LNG export to Canada or Mexico with almost no permitting
and no environmental review of anything but the part that
crosses the border. That’s H.R. 3301, just passed by the
U.S. House of Representatves, but not yet taken up by
the Senate, and already the presdent’s administration “strongly opposes” it;
so strongly his advisors recommend vetoing it.
Apparently H.R. 6 for blanket export to all WTO countries isn’t
likely to pass, so fracked methane pushers are trying a similar
approach for fewer countries.
Get it across the nearest borders, and then export to other countries?
Previously listening Sanford Bishop (GA-02 Albany) voted for both bills
in the full House.
H.R. 3301 – North American Energy Infrastructure Act
113th Congress (2013-2014)
North American Energy Infrastructure Act—(Sec. 3) Prohibits
any person from constructing, connecting, operating, or maintaining
a cross-border segment of an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric
transmission facility at the national boundary of the United States
for the import or export of oil, natural gas, or electricity to or
from Canada or Mexico without obtaining a certificate of crossing
under this Act.
Requires the Secretary of State, Continue reading Another speed-permit LNG export bill: H.R. 3301
FWW has been on the case against H.R. 6 that would authorize
LNG exports to all WTO member countries since that bill passed the subcommittee
in early April,
it passed the main committee April 30th.
Food & Water Watch press release 9 April 2014,
House Subcommittee’s Approval of LNG Exports Means More Money for Big Oil and Gas, More Fracking In U.S. Communities:
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director, Wenonah Hauter,
Washington, D.C. — “On Wednesday, the U.S. House’s
Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power
voted in favor of a bill to export liquefied natural gas (LNG)
abroad under the guise of aiding Ukraine. But this bill, H.R.6,
would only serve to increase profits for the oil and gas industry,
greatly accelerating fracking here at home, endangering American
communities, public health and the climate. We strongly recommend
that both houses of Congress reject any and all plans to export LNG
“Selling LNG abroad will drive up the industry’s profit
margins, ultimately increasing gas prices here in the U.S.. Ramping
up fracking in the U.S., Continue reading Food and Water Watch against LNG exports
If you guessed the taxpayers, as I did, nope.
FERC’s own About FERC web page:
The Commission is funded through costs recovered by the fees and
annual charges from the industries it regulates.
To make it even richer, the sentence before that reads:
There is no review of FERC decisions by the President or Congress,
maintaining FERC’s independence as a regulatory agency, and
providing for fair and unbiased decisions.
But FERC’s web page says nothing about FERC’s independence from
the industries it regulates.
definition of regulatory capture:
Regulatory capture happens when a regulatory agency, formed to act
in the public’s interest, eventually acts in ways that benefit the
industry it is supposed to be regulating, rather than the public.
Maybe that’s why Continue reading Who funds FERC?