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30 October 2006
Lammons said proximity to the refinery will allow them to capture and use waste heat from the refinery in the process where they warm the liquid natural gas, which helps minimize environmental impact. (Oct 28)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Here's another good reason why the Saint John, New Brunswick, LNG terminal makes sense, while the proposed terminals in Passamaquoddy Bay do not the Canaport LNG terminal can take advantage of waste heat from the adjacent Irving Oil refinery.
Only one in six liquefied natural gas terminals now proposed along U.S. coastlines is likely to be built, a proponent of the technology told an LSU energy conference Wednesday...experts see only seven to nine of them coming to fruition. (Oct 26)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Let's do the math: one in six projects around Passamaquoddy Bay results in...zero terminals built here. The technology proponent above has pegged our situation exactly right.
The Houston forum, the fourth in a series, will be open to the public. Questions and comments can be submitted via the internet, on cards to be provided at the event, or in written form by mail to: LNG Forums, Attn: Bob Corbin, 955 L'Enfant Plaza North, S.W., Suite 1500, Washington, D.C. 20024 (Oct 24)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Like the previous three DOE LNG forums, it will be an industry-promoting window-dressing event, with most of the public's questions being ignored. In fact, of the questions submitted by mail or email, the DOE (as told to this writer by DOE's Bob Corbin) decided that they would answer only the most frequently-asked questions regardless of the importance of the other questions and would put them online. The Boston (Massachusetts) LNG Forum was on 2006 March 10; the Astoria (Oregon) LNG Forum was on 2006 March 28; the Los Angeles (California) LNG Forum was on 2006 June 1.
- As of this writing, none of the questions are online.
The DOE transcribes each of these events, and while the DOE doesn't make it generally known, the transcripts are available upon request. To obtain a transcript, submit your request to:
Bob Corbin, DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-9460.
ATTN: Bob Corbin
955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW
Washington, DC 20024
When this writer made his transcript request by telephone, the DOE attempted to force a written-letter request, giving the reason that they wanted to "track everyone making the request." When the issue was pursued, the DOE fulfilled the request without a written letter.
Although the Forums' proceedings were tape recorded, they have been transcribed into digital documents; however, the transcripts are not available to the public in digital form. Requested transcripts will be mailed at taxpayers' expense even though a more efficient and less expensive method of conveying the transcripts exists.
- As of this writing, none of the transcripts are online.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Maine Governor Baldacci has something in common with California's Republican Governor regarding LNG the absence of a comprehensive energy plan.
21 October 2006
Over the past two years, residents of Maine have fought to keep LNG terminals out of five separate communities, and won each time. Proposals for three LNG terminals have now moved further north to the Maine side of Passamaquoddy Bay.
Natural gas is a cleaner burning fuel than oil or coal, but the environmental benefits of this will only be felt if natural gas replaces more polluting fossil fuel. If, on the other hand, natural gas is used in addition to other fuels, the environmental impacts will only worsen. (Aug 10)
Just so those protecting the Columbia River from liquefied natural gas industrialization can feel that they are not alone in this fight, there are three proposed LNG terminals for our Passamaquoddy Bay, on the border between New Brunswick, Canada and Maine ("Feds will put LNG plant 'wherever they want,'" The Daily Astorian, Oct. 6).
20 October 2006
The Lynn City Council may not have the authority to force KeySpan Energy Delivery to improve safety at its liquefied natural gas storage tank on Lynn Harbor, where a break-in by two intruders in late August raised fears of vulnerability to a terrorist attack. (Oct 19)
Baltimore County lacks enough emergency responders and the proper equipment to handle an accident at a proposed liquefied natural gas plant on Sparrows Point, the county's homeland security chief told a group studying the project yesterday. (Oct 19)
The Prince George’s County Council Monday upheld the findings of a Zoning Hearing Examiner denying a Washington Gas request for a special exception application to build a liquefied natural gas storage facility on Chillum Road. (Oct 19)
Attorneys for AES Corp. filed a complaint with the Maryland Ethics Commission saying Sharon Beazley’s dual roles as coordinator of the LNG Opposition Team and co-chair of the neutral task force organized to study the proposal is a conflict of interest.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: ...and yet, the LNG industry doesn't seem to have a problem with pro-energy FERC studying and ruling on their proposals.
