"For much of the state of Maine, the environment is the economy"
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28 September 2006
Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC): "This government believes that the waters of Passamaquoddy Bay are Canadian waters. We have defended that position for a long time. We oppose the passage of LNG tanker traffic through Head Harbour and we will continue to do so." [Bold emphasis added.] (Sep 26)
Jessie Davies of St. Andrews, retired director of the University of New Brunswick's Environment and Sustainable Development Research Centre, will serve as the group's environmental impact assessment (EIA) chair. John Clark of St. Andrews and John Williamson Jr. of Ottawa will join the steering committee as government relations cochairs. (Sep 22)
The auctioneers noted there was a great response from area residents, and many interesting items were seen. The response to the morning appraisal session surpassed a similar appraisal session held a few days earlier in Bar Harbor. (Sep 22)
In its request for public comment, FERC states, “You [members of the public] can make a difference by providing us with your specific comments or concerns about the planned project. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts.” (Sep 27)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The ultimate measure to avoid environmental impacts is the project's destiny: approval failure, and being denied LNG carrier passage by Canada.
Concerned by the breach of security in what is considered a potential terrorist target, three Revere city councilors have asked representatives from KeySpan Energy , which owns the LNG tank, to appear before the Hometown/Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oct. 30 to answer questions.
The Sept. 3 letter by John C. Keppel ("Journal twists liquefied-natural-gas facts") wisely opposes LNG in populated areas. However, he states that two LNG terminals are approved by local populations on Passamaquoddy Bay, which encompasses Canadian and U.S. areas.
This statement could not be further from the truth. Quoddy Bay LLC's plan for a terminal is up against two Passamaquoddy Indian lawsuits and a lot of other local opposition. The second terminal, planned by Downeast LNG, in Robbinston, New Brunswick, also faces stiff opposition. (Sep 22)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The majority of people living around Passamaquoddy Bay and approaches staunchly oppose the local LNG projects.
At Hammonasset State Park on Monday morning, with Long Island Sound as a dramatic backdrop, State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro were joined by State Senator Ed Meyer, State Representative Deborah Heinrich, and Joe Courtney, Democratic candidate for Congress from the Second District, and all contended Broadwater was an economic, environmental, and safety hazard to Connecticut.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: While the website posts questions and answers, they are presented in PDF format, rather than as Web pages, making access and reference to particular topics awkward.
For instance, it would have been nice to be able to link to the following question that has an incomplete and unsatisfactory answer:
Q: “What safeguards are in place to assure that the people of Oregon do not pay one cent for the US government directed security of the LNG developer’s LNG or natural gas product, including the US Coast Guard incurred costs to the taxpayers?” A: The answer goes into detail about the US Coast Guard, it's purpose and funding, and then concludes...
“Inferring that Oregon residents be exempted from obligations assigned to the Coast Guard in matters of security is illogical given that a significant segment of the Oregon economy is dependent on international maritime commerce.”
The answer doesn't address the additional $ millions that will likely be required for all the non-Coast Guard related security and emergency preparedness outside of the terminal itself -- in the host community: police, fire, ambulance, and hospital requirements -- with no FERC-required reimbursement to the community by the developer.
In response to a design change submitted by energy company BHP Billiton for the seawater cooling system to be used in its proposed liquefied natural gas port off the coast of Malibu, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week reopened its public comment period on the project's draft water discharge permit for an additional 30 days.
"Furthermore, even with this change, the Cabrillo Port project will still have significant adverse impacts on water quality and marine life because it will dump more than 60 million gallons per year of wastewater containing an unlimited amount of chlorine and copper," according to Susan Jordan, director of the California Coastal Protection Network. (Sep 27)
Joseph Handley said the oil company, as part of a major review of the project in light of rising costs, is looking at building a liquefied natural gas facility, a lateral link to the proposed Alaska pipeline or putting it on the shelf to wait for conditions to improve.
26 September 2006
Nova Scotia's Premier fears a proposed pipeline to ship liquid natural gas from near Saint John directly to the U.S. border could scuttle proposals for natural gas projects in his province.
