If you’re a Houston fossil fuel company and you can’t get FERC approval fast enough, try FE, or MARAD!
If that doesn’t work, ship it by land through Canada or Mexico!
Local property rights, they laugh at those! Rio Grande, Suwannee River, or Hudson River: just minor obstacles to greed!
If the people are tired of profit being more important than their land, water, air, or safety, it’s time to stop this fossil fuel shell game.
MARAD Continue reading The LNG export shell game: FERC, FE, MARAD, or NEB? →
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 →
How big is the LNG export gold rush?
Here are maps of dozens of approved, proposed, and potential LNG export terminals,
one of them even including Carib’s FE-authorized Martin County LNG export facility that FERC never seems to remember and Sabal Trail never talks about.
Update 2015-02-23: Now with the rest of the maps.
In addition to the
approved LNG import and export terminals,
there are more on this
FERC map of Proposed North American LNG Export Terminals,
including ones in Lake Charles (2 and 7), Sabine Pass (6), Plaquemines Parish (8 and 11), and Cameron Parish (13) Louisiana,
Lavaca Bay (4) and Sabine Pass (9), Texas,
Elba Island (5), Georgia, and Jacksonvile (14), Florida,
as well as Coos Bay (1) and Astoria (3), Oregon,
plus two in Kitimat (15 and 17) and one on Douglas Island (16), British Columbia.
One of those proposed BC LNG export terminals is where
Spectra Energy proposes to build not one but two pipelines.
And even that ain’t all. Continue reading LNG export approved and proposed →
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? →
Don’t believe FERC is funded by the industries it regulates?
Well, let’s look beyond FERC’s own About web page to its actual funding request to Congress.
Maybe that will motivate you to
ecomment to FERC right now,
and to contact your local, state, and national elected and appointed
Acting Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur, FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION,
FY 2015 Congressional Performance Budget Request,
Full Cost Recovery
The Commission recovers the full cost of its operations through
annual charges and filing fees assessed on the industries it
regulates as authorized by the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986. The Commission deposits
this revenue into the Treasury as a direct offset to its
appropriation, resulting in no net appropriation.
Clear enough that FERC is 100% funded by the industries it regulates?
That may seem like a win for the taxpayers.
But is it a win for you the local landowners Continue reading FERC recovers cost of operations through charges and fees from the industries it regulates –FERC FY14 Budget →
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 →
Pipeline objections from landowners, taxpayers, local and state government
agencies, environmental groups, and historical societies caused mighty
Spectra to “suspend” its unnamed $4 billion methane pipeline from Pennsylvania
fracking grounds through Virginia to Duke Energy plants near
the sea in North Carolina.
Similar opposition can make Spectra and Williams and FPL and Duke
think again about their proposed $3 billion Transco -> Sabal Trail -> FSC
hundred-foot gouge through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida
three already-authorized LNG export operations in Florida.
This was apparently the first report, by John Bruce,
for The Recorder
of Monterey, Highland County, Virginia, 7 August 2014,
Spectra suspends pipeline proposal, Continue reading Spectra suspends mid-Atlantic pipeline to the sea →
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 →