According to Cox, in the 1990s the Farm Bureau also supported the deregulation of the energy industry for many of the same reasons it supports LNG. "They were proven wrong then, and theyíll be proven wrong with LNG," he says. (Oct 19)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: "LNG" appears to be a misnomer. The trucks are more likely to be fueled with natural gas, and not carrying LNG in their tanks.
18 October 2006
"LNG should come to Maine only with local governmental support, and following thorough and transparent review under all state permit requirements with no federal preemption. My goals for energy independence are: 1) using less energy; 2) using energy more efficiently; and, 3) using more renewable energy. I strongly support wind power in appropriate locations. I don’t take positions on specific projects that are seeking permits from Maine’s regulatory bodies."
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Baldacci tries to dodge the bullet by taking an inconsistent, leadership-deficient stance on the energy issue.
FERC is seeking specific comments or concerns about the planned project. (Oct 13)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Here's a comment: Why is FERC wasting taxpayer's money on this project, since Canada's Prime Minister Harper has explicitly stated that Canada won't allow LNG to transit into Passamaquoddy Bay, and since the Canadian government has made that same communication face to face to Dean Girdis? Downeast LNG doesn't have LNG tanker access to their proposed site, disqualifying the project from the FERC process.
"We are excited to have Fred working again on the project he played such a large part in starting," says Don Smith, president of Quoddy Bay LNG. "Fred put extraordinary efforts into attracting this development to the reservation three years ago and will now assist us in the completion of this project." (Oct 13)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Fred Moore approached this writer, some months ago, after a Save Passamaquoddy Bay news conference at the State Capitol building in Augusta, and stated that he never intended for an LNG project to be sited at Sipayik, but intended for it to be sited on tribally-owned land elsewhere.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This project is "afloat" with doubt. Emery and his partners should be rethinking their strategy if they think this project will result in anything other than failure. Canada has issued a firm refusal against allowing LNG vessels into Passamaquoddy Bay. This project even more than the other two, due to its flawed site choice and its last-place running in the marketplace race is dead in the water.
The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold a public hearing starting on Monday, November 6, to consider an application to construct the Brunswick Pipeline submitted by Emera Brunswick Pipeline Company Ltd. (EBPC). The public hearing will take place at the Hilton Saint John Trade and Convention Centre in Saint John. (Oct 13)
Approximately 40 participants and observers, representing a cross-section of the waterway users and other interested parties, including tug and deep-draft vessel operators, shoreside facility and terminal operators, conservation groups, law enforcement, harbormasters, local and regional officials and representatives of federal, state and provincial regulatory agencies, were present. (Oct 13)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Deep-draft navigation was abundantly represented, skewing the process in their favor due to absence of participating representation from the following stakeholders:
- Passamaquoddy Tribal Government;
- Fishermen's organizations;
- Recreational waterway users (sailing, sea kayaking, boating, boat excursions, fishing, birding);
- Private-enterprise tourism other than the Deer Island ferry service;
- Medical & mental health professionals;
- Anyone familiar with the Whole Bay Study on the economic impacts that LNG would have on the communities surrounding Passamaquoddy Bay.
The location of the event the Lucerne Inn in Dedham, Maine, a considerable distance from the waterway under consideration, Passamaquoddy Bay may have discouraged participation by some invited stakeholders. According to the hosting US Coast Guard officials, the Dedham location was selected to accommodate the Canadian Coast Guard's preference to be close to the Bangor Airport, although the Canadian Coast Guard drove to the event.
It was announced at the event that due to the Canadian Government's objection to the proposed LNG projects in Passamaquoddy Bay the Canadian Coast Guard would not participate in the event, but attended only as observers. The representative from Transport Canada also expressed multiple times the Canadian Government's opposition to the projects.
It should now be clear to everyone that the Canadian Government stands in unified opposition to LNG transit through Canada's internal waters of Head Harbour Passage and Passamaquoddy Bay, and that pursuit of the pending LNG projects requiring such passage will be fruitless.