The Coast Guard's report on safety and security, which was released last week, suggests "a constant catastrophic danger of collisions between supertankers and other vessels" requiring hundreds of millions of dollars in firefighting and rescue equipment and personnel along the shoreline, Blumenthal said.
With nearly a dozen proposals for LNG plants pending from Eastern Canada to Rhode Island, many local officials and environmental activists have said Kelliher's agency should get more involved in shaping a regionwide planning process for how many plants need to be built, and where.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Once again, Kelliher dismisses regional LNG terminal site planning because regional siting hasn't worked for storing radioactive waste. "We tried that, and it doesn't work" is an old, closed-minded excuse that has no place in thoughtful, responsible, and critical decision making.
25 September 2006
"First the BIA said, ‘We don’t have it,’" Woodcock stated as the two-hour hearing in U.S. District Court in Bangor got under way. "Then, it said, ‘You’ve already got it.’ And when they asked again, the answer was ‘You don’t have a right to it and if you think you do, you’re going to have to sue us to get it.’" (Sep 23)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The US Department of Justice attorney representing the BIA was not smiling when she sat down after being severly reproached for over five minutes by Judge Woodcock.
The BIA has a long history of Indian trust abuse. Example: The 10-year-long Cobell v Norton case of BIA Indian Trust Account abuse. There are over a half-million members of the plaintiff-class in that case. Over 3,000 filings have been made to the court docket. BIA negligence has resulted in restraining orders preventing the BIA from Internet presence. (As of this writing, the BIA still has no website or email.) The court even issued a civil contempt order to the Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of the Treasury, and Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs.
Quotes from Case 1:96-cv-01285-RCL (PDF, 222.3 KB), Filed 07/12/2005 [bold emphasis added]:
After all these years, our government still treats Native American Indians as if they were somehow less than deserving of the respect that should be afforded to everyone in a society where all people are supposed to be equal.
Despite Interior’s near wholesale abdication of its trust duties, the vast majority of the Indian beneficiaries remain unaware that anything is out of order.
These findingsand the realization that former Secretaries of the Interior and Treasury, along with an Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, had mislead the Court with respect theretoprompted the Court to cite those individuals for civil contempt.
Interior’s unremitting neglect and mismanagement of the Indian trust has left it in such a shambles that recovery may prove impossible.
The entire record in this case tells the dreary story of Interior’s degenerate tenure as Trustee-Delegate for the Indian trusta story shot through with bureaucratic blunders, flubs, goofs and foul-ups, and peppered with scandals, deception, dirty tricks and outright villainythe end of which is nowhere in sight.
Alas, our “modern” Interior department has time and again demonstrated that it is a dinosaurthe morally and culturally oblivious hand-me-down of a disgracefully racist and imperialist government that should have been buried a century ago, the last pathetic outpost of the indifference and anglocentrism we thought we had left behind.
While it is undeniable that Interior has failed as a Trustee-Delegate, it is nevertheless difficult to conjure plausible hypotheses to explain Interior’s default. Perhaps Interior’s past and present leaders have been evil people, deriving their pleasure from inflicting harm on society’s most vulnerable. Interior may be consistently populated with apathetic people who just cannot muster the necessary energy or emotion to avoid complicity in the Department’s grossly negligent administration of the Indian trust. Or maybe Interior’s officials are cowardly people who dodge their responsibilities out of a childish fear of the magnitude of effort involved in reforming a degenerate system. Perhaps Interior as an institution is so badly broken that even the most well-intentioned initiatives are polluted and warped by the processes of implementation.
Royce C. Lamberth, United States District Judge
Hopefully, the current case before Judge Woodcock will resolve quickly. The likely decision is that the BIA violated its statutory obligations by approving the lease agreement between the Pleasant Point Tribal Government and Quoddy Bay LLC without executing several required studies related to Split Rock.
Such a court decision will invalidate Quoddy Bay LLC's lease, meaning that Quoddy Bay LLC doesn't have access to the land they need. Since FERC requires applicants to have unencumbered access to the land required for their proposed projects, Quoddy Bay LLC would be disqualified from the application process.
