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FERC Extends Jordan Cove Scoping Comment Period and Other LNG News

Photo by Gene LaRochelle

On August 28, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced it will be extending the scoping comment period for the Jordan Cove / Pacific Connector project until October 29th, 2012.
 
Link to FERC’s notice of extension here:
http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120828-3005  
 
This extension came about due to errors in the way the first Federal Register Notice had been issued.  Letters requesting that FERC extend the scoping comment period were also sent to FERC by Senator Wyden and Representative Defazio, along with a variety of citizens. ( See links to comments placed into the FERC record below. )
 
FERC staff will also conduct two additional public scoping meetings, with dates and times to be announced at a later date.
 
Attendance was down at FERC’s scoping meetings across the State.  Citizens do need to realize that comments and concerns raised to FERC during scoping are important and do matter.  FERC’s previous Order authorizing the Jordan Cove LNG Import terminal had 128 conditions of approval that would have needed to have been met before the FERC Order would have been valid.  Those conditions, many rather impossible for Jordan Cove to meet, came about as a direct result of comments and issues raised by citizens that were in the FERC record. 
 
It is important that proper commenting guidelines are followed so that citizens comments to the FERC actually go into the record and count. 
 
For an easy to use guideline for sending comments to FERC see: http://citizensagainstlng.com/wp/2012/08/16/commenting-to-ferc-made-easy-and-other-jordan-cove-lng-export-news/ 
 

Citizens rally before FERC scoping meeting in Coos Bay, OR – Aug 27, 2012, Photo by Gene LaRochelle

 

FERC Scoping Rally in CB, OR – Photo by Curt Clay

Monday’s scoping meeting in the North Bend /Coos Bay area had roughly 75 people in attendance.  Presentations were give by Paul Friedman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and by Holly Orr of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  Public comment was taken and around 30 people commented.  The first ten or so comments came from labor union workers and management who had come from out of the area to testify.  Once they were done local citizens finally had their chance to comment.  There were lots of  good issues raised to the FERC on what they need to address in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) they are preparing for the proposed Jordan Cove /Pacific Connector LNG Export project. 

Holly Stamper addresses FERC, BLM and the Forest Service at Aug 27, 2012, scoping meeting in Coos Bay. Photo by Jessie Higgins, The World. Link to World news story with more photos below

Holly Stamper, one of the first local citizens to be able to comment, started off by asking FERC if she could submit the previous Jordan Cove LNG Import EIS into the record since it pretty much contradicted their need for Exporting LNG.  Concerns about negative economic issues, tsunami and earthquake hazards, airport hazards, NEPA violations and flaws with the previous EIS, water and well aquifer impacts and issues, pipeline suggested reroutes, emergency response and safety issues, energy independence issues, renewable energy alternatives, salmon habitat and oyster impacts, along with a variety of other issues were raised in oral comments to the FERC, BLM and the U.S. Forest Service.
 
The most unbelieveable comment of the night came when one commentor accused local citizens who had just commented of being out of town environmentalist.  He went on to say how he would be willing to sacrifice an endangered species (have a bird go extinct) in order to create a job and revenue for the community.  His comments brought a few outburst from audience attendees.

FERC Scoping Douglas County – Aug 28, 2012

 
The Tuesday night scoping meeting in Douglas County had around 40 people in attendance with 16 or so of those people publicly commenting. 
 
Just 30 or so people attended the FERC scoping meeting at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls on Wednesday night, and 13 of those people commented — many expressing concerns over the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline’s impact on private lands.   
 
Citizens in Coos, Douglas, Klamath, and Jackson Counties all did outstanding  jobs commenting  and raising a variety of scoping issues and concerns to the FERC. BLM and the U.S. Forest Service.
  
 
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IN THE NEWS
 
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The World – Coos Bay – Front Page Article
LNG redux draws few to FERC meeting
Here we go again
August 28, 2012  •  By Jessie Higgins
 
COOS BAY — When the subject was a liquefied natural gas import facility, more than 500 people packed into the Hales Performing Arts Center to tell federal officials what they thought.
 
Six years later, Jordan Cove received a permit to import gas, then changed its business model to export gas, lost the import permit, and announced it would apply for a new one.
 