The project, North Atlantic Right Whale BEACON, (Binational Early Alert Coastal Network), will involve Sierra Club member teams from the 16 Atlantic coastal chapters of the two environmental organizations. This international network will monitor the entire coastal range of Eubalaena glacialis and track development projects like harbour expansions, high speed ferry proposals, coastal quarries, Navy sonar testing, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and oil and gas exploration and drilling to ensure that the wellbeing of these marine mammals, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act in the U.S. and the Species At Risk Act in Canada, is taken into consideration before such projects are allowed to proceed. (Oct 13)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: In other words, Quoddy Bay LNG has no jobs to offer.
"A few weeks ago, FERC requested further information on our project, and we are happy to announce that we've submitted updated drafts in a timely manner," said Quoddy Bay LNG Project Manager Brian Smith. "Following this, we're on track to submit our final, formal application to FERC next month." (Oct 13)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: FERC's previous request for more information was, in part, because Quoddy Bay LNG hadn't provided the required information in the first place. Quoddy Bay's second submission may also reflect the company's lack of experience and capability. However, even if the information submitted fulfills FERC's requirements, it is a fruitless exercise, since Canada's refusal to allow LNG carrier transit into Passamaquoddy Bay was the death-knell for this project, as well as Downeast LNG's project and Calais LNG.
It's not the first time a gas leak has forced evacuations in Fredericton. Enbridge Gas, the supplier of natural gas throughout New Brunswick, says Fredericton has had four leaks so far in 2006. [Bold emphasis added.] (Oct 17)
The LNG industry is legally gunning to overturn a new Rhode Island law that all but prohibits LNG tankers from traveling through Narragansett Bay to a proposed liquefied natural gas facility in Fall River.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Never mind that the Fall River location violates the SIGTTO LNG-industry standards for terminal siting.
Frank closed the letter by writing, "The job of the Interior Department is to protect the environment, not to focus on the 'practical considerations' of private companies applying for departmental permits. This inappropriate contact between the company and the Department needs to be stopped immediately, and a fairer, open process that does not involve this sort of unethical collaboration should be initiated." (Oct 17)
More than half the audience of 200 stormed out of an auditorium at Bristol Community College amid allegations that the once-respected agency has abandoned its mission of protecting the public and has, instead, become a political tool of the energy industry.
About 12,000 people in 5,100 households live within a mile of the LNG storage tank. People living along the coastline in Massachusetts and Rhode Island would risk severe burns if a tanker's fuel caught fire. (Oct 17)
[T]he local rally took place in conjunction with similar anti-LNG rallies up and down the Pacific Coast. Similar rallies were scheduled to take place in Longview, Wash.; Malibu and Oxnard, Calif.; and Tijuana, Mexico. (Oct 16)
...BHP Billiton's LNG project, proposed near Oxnard, will emit up to 25 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, or nearly as much as 4 million cars. That project will also become the largest polluter in Ventura County, adding 200 tons of pollutants into Southern California's air.
And it will lead to energy insecurity. For example, the Russian government just suspended operation on a major LNG export project on Sakhalin Island citing environmental concerns. Given that many LNG projects are in unstable countries and in sensitive ecosystems, this shutdown could only be the beginning.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Compare Hann's statement to Quoddy Bay LNG's Brian Smith's statement that Quoddy Bay will be a major source of noxious emissions.
"At the end of the day, Petro-Canada is going to have to come to the realization that Gazprom is a political organism, as opposed to a normal corporation, with its headquarters in the Kremlin, and that it will do the Kremlin's bidding," Mr. Armstrong said. (Oct 16)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: And yet, the US Government has invited Gazprom to own US energy infrastructure! Gazprom has expressed interest in owning the Cove Point, Maryland, LNG terminal. This flies in the face of President Bush's stated goal for US energy independence.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Political unrest in LNG-producing countries is screaming a message to the US: "LNG will not bring energy independence or energy stability."
It's now clear that LNG terminals will encounter stiff opposition from both East and West Coast communities and governments, so terminal developers are looking to construct terminals offshore of Texas and Louisiana, two states that have so far welcomed new oil and gas projects. The Gulf Coast region offers some major advantages to LNG terminal operators and shippers. Foremost is ready access to the Henry Hub, the benchmark hub for U.S. natural gas pricing, which promises a ready market with plenty of buyers, plenty of liquidity, and the price transparency that accompanies Henry Hub`s central position in the U.S. natural gas market. The presence of the petrochemical industry also provides a ready market for any excess natural gas. [Bold red emphasis added.]