The rumors: As liquefied natural gas tankers make their way into Narragansett Bay, bridges along the Taunton River would be shut down so cars wouldn't be above or near tankers feared to be terrorist targets rerouting Route 24 traffic through Berkley and Dighton. A primary source of traffic would be closings of the Braga Bridge in Fall River, site of the proposed LNG facility.
Broadwater clearly isn't interested in the Connecticut's opinion on the terminal. What's worse, it appears that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission isn't either. FERC has steadfastly refused Connecticut's requests for a seat at the table when final decisions about the Broadwater project are made and refuses to grant Connecticut official status.
McMoRan had to alter the project significantly after Gov. Kathleen Blanco issued a veto in May, saying it was not clear whether the terminal's technology using billions of gallons of seawater annually to heat the supercooled gas brought in by tanker ships would harm valuable commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Another LNG terminal project bites the dust over lack of LNG supply. Downeast LNG & Quoddy Bay LNG also don't have a supply.
20 September 2006
Quoddy Bay Capacity, LLC has been awarded the capacity for a 25 year term, and have obtained the rights to the entire 2.0 Bcf per day capacity. Quoddy Bay Capacity was the only bidder to submit during open season. (Sep)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Quoddy Bay created yet another company to do business with itself (Quoddy Bay, LLC; Quoddy Bay LNG; Quoddy Bay LNG, LLC; Quoddy Bay Pipeline, LLC; and now, Quoddy Bay Capacity). No one else was interested in bidding on Quoddy Bay LNG's pipeline capacity. What does that say about the likelihood of a "real" New England customer other than Quoddy Bay, itself, for Quoddy Bay LNG's natural gas?
U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port will announce the results of the Coast Guard's waterway suitability report on the proposed Broadwater LNG terminal at 12:30 pm, on September 22 at the Coast Guard's Long Island Sound headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut. (Sep 19)
Former U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, former state Sen. Joe Miedusiewski and a lobbyist with ties to the governor have done work for a company that wants to build a liquefied natural gas plant on Sparrows Point.
Under the proposed law, those being paid by any energy company proposing to construct an LNG terminal would be required to register with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that decides where such facilities can be built.
Los Angeles A who's who of A-List celebrities, including Tom Hanks, Charlize Theron, Barbra Streisand, and Cher, have launched a high-profile campaign in the US to halt Australian resources giant BHP Billiton's $5 billion plan to build a massive LNG terminal off the coast of the Los Angeles seaside community of Malibu.
So what`s the problem? The problem is that natural gas prices have dropped significantly in the last year and infrastructure development in the largest market, the United States, hasn`t kept pace with the development in producing countries -- all the ingredients needed for a glut of natural gas.
None of the LNG supply-side projects is likely to influence LNG or natural gas markets until after 2010, but producers are dangerously close to over-building. Until there are enough terminals scattered around the world to receive the LNG, increasing the production capacity will only result in too much natural gas and, worse, be financially disastrous.
Perhaps "bottleneck" is a more accurate term than "glut", but the effect will be the same. Terminals will not be able to push the re-gasified LNG onshore because the pipeline system won`t handle the increased volume of gas; spot cargoes will sail in circles, waiting for willing buyers; LNG tankers will sit idle, with no cargoes; and producers will be stuck with unsaleable products. The price of LNG will drop, but the shortage of natural gas will ensure that consumers pay high prices. Such a situation could turn out to be the ultimate anti-Panglossian worst of all possible worlds. (Sep 13)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: LNG pricing is now at, or below, the competitive price floor; it isn't profitable at the current price, according to the above authors.
Renewable energy technologies are fast becoming economically competitive with fossil fuels, but U.S. federal policy is hampering development of the nation's abundant renewable energy resources, according to a report released Monday by U.S. researchers.
