The two separate buoys will ensure that natural gas can be delivered in a continuous flow by having a brief overlap between arriving and departing LNG carriers.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Offshore, away from people, near the market and permitted!
FERC spokeswoman Tamara Young-Allen said her agency takes "ex parte" rules "very seriously" and the Commission could decide to reassign the Bradwood Landing case to different FERC staff as a result of the complaint. FERC has specific rules on agency meetings with project applicants. In many cases, intervenors are required to be invited, and public notice must be given even if the meeting isn't public.
Even as they deny making any effort to influence him, two of the closest friends and associates of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger now are linked via their law firm to attempts at bringing superexpensive liquefied natural gas (LNG) to California via a terminal planned for construction 14 miles off the coast of Ventura County.
29 January 2007
"I think we as a community need to come to grips with the LNG project," [Chief Doyle] said. "My own take on it is that the process by which it was brought to us was not the tribal process but was something that was rushed through." (Jan 27)
"It is especially surprising that Rep. Emery has proceeded alone in this since when asked last year if LNG was such a great idea why he didn't propose it for his home community of Cutler, he answered ‘the lobstermen would never allow it.’ One wonders why Rep. Emery feels the fishermen in Passamaquoddy Bay and Cobscook Bay are less important." (Jan 23)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The North East Energy LNG Red Beach project is subject to the same hazards that are warned against in Passamaquoddy Bay and the Saint Croix River by the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (see Webmaster's Comments for "New Brunswick seeks a part in LNG case," below).
"The government has provincial interests that it wants to make sure are part of the proceedings," said Gisele Regimbal, director of communications for the department. "As an intervenor, we will be going in and presenting those interests the environmental, the safety and security, the economic interests that we have with respect to these projects." (Jan 16)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The LNG industry, itself, in its best-practices standards published by the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO), warns against locating LNG piers within and transiting LNG vessels through the conditions present in the approaches to and within Passamaquoddy Bay. Despite LNG developers' wishes to the contrary, Canadian Federal, Provincial, Municipal, and Public opposition to these projects is consistent with the LNG-industry's own site selection safety standards. (Read the FERC docket entries referring to approximately 30 SIGTTO references warning against siting LNG facilities in the conditions present in Passamaquoddy Bay and approaches that the local LNG projects would present: Quoddy Bay LNG, and Downeast LNG.)
According to the company the terminal will provide low-cost, high availability LNG transshipment and storage services to the northeastern United States (U.S.) and Canadian LNG importers and providers. It will also provide facilities for LNG cargo transfer, temporary vessel-based LNG storage and a lay-up site for in-transit LNG carriers. The terminal will also include land-based storage opportunities for reloading of smaller or specialized LNG carriers and for customers with peak-use requirements or seasonal needs.
The amendment states, "no tank in excess of 5,000 gallons or any other structure shall be constructed for the purpose of liquefying, storing, processing, vaporizing, transporting, transferring or handling propane or natural gas without first obtaining a license from the City Council. Before issuing such license, both the fire and police chiefs of the city and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency shall review the safety plan, security plan, emergency response plan, fire protection plan and evacuation plan of the proposed facility and provide a written formal assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of such plans to the City Council."
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, Jan. 29 -/E-Wire/ The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, a tri-national commission set up under the North American Free Trade Agreement, announced January 25th that it was rejecting a request by Mexico to suspend an investigation into whether the country violated its own laws in approving a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility next to a biodiversity hotspot on the U.S. border.
In 2005, U.S. and Mexican conservation organizations filed a formal petition with the NAFTA Commission to challenge the Mexican government's granting of permits to Chevron to build the LNG terminal just 600 yards from the Coronado Islands. The islands, located 11 miles south of the U.S. border, provide critical nesting habitat for six threatened or endangered seabird species and 10 other species of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world.
“Iran and Russia can establish the structure for an organisation of gas cooperation like OPEC as half of the world's gas reserves are in Russia and Iran,” [Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] was quoted by state television as saying.
Russia and Iran are the world's No. 1 and No. 2 holders of gas reserves respectively. Iran's reserves are estimated at 940 trillion cubic feet or more and Russia's is estimated to hold between 1,680 trillion to 2,360 trillion cubic feet.