“But post 2010 … there is a big potential for an oversupply of LNG,” she said. “And what we expect to see is gas-to-gas competition taking place then as LNG projects compete to get into the market and compete for long-term contracts,” [according to ConocoPhillips’ chief economist Marianne Kah]. [Bold red emphasis added.]
The Bush administration is putting in place plans to approve more than 118,000 new oil and natural gas wells on federally owned land in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming over the next 20 years, nearly double the number of existing producing wells on federal lands throughout the Rocky Mountain region, The Wilderness Society said Wednesday.
MAKAROV, Russia Royal Dutch Shell says it has taken less than a month to sort out most of the ecological violations Russian authorities have identified at its Sakhalin oil and gas project, but official probes continue.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Sakhalin Island indigenous people are suffering environmental injustice at the hands of big energy's oil and gas projects there.
14 October 2006
The proposed $4-billion petrochemical plant for Goldboro, Guysborough County, is front and centre this week in Italy.
Developers of the combined petrochemical and liquefied natural gas plant on the Eastern Shore are pitching the project and trying to secure a supply of gas for the project at the seventh annual World LNG Summit in Rome.
It is no exaggeration to say, then, that Goldboro is unlikely to take delivery of Russian gas without the approval of President Vladimir Putin’s state-owned energy company. And even putting that aside, it is no secret that the nations of Western Europe covet incremental supplies from Russia.
As the project steamrolls on, however, the concerns of those parties who stand to lose the most from Lake Charles’ newest industrial player are being cast aside like litter from a runaway trash truck. Beyond the financial implications, detractors of the new terminal are saying that the FERC and Coast Guard vetting process, until now thought to be the ultimate strength of this terminal, is being shown for what it is: critically flawed.
Suddenly, and without any prior warning or notice, the third meeting was cancelled by the Coast Guard and within 14 days, the Coast Guard’s LCDR McCadden issued his edict to FERC with regard to the Waterway Suitability Assessment for the Cameron LNG Terminal. CITGO personnel were stunned to learn that not only had the Coast Guard approved the “Calcasieu River suitable for marine LNG traffic” as it applied to the Cameron facility, but had also done so without “considering the security issues associated with the project.” On Wednesday, LCDR Reams told MarEx that the Facility Security Plan (FSP) for the Cameron Terminal has not yet been finalized, or approved. [Bold red emphasis added.] (Oct 12)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This disturbing report indicates that, in addition to FERC's pro-energy industry bias, the US Coast Guard may have been influenced by a political agenda, rather than on the merits of the waterway and terminal location.
"I think there's a feeling that on the Gulf Coast we're fairly long on capacity, and when the terminals that are being built get [finished], this will dissuade additional terminals from being built until those terminals have a fair amount of utilization," he added.
The three major capacity holders at Freeport LNG ConocoPhillips, Dow and Mitsubishi are having problems finding supplies to use their respective capacities because of a tight global market and because exporting countries think they can get a higher price elsewhere, Urbantke said. (Oct 13)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: In agreement with industry analysts, this Gulf Coast LNG executive thinks that too many LNG terminals are being built. Besides, as indicated above, American LNG import terminals are already having difficulty finding supply.
JUNEAU A nonpartisan organization described as a group of pro-business young Alaskans was created as a front for Exxon Mobil Corp., BP, and ConocoPhillips to promote a natural gas pipeline deal, the group's former president said.
State Rep. Eric Croft, D-Anchorage, calls Alaska's Future a "ridiculous sham group" able to hide its income because it does not meet the legal definition of a group required to make public disclosures.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: BP adds to its laundry list of shady behavior, but is FERC concerned? Nah. In fact, FERC Chairman Kelliher has publicly advocated for the BP-partnered Alaska natural gas pipeline. FERC also has stated that they're unconcerned about LNG developers' character, and has even gone so far as to state that they'd permit LNG facilities to Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, and Charles Manson.
The forum is the second in a series of three events organized by Bay Area residents interested in promoting public discussions about LNG. The final meeting is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2007, at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.