The federal government continues to pour subsidies into oil, gas, coal, and nuclear energy, the report said, and has failed to aggressively shift energy policy to encourage rapid development of renewable energy sources. (Sep 18)
The deputy head of Russia's environmental watchdog criticized Tuesday the operator of the massive Sakhalin II energy project in the country's Far East, saying it had not been given a license to wreck the local ecology.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This is an example of big oil & gas ruining life for indigenous people.
17 September 2006
An ordinance has been drafted by the city's law department outlining security measures that must be in place at LNG facilities in Lynn, along with specific procedures to follow if they want to remain operating in the city. (Sep 14)
"I want this never to happen again. I never want to hear that a breach of security occurred and the president of the company didn't hear about it until five days later," Lynn City Council President James Cowdell said. (Sep 13)
A Lynn LNG facility under fire for a recent security breakdown is facing new accusations after local officials drove a minivan to an unlocked barrier and snapped several photographs in the shadow of a massive gas tank. (Sep 12)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This demonstrates FERC's lack of veracity when they tell the public that LNG facilities are operated safely and securely.
The project also includes a 70-mile pipeline from the terminal to Starks, La., where it will be distributed to users in the Northeast and elsewhere. (Sep 16)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Here's one more LNG terminal that will send natural gas to the Northeast, further mooting the already-redundant Downeast LNG & Quoddy Bay LLC projects.
Now the City of Malibu, Malibu Surfside News and CCPN-Coastal Advocates are combining star power with public awareness for a screening of An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary highlighting former Vice President Al Gore’s well-received presentation on the risks associated with global warming. The outdoor screening will be hosted by Malibu resident Pierce Brosnan, who, with wife Keely, contacted Coastal Advocates and requested a briefing on the issue when it was initially brought to the attention of the community two years ago. (Sep 14)
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has filed securities fraud charges against Indigenous Global Development Corp., alleging that it and CEO Deni Leonard raised more than $2 million from investors through "a series of materially false and misleading statements about IDGC's purported natural gas business."
The agency Wednesday said San Francisco-based company "promoted itself as the first public company in the United States majority-owned by Native Americans and continually hyped its progress on strategic initiatives which it claimed would provide a better future for Native American communities."
"IDGC, in fact, was teetering on the brink of extinction," the SEC said, adding that it "never earned any revenue, had no significant assets, and was dependent on funding from investors." The commission said the company is now "essentially defunct." (Sep 14)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Let's count up the recent BP "incidents":
- September 2006 Long Beach oil gas spill;
- March 2006 Prudhoe Bay oil spill;
- August 2006 BP crude oil and gas price fixing charges, with criminal investigation;
- March 2005 Texas City, TX, deadly refinery explosion, including a federal criminal investigation.
Note: See "BP leads nation in refinery fatalities" 22 fatalities since 1995, including three separate fatal accidents at the BP Texas City facility, and seven fatal accidents at BP facilities during the 19952005 decade.
And yet, FERC doesn't think BP's wilfull safety violations, poor infrastructure maintenance, and price fixing should be considered during FERC's BP LNG terminal siting process.
FERC is badly broken, and Congress needs to fix it.
Spot natural gas prices along the US Gulf Coast fell as much as 55 cents Thursday from Wednesday's averages, following an October NYMEX gas futures contract that began tanking after the Energy Information Administration's estimate of gas storage injections came in well above industry expectations. (Sep 15)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Downeast LNG & Quoddy Bay LLC aren't major players, don't have access to LNG supply, and don't have a market, so the gas price plunge does reduce their already-low probability of success.
TOKYO A training program established by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha ('NYK') for seafarers assigned to LNG carriers has been accredited by Det Norske Veritas ('DNV'), one of the world's leading classification societies, to be in accordance with LNG Shipping Suggested Competency Standards (SIGTTO Standards)*. NYK's training program is the first in Japan to receive this certification.