23 January 2007
Only parties to the proceeding can ask for court review of Commission orders in the proceeding. The Province will be acting on legal advice from a U.S.law firm with LNG regulatory expertise. (Jan 16)
The third liquefied natural gas (LNG) company hoping to build a terminal facility in Maine has filed for intervener status in Quoddy Bay LLC's application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for an LNG project in Passamaquoddy Bay. (Jan 19)
Following an executive session with city attorney Dennis Mahar, the Eastport City Council, at its January 8 meeting, unanimously authorized city attorney Dennis Mahar to contract with attorney Kimberly Cook of Portland for the filing of intervenor status with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for both the Quoddy Bay LNG proposal at Split Rock and Downeast LNG project in Robbinston. (Jan 12)
The petition asks the town to require selectmen "to conduct all future discussions and correspondence by them regarding the potential citing of any liquefied natural gas facilities in Perry, including discussions and correspondence with the town's attorneys and with representatives from Quoddy Bay LNG, only after notice to and participation with full voting rights by a special negotiating committee to be made up of members of the Perry community." (Jan 12)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This expansion is to accommodate natural gas from the Canaport LNG project in Saint John, New Brunswick, and is unrelated to the Quoddy Bay LNG and Downeast LNG proposals. Those two projects would each require another expansion of the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline.
The deadlines to file for intervenor status and to file comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for two proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects on Passamaquoddy Bay are quickly approaching. For the Quoddy Bay LNG project at Split Rock, Pleasant Point, the deadline is Tuesday, January 16; for Downeast LNG it is Monday, January 22. (Jan 12)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Motion to Intervene deadlines have now passed, although one can still file a "Motion to Intervene Out of Time," which is a request for FERC to accept a late filing for intervenor status. Such a request must provide justification for being late.
13 January 2007
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 The nation’s oil and gas companies, hoping to fend off an attack by Congress on their tax breaks and subsidies, angrily denounced an effort by House Democratic leaders Friday that would repeal billions of dollars worth of incentives and plow the money into renewable energy projects.
The House bill would punish companies that refuse to change their leases by either charging them a “conservation fee” of $9 for each barrel of oil they produce or prohibiting them from acquiring any additional leases in federal waters.
The Community Development Department has provided copies of the company's applications and supporting documents to public libraries in Astoria, Seaside, Warrenton, Clatskanie and Cathlamet, Wash. In addition, a copy is placed at Knappa High School. The documents are also posted on the county Web site at www.co.clatsop.or.us (Jan 8)
Concerned about the safety of Astoria residents if a liquefied natural gas terminal is sited at Bradwood Landing, upriver from Astoria, the city will send a letter to Clatsop County Administrator Scott Derickson today, asking the county to consider hiring a professional to evaluate public safety issues associated with LNG facilities and help come up with a way to respond in an emergency. (Jan 3)
"Adjusting the October storage data for the colder weather implies that last week's storage withdrawal should have been roughly 2 Bcf/d stronger than the 7 Bcf/d that was reported," Driscoll said. (Jan 12)
Gazprom is doing a good job of throwing its weight around, but it may be setting the stage for something more lucrative. As recently as November 14, 2006, Putin stated that Russia is not interested in creating a global natural gas cartel, along the lines of OPEC. That may be true, but there are hints that he is not completely opposed to such an idea. A group known as the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) claims 15 members, including Russia, which control nearly 75% of the world's natural gas reserves and over 40% of global natural gas production. GECF has no permanent office, no permanent staff, and no web site; it meets only occasionally and discusses mostly technical issues -- so far. But the foundation is there to jump-start a cartel. Natural gas and LNG are typically sold on long-term fixed-price contracts, but as a spot market in LNG develops, it doesn't take much imagination to visualize an OPEC-like cartel that sets natural gas prices based on LNG spot prices. Such a cartel would affect Asia and the United States as well as Europe, and would be the logical next step after Russia gains control of the European natural gas markets. (Jan 3)
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"Today's meeting, I think, assured us that the federal government is 100 percent behind stopping LNG in Passamaquoddy Bay."
"I object to be excluded from the discussions for a proposed agreement between the company and the town of Perry." (Dec 22)
There are five existing LNG terminals in the U.S., and 16 more terminals have been approved by FERC. Presently 12 LNG proposals are pending before FERC, with about 40 proposals either pending or being discussed by the LNG industry for North America. According to FERC's website, even if an LNG terminal receives all federal and state approvals, "it still must meet complicated global issues surrounding financing, gas supply and market conditions. Many industry analysts predict that only 12 of the 40 LNG terminals being considered will ever be built." (Dec 22)
EAST HAVEN The U.S. Coast Guard's lacking the resources to protect the proposed Broadwater Energy liquefied natural gas plant, should it be built 10 miles offshore, is reason enough to reject it, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday.