High crude oil prices have generated a spate of energy-related research and development in alternative energy sources, both publicly and privately funded, but very little of this R&D is likely to be available on a commercial scale soon. The strategic plan recognizes this fact by noting that changes in energy supplies and uses come slowly, mostly because of the large investments required to generate scale, but provides no mechanism to direct the changes in the desired directions. The DOE simply suggests that new basic research could reduce the cost of bringing new technologies to market. Perhaps DOE is preparing a program to fund "faith-based initiatives." (Oct 11)
12 October 2006
A resolution calling on the Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick (UMNB) to join municipalities in Charlotte County in requesting action from the federal government to ban liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers from Head Harbour Passage will be placed on the agendafor its annual meeting later [in September]. (Sep 8)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: All indications point to Downeast LNG and Quoddy Bay LNG receiving a swift kick out of Passamaquoddy Bay any time, now.
Harper takes tough stance. (Oct 8)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Canada is standing firm, all around, regarding their internal waters sovereignty, demonstrating that the proposed LNG projects in Passamaquoddy Bay don't stand a chance of receiving LNG. They'll be packing up and headed home soon.
[I]f Canada could find a way to monetize its boreal forest`s value as a carbon sink, the country could earn more than $42 billion annually for the next 20 years by doing nothing.
Government-controlled companies in Russia have a long and consistent history of mis-management that in the end always leads to their failure to maximize value, either for the government or for private shareholders. There is no reason to believe that these latest adventures will yield a different result. (Oct 4)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Both parts of this story offer wisdom. The Russian issue, though, illustrates the folly of the US Government wooing Gazprom to own US energy infrastructure.
"This is an issue that determines the quality of life these cities and towns, and I know as the mayor of [Worcester,] a working-class city, that we cannot do things that will jeopardize people's safety," Murray said. "This is something that will also prevent business from coming in and discourage home ownership in the area. I think that instead a reasonable solution can be found that will be far less costly and not be risky. We can do better." (Oct 7)
LYNN The City Council put the brakes on a proposed ordinance that would have required KeySpan to establish specific security measures at its waterfront Liquefied Natural Gas facility after a brief public hearing Tuesday night. (Oct 10)
Unless there are other delays, the final environmental impact statement could be published at the end of the month. The Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard would hold public hearings on the statement in November. Gov. Mitt Romney, who can veto the project, would have to make a decision by the end of December. (Oct 9)
"In light of the Alternative Analysis to Broadwater released on March 2, 2006, we know with certainty that Broadwater is unnecessary," said Schmalz. "There are a number of ways to assure adequate gas and energy supplies for New England. They are common sense approaches that do not require the industrialization of a large portion of the Sound." (Oct 11)
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection was "arbitrary and capricious" when it rejected a water quality permit for the proposed pipeline. The 2-1 ruling faulted the state for having scant evidence to support its conclusion. It noted that a "mere two and half pages of analysis" and other state documents indicated the environmental agency had pursued a strategy to oppose the pipeline rather than conduct impartial fact finding. It gave the state 75 days to "conduct the type of review contemplated by federal law..." (Oct 10)
Reports say Mr. Butswinkas also argued that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute did not apply because the duration of the alleged illegal conduct was not long enough to establish a pattern of conduct, a prerequisite for RICO to apply.
Mr. Butswinkas also argued that AES had a permit to dump the waste from its Puerto Rico power plant in the Dominican Republic, but Dr. Bart Fisher, lawyer for the government of the Dominican Republic, has always contended that the permit was secured through bribery, and was therefore illegal. (Oct 9)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Racketeering? Bribery? FERC officials have publicly stated to downeast Maine audiences that FERC is unconcerned about LNG developer's veracity and character when permitting LNG facilities. FERC has even literally stated that they'd grant an LNG permit to the likes of Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, and Charles Manson.
The employees’ departure came after Zachry decided to adjust the salaries of craft workers, giving some employees $2 per hour raises and some $1 per hour raises, said Vicky Waddy, director of public affairs for Zachry. The employees earn between $18 and $22 per hour, she said.
"Opponents of LNG are often referred to as 'nimbys,' or people not wanting development in their backyard," said Rory Cox, program director of Pacific Environment, the organization coordinating the regional event. "That's a wrong assumption. LNG is a West Coast wide, long-term investment into polluting fossil fuels. There's a better way, and these people know what it is."
"That doesn't really allay concerns about rapid industrialization," said Cerres, from the Clean Energy Coalition. "The Columbia River may have very little living in it with development at this kind of pace and on this kind of scale." (Oct 6)
In the high-stakes competition to import natural gas from across the Pacific to California, one San Diego-based company has such a commanding head start that it could determine whether others can stay in the race.