The LNG Shipping Suggested Competency Standards (SIGTTO Standards) were established in November 2005 by the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators Limited (SIGTTO), a nonprofit organization of members representing gas and power companies, LNG carriers, and terminal operators. The SIGTTO Standards are agreed criteria for best practices and acceptable standards to provide safety to the industry and to enhance energy security. (Sep 14)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Japan's LNG industry and Det Norske Veritas adhere to SIGTTO standards. Although SIGTTO has offered assistance to FERC, FERC has been ignoring SIGTTO, to the detriment of United States' energy security, to United States' public safety, and to United States' civilian assets. Congress needs to require that FERC apply SIGTTO standards to the LNG and gas industries.
11 September 2006
Their land was expropriated to build a road to the Irving-Repsol liquified natural gas terminal. (Sep 6)
Yet five years later, even those sworn to protect a nation transformed by terror acknowledge that if someone with Atta's deadly diligence were to target Boston or another major American city today, the chance of success remains high. And that progress in addressing security needs has slowed, as the calamity of 9/11 has faded into memory. "When people focus on things that could be done that have not been done, they will be shocked," said US Representative James R. Langevin , a Rhode Island Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee. "And I think the American people will be angry."
"What you don't want to do is get so hysterical about LNG that you forget about other hazardous materials imported by water into Boston which could include oil, gasoline, chemicals, and other hazardous materials," said Mike Hightower of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. (Sep 10)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Mr. Hightower of Sandia National Laboratories is correct: LNG isn't the only hazardous material to be concerned about; however, in Passmaquoddy Bay, LNG is the largest potential threat.
[Fire Chief Brenton MacAloney said] he participated in a state audit in 2005 which found that the Department of Telecommunications and Energy (DTE) was not enforcing its requirement that LNG tank operators submit evacuation and fire study and prevention plans to the local public safety departments. [Bold emphasis added] (Sep 5)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: FERC and LNG developer assurances to the contrary, here's an example of an LNG facility that hasn't been abiding by the law to keep the public safe.
"Why not put it offshore?" Szepatowski asked. Weaver's Cove Energy CEO Gordon Shearer said the technology is unproven and that while summer and fall hurricanes can affect LNG operations in the Gulf of Mexico, it would be winter nor'easters that would have the biggest negative impact on a platform off New England. [Bold emphasis added.] (Sep 7)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Weaver's Cove Energy CEO Shearer says that offshore LNG terminal technology is "unproven." Shearer must somehow be isolated from the rest of the LNG industry, or he'd know that offshore submerged buoy systems are better technology than an offshore "platform," and have been successfully in use in the North Sea for 20 years. The same technology is in use at the Excelerate Energy 100+ miles offshore LNG terminal that regasified LNG and offloaded the cargo throughout Hurricane Katrina. Excelerate Energy is currently in the permitting process for another submerged buoy LNG import system off Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Weaver's Cove Gordon Shearer proves that truthfulness is not a characteristic that is commonly associated with LNG developers.
There are two LNG facilities under construction in Canada, scheduled to be operational in 2008, which former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Patrick Wood said may provide all of the future additional natural-gas needs for the Northeast. (Sep 3)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: While this letter writer is correct that LNG infrastructure is over-built, his assumption is overstating his case in saying that the LNG projects in Passamaquoddy Bay were approved by the local populations. The majority of the area population is adamantly opposed to the LNG projects in Passamaquoddy Bay, as has been demonstrated multiple times by the numbers of Save Passamaquoddy Bay supporters who have attended the anti-LNG events around the Bay many times the number of people who have voted in favor of the projects.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Excelerate Energy offshore submerged buoy LNG terminal technology voids the requirement for shoreside LNG terminals, eliminating LNG hazards to the public, and voids the requirement for protected harbors. Ship-to-ship transfer of LNG allows standard LNG carriers to efficiently offload cargo, and to return to liquifaction facilities for another load, while the receiving vessel containing regasification facilities converts the received LNG into natural gas, sending it via submerged buoy and undersea pipeline into the natural gas pipeline grid.