"We'll go to court if necessary. The security threat cannot be addressed by a Coast Guard that lacks the ships" and other resources, Blumenthal said at a press conference, flanked by a bipartisan group of state and local officials and a representative of Save the Sound.
The biggest customer for liquefied natural gas coming from Nikiski’s LNG plant may be looking for other sources of supply after March 2009. That’s when the aging plant will need a new export license from the U.S. Department of Energy to keep sending its product to Japan.
A Jan. 9 report in Japan’s top financial newspaper, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, said Tokyo Electric Power Co. had decided not to renew its contract with the ConocoPhillips-Marathon joint venture, or another smaller contract with Indonesia. The report said Tepco believed reserves for the two LNG producers were close to being exhausted.
In a not entirely unexpected move on Jan. 9 President Bush lifted the moratorium on oil and gas leasing in the North Aleutian planning area, an area that includes the outer continental shelf of Alaska’s Bristol Bay and the southeastern corner of the Bering Sea. The president’s action should enable the U.S. Minerals Management Service to include two North Aleutian lease sales in its 2007 to 2012 leasing program.
In addition to Bristol Bay’s fish habitat, the region supports marine mammals such as the walrus, harbor seal and sea otter, as well as endangered species including stellar sea lions, humpback whales, fin whales and right whales.
Enviably this small peninsula lays claim to 15 per cent of the world’s gas reserves at 900 trillion ft3. To put that into perspective, that’s about 160 billion barrels of oil or enough to last some 200 years at the present rate of production. If that isn’t a good enough insurance policy against any potential slowdown in global demand, the country plans to triple its annual production of LNG to 77 million tons by 2012.
11 January 2007
These developers need to be held accountable for the future of this bay. With or without help from the state government, the towns chosen as sites for LNG need to take the responsibility that appropriate compensation is made by the LNG companies for the jobs that will be lost in the bay on both sides of the border. Please wake up people; this really is the big picture.
“Although M&NE is not proposing to construct these facilities and does not have an application before the FERC … an analysis of the impacts of these facilities will be included in the [environmental impact statement] being prepared for the Quoddy Bay LNG facility.”
Krueger said Saturday that a major LNG terminal has been proposed for Massachusetts. He said it would make more sense to deliver the gas there close to where it will be used rather than expanding the pipeline for hundreds of miles in Maine. [Bold emphasis added.]
While North Shore fishermen still hope that the federal government will reject two proposed offshore liquefied natural gas terminals, fishing proponents are poised to establish a nonprofit organization that would allocate $12.6 million to subsidize the struggling industry.
The proposed offshore LNG terminals, which would be located 7 miles and 13 miles southeast of Gloucester, were approved by then-governor Mitt Romney last month. The US Department of Transportation is expected to make a final ruling on the proposals later this winter.
Connecticut has made it resoundingly clear that even though the proposed Broadwater liquefied natural gas terminal will be in New York territorial waters, this state has both a large stake in the outcome of the matter and serious questions about the proposal that require clear answers from federal regulators.
The governor demanded and the state is entitled to influence FERC's decision. Connecticut and New York are jointly responsible under law for protecting Long Island Sound, and collaborate in confronting pollution and other threats to the well-being of the Sound. They arguably get little help or encouragement from the federal government.
Under federal energy law, Washington has launched a veritable derby, as one critic referred to it, of competition to build LNG facilities. The region may need cheap natural gas, but not in the quantities proposed by energy companies in the Northeast. [Bold emphasis added.]
In Baltimore County, LNG facilities must be at least five miles from a residential zone and 500 feet from a commercial zone, according to a law passed in May 2006 specifically targeting AES’ proposal for a terminal at the Sparrows Point peninsula near the Key Bridge.
“Zoning is the No. 1 job of local government,” county attorney John Beverungen said. “This ordinance does not prevent them from applying. They just need to apply to FERC for a location five miles from a residence.”
NEW ORLEANS -- Petroleum producer McMoRan Exploration Co. has received final approval for a $1-billion (U.S.) liquefied natural gas project off Louisiana's coast, including storage caverns in an offshore salt dome, the company said yesterday.
McMoRan said the facility will be able to regasify up to 1.6 billion cubic feet of liquid natural gas a day, store 28 billion cubic feet of LNG in salt caverns and deliver up to 3.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas to the U.S. market daily. [Bold emphasis added.] (Jan 5)
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