But this time, the Hales Center on the Southwestern Community College campus was not full…
 
….Monday night, fewer than 100 people showed up for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s first scoping meeting, where it asked for community comment on Jordan Cove’s proposed LNG export project and connecting pipeline….
(Read entire article, view photo’s at link above)
 
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KCBY NEWS
Export terminal and pipeline project open for public comments
By Ricky Maranon, Published: Aug 30, 2012 at 8:47 AM PDT / Last Updated: Aug 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM PDT
 
 
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Coos Media Center
View Entire Video of FERC Coos Bay Scoping meeting here:
 
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Herald and News – Klamath Falls – Front Page Article
Locals denounce $1.6B pipeline
Union argues it will create 1,800 construction jobs
Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 
By ALEX POWERS H&N Staff Reporter
 
Area landowners lambasted a proposal to build a $1.6-billion natural gas pipeline while union members, hungry for jobs, spoke of its economic benefits at public meeting Wednesday night.
 
Just 30 or so people attended the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission scoping meeting at Oregon Institute of Technology, and 13 commented — many expressing concerns over the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline’s impact on private lands….
(Read entire article at link above)
 
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KOTI/KOBI news – Klamath Falls
Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline
Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, August 29 2012
A proposed natural gas pipeline that would stretch from Coos Bay to Malin is being scrutinized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission….
(Read entire article, watch news reel at link above)
 
 
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MGX
http://mgx.com/blogs/2012/08/22/jordan-cove-proposes-380mw-ng-power-plant-on-the-north-spit/comment-page-1/#comment-23981
Jordan Cove proposes 380MW NG power plant on the North Spit
( Read entire blog post, link to notice at link above )
 
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The World
http://theworldlink.com/news/local/jordan-cove-moves-for-permit-to-build-power-plant/article_3e2788da-ed5c-11e1-96b8-001a4bcf887a.html
Jordan Cove moves for permit to build power plant
August 23, 2012 12:51 pm (2) Comments
 
Jordan Cove Energy Partners announced its intention to apply for a permit to build a thermal combustion gas plant on the North Spit…
 
The Energy Department will hold a public meeting on the notice of intent Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Bend Public Library. Public comments will be accepted until Sept. 21.
 
The permit is scheduled to be filed in December….
( Read entire article at link above )
 
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AN OVERVIEW OF WHO HAS COMMENTED ON-LINE TO FERC DURING SCOPING
* See FERC’s on-line library at  www.ferc.gov  (Dockets PF12-7 and PF12-17) for a complete listing
 
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* A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who followed FERC’s Commenting Guidelines. These comments are now in the record:
 
On 8/30/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comment of USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service under PF12-7, et. al..Concerning existing Wetland Reserve Program conservation easement with Warranty Easement Deed that grants rights for surface use to the United States of America.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120830-5113
 
On 8/30/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comment of Mark Bickett in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF12-17-000
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120830-5078
 
On 8/30/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comment of Josh Allison under PF12-7, et. al..
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120830-5012
 
On 8/28/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comments of several individuals re the Liquid Natural Gas Terminal under PF06-25 et al.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120829-0001
 
On 8/28/2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C., issued this document:
Description: Formal FERC Notice of extension of comment period and additional public scoping meetings for the Jordan Cove Liquefaction and Pacific Connector Pipeline Projects under PF-7 et al.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120828-3005
 
On 8/27/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comments of Klamath County, Oregon re the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Project under PF12-17.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120827-0021
 
On 8/27/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: The National Park Service provides comments re the Jordan Cove Liquefaction and Pacific Connector Pipeline Projects under PF12-7 et al.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120827-0035
 
On 8/27/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comments from Dana P Stone under PF12-17.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120827-5023
 
On 8/27/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comment of Fred Fleetwood in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF12-17-000, PF12-7-000
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120827-5013
 
On 8/21/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comments of 5 individuals re the LNG Pipelines under PF12-7 et al.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120822-0019
 
On 8/21/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comments of Jere C. Rosemeyer re the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal under PF12-7.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120821-0018
 
On 8/21/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comment of Herbert Yussim in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF12-7-000, PF12-17-000
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120821-5079
 
On 8/21/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comment of Rogue Riverkeeper under PF12-7, et. al..
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120821-5072
 