Meeting for the first time, members of the state’s LNG task force appointed Dundalk activist and LNG Opposition Team coordinator Sharon Beazley as its co-chair. The group has the task of studying the environmental and safety risks of the proposed $400 million facility and 87-mile gas pipeline, but officials from energy firm AES Corp. said they worry the group is not balanced and has a bias against the project. (Sep 6)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: It's doubtful that FERC's bias in favor of the LNG projects will draw complaint from AES.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) will hold a public hearing in Moss Point on Bayou Casotte Energy, LLC's, application to build an onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal. The meeting will be held September 18 at 6 p.m. at Pelican Landing, located in Moss Point.
Bayou Casotte Energy is proposing to build and operate the LNG terminal and associated facilities south of the existing Chevron U.S.A. Inc. Pascagoula Refinery on Bayou Casotte, just east of Pascagoula. (Sep 5)
Last month, the company asked FERC to set a schedule for when state and federal agencies would approve its siting applications and to throw out the requirement for a Clatsop County land use approval. The FERC response, filed Thursday, was not what the company was hoping for. (Sep 8)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Downeast LNG's and Quoddy Bay LLC's failures to meet FERC's Resource Report Deadline puts them with the same slow crowd as Northern Star's Bradwood LNG.
Northern Star Natural Gas has agreed to share privileged information on its Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas project with the Oregon Department of Energy - but only under a contract that prevents public disclosure.
When six ODOE officials requested confidential documents last November, Northern Star objected, saying that the information could be used to plan an attack on critical infrastructure and could cause irreparable commercial harm to the company if released.
The contested information is contained in the company's Environmental Resource Report 13, which includes details on the engineering and operation of the proposed LNG facility at Bradwood Landing, about 40 miles east of Astoria on the Columbia River. (Sep 7)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Resource Report 13 also contains thermal radiation hazard calculations the distance from terminals and LNG vessels in which people would be burned. Other similar information that is in the public's interest is contained in Resource Report 13.
Calling BHP Billiton's plan to build a liquefied natural gas terminal off the coast of Malibu an "ill-sited and ill-planned proposal," Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to oppose the project in a letter written to the state leader last week. This marks the first time the influential politician, whose district includes Malibu, has taken a firm stance on the Australian company's proposal.
In his letter, Yaroslavsky said the proposal "poses significant public safety impacts," "would severely damage the scenic beauty of the Malibu coast" and threatened the environment. He also challenged BHP Billiton's argument that LNG was a clean alternative fuel.
"This claim fails to hold true when the entire supply chain of LNG is considered in the equation," Yaroslavsky wrote. "...the LNG will have to be shipped several thousand miles, potentially on diesel-powered tankers, which will add greenhouse gasses to the Earth's atmosphere. Then the liquefied gas will have to be heated using a process that will use up a sizable amount of its available energy thereby reducing LNG's overall efficiency and further adding to the greenhouse gasses and other air pollutants produced by the LNG process. Finally, the supply ships, tug boats and other support vessels will also contribute to the air quality impacts of the port." [Bold emphasis added.] (Sep 6)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Yaroslavsky shoots holes through the argument that LNG is a "clean alternative fuel." Even Quoddy Bay LLC's Brian Smith stated that they'd be a major source of "noxious emissions."
Russia's environmental regulator said Tuesday it had filed suit seeking to revoke approval for a $20 billion international oil project led by Royal Dutch Shell on the Pacific island of Sakhalin. (Sep 5)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Sakhalin oil and LNG projects have wasted the indigenous people's environment on that Russian island, reducing the people's ability to fish for a living and for subsistence.
5 September 2006
"We recognize that only through timely intervention can the province's opposition to LNG in Passamaquoddy Bay be effectively heard and that only such timely intervention will qualify the province to appeal to the United States courts to reverse any licence that FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) may grant."
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The Conservatives, and now the Liberals, have stated that they will fight LNG in Passamaquoddy Bay.
A four-year-old North Atlantic right whale found dead in the Bay of Fundy had been hit by a ship, federal fisheries experts say.
The other complicating thing, said Goudey, is that the U.S. Coast Guard is mandated to escort these LNG tankers and, because the U.S. military cannot operate in Canadian waters that becomes a sovereignty issue.