"The market won't support a lot of projects," said Harvey Morris, attorney for the California Public Utilities Commission. If Costa Azul is expanded, "it might obviate the need for others or might mean only one more is needed on the West Coast." [Bold emphasis added.] (Oct 9)
8 October 2006
The industrial city is already home to a pulp mill, the largest oil refinery in Canada and several factories, employing thousands of people. A thick haze of brownish, yellowish smog hangs over Saint John on most days, and when the atmospheric conditions are right, people driving into the city are greeted by the strong smell of sulphur, emitted by the Irving-owned pulp mill.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The Irving LNG facility is designed to bring in other polluting industries, such as vinyl. The people opposing LNG development in Passamaquoddy Bay want their children to live in a healthy environment, not in polluted air like children in Saint John.
The energy company proposing a $400 million liquefied natural gas terminal in Sparrows Point is suing in federal court to overturn a new Baltimore County law that effectively prohibits its construction.
Dominion hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on October 5 for the expansion of the Cove Point LNG terminal. The expansion will increase Cove Point's capacity by 800 MMcf, bringing the terminal's total capacity to 1.8 Bcf/day. (Oct 5)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Viewing the Cove Point LNG terminal via Google Earth (Latitude 38° 23'10.89"N and Longitude 76° 24'37.30"W), and using the Measure tool between the center of the closest tank to the closest home and closest tank to the edge of the ball field, shows how close it is (.40 mile from closest house, .43 mile from ball field) close enough to burn people, should a catastrophic spill and fire from the tanks occur. It illustrates why offshore LNG terminals away from people are the best answer.
NEW YORK (Reuters) El Paso Corp. on Friday confirmed the cancellation of its Seafarer liquefied natural gas project that would have linked gas to the Florida market from a planned terminal in the Bahamas. (Oct 7)
The 700-mile Continental Connector project was expected to link fast-growing supply areas in the Rockies, the Mid-Continent, and the Barnett Shale fields of north Texas with existing infrastructure at the Perryville, Louisiana, hub, bringing supplies to consuming areas in the eastern and southeastern United States. (Oct 6)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: El Paso's withdrawl from the Continental Connector apparently isn't affecting the Rockies Express pipeline project being built by KinderMorgan, Sempra Energy, and ConocoPhillips, that will also bring natural gas east.
"We aren't anti-LNG, we're simply in favor of moving forward with the technology that is guaranteed to help protect our already depleted fish population in the gulf," said Aaron Viles, campaign director with the gulf Restoration Network, which has fought open-loop LNG terminals.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This is a proposed deepwater port well offshore more sensible than the LNG facilities close to the public being proposed by Downeast LNG and Quoddy Bay LNG.
3 October 2006
"So here we are in Canada and they're being told by mayors in Charlotte County, MLA's in the province, Premier Bernard Lord and Premier Shawn Graham, MP's and the Prime Minister, and they still persist. It is clear that these companies do not recognize Canada and their leaders and also our sovereignty rights," Craig said. (Sep 29)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: If Girdis actually thought that Canada can't stop LNG tankers from transiting Head Harbour Passage, he wouldn't have lobbied the Canadian government. Both LNG projects in Passamaquoddy Bay are, for all practical purposes, finished.
Fred Moore, the former Passamaquoddy Tribal representative to the Maine State Legislature for Pleasant Point and its sister reservation, Indian Township, has joined Quoddy Bay LNG, company officials announced Thursday. (Sep 29)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: In 2005, following a Save Passamaquoddy Bay news conference in Augusta, Representative Moore told this writer that, when he originally invited an LNG terminal project into discussions with the tribe, he never intended for the terminal to be built at Pleasant Point that he thought it should be built on tribally-owned property elsewhere in the state.
FALL RIVER The Coast Guard has agreed to hold two public hearings regarding new potential regulations that will guide liquefied natural gas tankers and other large ships through both Brightman Street bridges.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Rube Goldberg couldn't have devised a more complicated and improbable solution.
There are five LNG terminals proposed for Oregon. Four are on the Columbia River and one is in Coos Bay. The terminals would receive superchilled liquid natural gas from ships and convert it back to a gas for pipeline distribution.
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