If you had any doubt the fossil fuel industry wants to export fracked methane
to China, India, Korea, Japan, etc., from everywhere it can, read this article about
Cheniere Energy’s plans to export from Sabine Pass, Corpus Christi, and Freeport, Texas,
from Cameron Parish and Hackberry, Louisiana, and from Cove Point, Maryland.
“Train” as used here just means a method of shipment, apparently by pipeline.
Housley Carr, RBN Energy, 17 June 2015,
Begin The Sabine—Delivering Gas To The Lower 48’s First LNG
Export Terminal, Continue reading LNG trains to U.S. Gulf and East Coasts
FERC doesn’t follow
its own rules requiring public benefits for pipelines,
so it’s not surprising it doesn’t follow
its own rules on public meetings.
This time FERC is well into lawsuit territory.
Anne Meador and John Zangas, DC Media Group, 14 May 2015,
Dozens Denied Access to FERC Public Meeting,
Federal Protective Services took extraordinary measures to prevent
disruption of the Commission meeting by planned protests, barring
access to about 30 members of the public. FPS also banned the use of
recording devices, brushing aside FERC’s own rule expressly
permitting it. Two people were escorted out of the meeting room,
five detained and three arrested.
That’s arrested for exercising their First Amendment
“right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”, not to mention Continue reading FERC blocks people from attending and recording open meeting
Our old friend Port Dolphin is back asking LNG import competing with or displacing Sabal Trail’s
fracked methane pipeline, this time possibly shipping gas across the Gulf of Mexico from U.S. LNG export facilities.
Back in 2009 Port Dolphin got
FERC approval for LNG import,
but then there was a big recession, and the “shale gas revolution” (fracking)
happened, resulting in most LNG import facilities filing for LNG export
But Port Dolphin wants to continue with imports, as
Joe Fisher wrote for Natural Gas Intelligence, 20 October 2014,
Would-Be Florida LNG Importer Sees Promise in Cross-Gulf Trade,
Florida does not have indigenous gas supply and historically has
been served by two interstate natural gas pipeline with a third one
planned, Sabal Trail (see Daily GPI, Oct. 24, 2013). Recently
announced is a related north-to-south intrastate pipeline project
(Florida Southeast Connection) (see Daily GPI, Oct. 10).
turn its LNG import project around to export liquefied
U.S. gas — as other would-be import terminal
developers/operators have done — Port Dolphin, which is a unit
of Norway’s Hoegh LNG AS, still wants to make a go of importing LNG.
It told FERC the project could even regasify domestically sourced
LNG from the Gulf of Mexico, for instance.
Translation: Continue reading Port Dolphin LNG import to Florida from Louisiana and Texas?
FERC can’t even say how many pipelines have been approved,
rejected, or went forward even if approved; no wonder
they’re being scrutinized.
Hannah Northey, E&E, 3 November 2014,
FERC faces heightened scrutiny as gas projects proliferate,
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission these days is drawing a
crowd of companies promoting projects linked to the U.S. natural gas
boom and protesters who say the agency blithely greenlights too many
pipelines, export terminals and other gas infrastructure.
Foes of a FERC-approved export terminal at Cove Point, Md., recently
rallied Continue reading FERC nervous about being watched
New pipelines are to push fracked methane to export for profit, as fossil fuel industry analysts spell out, specifically describing a path from fracking through Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise and Transco pipelines and Spectra and NextEra’s Sabal Trail pipeline, and then naming Cove Point LNG export.
Chris Pedersen wrote for OilPrice.com 5 October 2014,
Utica Boosts U.S. Natural Gas Production To Record Levels,
To find a market for both Marcellus and Utica gas production,
existing pipelines are finding
creative ways to move growing sources
of gas, while new pipelines are proposed to take larger quantities
of gas from large interstate pipelines such as the TRANSCO line.
Williams’ new “Atlantic Sunrise” pipeline will connect
Marcellus and Utica gas from its TRANSCO line. Sabal Trail LLC, a JV
of Spectra and NextEra Energy have proposed to build the
“Sabal Trail” pipeline, which would connect with
TRANSCO. With the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s recent
approval of the Cove Point LNG plant, it is not farfetched to
imagine India or Japan producing electricity from Utica gas by the
end of the decade.
Sure, that paragraph doesn’t say Continue reading Fracked gas through Sabal Trail to Japan
This is what we’re going to get in
Dougherty County, Georgia,
and Lowndes County, and
Suwannee County, Florida, and all the
other counties along whichever route FERC picks for the Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline to
three already-authorized LNG export operations in Florida,
unless somebody actually does something more than just talk.
What talk gets you is being counted as one of n speakers at m meetings,
and then this:
The Commission found that the proposal, as mitigated with 79
conditions found in Appendix B of today’s order, is in the public
That’s right, FERC found Continue reading FERC authorized Cove Point LNG export in Maryland
The U.S. DoE official in charge of natural gas testified to FERC’s
oversight committee that fracking provides “unprecedented opportunities”
for profit through LNG export.
She, like FERC, says the opportunities are “for the United States”,
and they’re both wrong. Pipelines to LNG export
that would raise domestic natural gas prices and take
local land and pollute local air and water is not for the U.S.:
they’re for profit by a few fossil fuel companies and Continue reading New pipelines are for fracking and LNG export –FE official to Congress
225 years after the French Revolution began with the storming of the Bastille
on 14 July 1789, an activist dressed as the Statue of Liberty,
a French gift to the United States, was one of 24 arrested
in front of FERC, protesting fracking, pipelines, and LNG export.
Brandon Baker wrote for EcoWatch 14 July 2014,
24 Anti-Fracking Activists Arrested in Washington at First-Ever FERC Sit-In Protest,
Twenty-four anti-fracking activists were arrested Monday morning in Washington D.C. in protest of proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals in the U.S., according to environmental groups tweeting from the scene.
The protest centered on Cove Point, an export terminal that Continue reading Arrests at anti-fracking FERC sit-in protest
Opposition to fracking, pipelines, and LNG export is nationwide and growing.
One week ago, activists from Maryland, DC, and Virginia
marched on Washington to demand an end to plans for
exporting fracked methane from Maryland.
Mike Tidwell wrote for Chesapeake Climate Action Network (ccan) 15 July 2014,
ALL ABOUT UNITY: THANK YOU AND ONWARD FROM THE STOP GAS EXPORTS RALLY,
Wow. On Sunday, the heat scorching the streets of DC was palpable. But, even more so, was the passion and power of our movement. THANKS to everyone who turned out to say NO to fracking, NO to gas exports at Cove Point, NO to runaway climate change, and YES to real clean energy solutions.
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We know the gas industry is all about division — blasting apart the rock beneath our earth, running pipelines through our towns, and further disrupting our fragile climate — now to ship the gas overseas for higher profit. Continue reading March on FERC against Cove Point LNG exports 2014-07-13
may yet be held accountable by the citizens,
and by other government agencies and courts that are
by the industries they regulate like FERC.
Sane Energy Project posted 4 May 2014,
Reportback: The Minisink Hearing, or, FERC Gets a Clue,
A court officer was asked if similar hearings were always as
crowded. “Never,” he said.
This is a trend that’s building. Before Spectra, the average number
of interveners on any project was about 19. Now, it’s typical for
there to be 300-500 interveners, and for thousands of comments to be
filed. Lately, activists are getting under FERC’s skin even more,
showing up repeatedly at hearings, Commission meetings, and soon, a
rally in front of their offices.
Ted Glick, coordinator for
Cheseapeake Climate Action Network, one
of the main groups fighting the Cove Point LNG export terminal in
said, Continue reading FERC hearing packed by activists