"That could be a show stopper. You cannot be asking the Canadian Coast Guard or navy to do the escorting, so who is going to escort them as they pass through Canadian waters?" [Bold emphasis added.] (Aug 25)
What we do care about, and after talking to our regional politicians I believe they care about, is the total disruption that LNG would bring to this bay. It would disrupt our local ecology, our economy, our ability to finance our infrastructure, our personal safety and above all our sense of sovereignty over our own Canadian waters. And,as I've said before, that's a whole lot of disruption with absolutely no benefit to us whatsoever. So ultimately, we should all care very strongly that we need to work together to create more innovative economic opportunities for ordinary people in our region. (Aug 22)
Just the mere threat of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals on Passamaquoddy Bay may be enough to discourage visitors from coming here, let alone putting off those retirees who would like to migrate here and live on our shores.They, like we, are reading the signs, too many "For Sale" signs on the front lawns and in front of waterfront hotels. The subtle message may be: "If local business seems to want out, why should visitors want to come?" Add to that the news of drug-related civil unrest and the possibility that the new traffic patterns from the upcoming third bridge that may speed traffic past the St. Andrews turnoff, and you might conclude that the local scene is becoming a tad tourism-unfriendly. (Aug 15)
1 September 2006
Even the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operatorsí (SIGTTO, whose membership includes over 90 percent of the world's LNG capacity) world-class LNG-industry standards provide multiple reasons and warnings against siting an LNG terminal under the conditions present in Passamaquoddy Bay. Many of those reasons are unrelated to navigating LNG vessels.
LNG may have its place in North America's energy picture, but no matter on what side of the border they're located terminals need to be well away from people, in compliance with SIGTTO LNG-industry standards, and away from areas critical to fisheries and recreation. LNG facilities in Passamaquoddy Bay would unavoidably violate those requirements, making Passamaquoddy Bay an entirely inappropriate location for LNG terminal siting. (Sep issue)
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: SIGTTO develops world-class gas-industry standards, including shipping, terminal siting, and terminal-operating standards for the LNG industry.
In an effort to stop a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal on Sparrows Point, Maryland officials said yesterday that they will not extend a contract with the operators of a shipyard to allow dredge spoils to be deposited at Hart Miller Island.
The hearing was called without advance notice of the time, was held in a small room just off the Assembly chambers and lasted no more than 12 minutes, with about half the time devoted to the LNG bill.
“The people here are educating the politicians about LNG,” she said. “It should be the other way around. We are the ones who are out there, repeating and repeating the message, spoon-feeding it to the politicians. That's not the way it is supposed to work.”
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: The situation in Oregon turns out to be no different than in Maine.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: This is the third investigation in just over a year of BP "incidents." Two of those investigations are for criminal conduct. This third investigation may well result in a criminal investigation. How eager should people be to have such loose cannons building energy infrastructure next to their homes, schools, and businesses?
The offices of at least six Alaska legislators, including the son of Sen. Ted Stevens, were raided by federal agents searching for possible ties between the lawmakers and a large oil field services company, officials and aides said.
VECO's executives are top contributors to Alaska politicians. The company staunchly supported the governor's production tax plan, a version of which the Legislature passed in August after twice rejecting it earlier this year. Lawmakers have also twice failed to pass legislation related to the governor's pipeline fiscal contract with BP PLC, ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil Corp.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: There's that pesky "BP," again FERC's LNG darling. FERC doesn't care if LNG developers are sleazy or criminally insane*, so long as they "follow FERC's siting procedures" during the permitting process. (FERC representatives have publicly stated that they'd even grant an LNG terminal permit to the likes of Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, or Charles Manson.)
Russia's Ministry of Natural Resources said in a release on Thursday that Sakhalin Energy had pumped more coolant water from its offshore production platform back into the sea than allowed under its operating licenses, hadn't turned over information to the Russian authorities by deadline and had registered higher-than-acceptable levels of pollution in the surrounding waters.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: Sakhalin is another example of Indigenous Peoples exploitation by energy companies.
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