On 8/20/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Sandra & Richard Kremer submits comments re the proposed Pacific Connector Pipeline Project under PF12-17.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120820-0017
 
On 8/20/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comments of Jan Dilley re the Jordan Cove Project under PF12-7.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120820-0003
 
On 8/15/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Filer: UNITED STATES SENATE
Filing Type: Congressional Submittal
Description: United States Senator Ron Wyden request that the Commission provide a longer period of 60 days for submitting Scoping Comments re the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and associated Pacific Connector Pipeline under PF12-7 et al.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120817-0001
 
On 8/16/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Filer: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, UNITED STATES
Filing Type: Congressional Submittal
Description: United States House of Representative Peter DeFazio request that the FERC extend the Scoping Period on the Jordon Cove/Pacific Connector Pipeline Project until October 4, 2012 etc under PF12-7 et al.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120816-0006
 
On 8/13/2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C., issued this document:
Filing Type: Internal Transmittal Memo
Description: Memo dated 8/13/12 from Office of Energy Projects re the Jordon Cove Liquefaction project et al under PF12-7 et al.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120815-0012
 
On 8/14/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comments of Richard Knablin re Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline LP and Jordan Cove Energy Project, LP’s Environmental Impact Statement for the Jordan Cover LNG Terminals under PF12-7 et al.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120815-0005
 
On 8/15/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comments of Marcella Laudani re the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove Energy Projects under PF12-17.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120815-5002
 
On 8/14/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comment of David Edwards in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF12-7-000, PF12-17-000
Submission Date: 8/14/2012
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120814-5116
 
On 8/14/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comment of Bob Ferris in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF12-17-000
Submission Date: 8/14/2012
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120814-5113
 
On 8/14/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comment of Park in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF12-17-000
Submission Date: 8/14/2012
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120814-5058
 
On 8/14/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comments of LeeAnn Thompson in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF12-17. Submission Date: 8/14/2012.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120814-5040
 
On 8/3/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comments of Mary Cody et al re the Jordan Cove Export Project under PF12-7
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120806-0001
Description: Comments of Mary Cody and Andrew Kubik re proposal to build a 235-mile natural gas pipeline and coastal terminal to EXPORT domestic natural gas under PF12-7.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120806-0001
 
On 8/6/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comment of Courtney Johnson in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF12-7-000, PF12-17-000
Submission Date: 8/6/2012
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120806-5043
 
On 8/6/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comment of JC Williams in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF12-7-000
Submission Date: 8/3/2012
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120806-5000
 
On 8/6/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Motion to Intervene and Preliminary Comments of NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service under Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P., and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, L.P.’s, Development of a New EIS (PF12-7, et al.)
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120806-5079
 
On 8/6/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: LANDOWNERS UNITED NOTICE OF INTERVENTION AND PROTEST under PF12-7.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120806-5008
 
On 8/3/2012, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Description: Comment of Francis Eatherington in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF12-17-000, PF12-7-000
Submission Date: 8/2/2012
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120803-5003
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3 Responses to FERC Extends Jordan Cove Scoping Comment Period and Other LNG News

  1. Haalaa

    November 10, 2015 at 2:12 am

    We do not oppose natural gas going to Puerto Libertad; we oppose a pipeline that does not use existing utility corridors and artificially picks Sasabe as the border crossing point. There is already a paved road here in the Altar Valley (Hwy 286) that people can drive on to reach the coastal highway. Having a pipeline in the valley, particularly in the western route that EPNG has proposed, will increase the need for erosion control structures and will curtail prescribed fire restoration that is set to take place in the area. The pipeline, according to EPNG, is not intended to be a road. However, the proposed Sasabe Lateral pipeline would be a north-south running scar out in this country where revegetation occurs slowly, if at all. Our experience has been that any north-south landmarks invite use by the heavy illegal immigration traffic that this valley experiences, which further reduces the land’s ability to revegetate, especially if the pipeline is located off of the highway, where Border Patrol will then be forced to use it as a road in order to follow migrants walking on the road. While we respect Mexico’s interest in cleaner energy, we believe that there are areas that are already used as utility corridors that would be a more suitable place for the pipeline, rather than disrupting this unfragmented watershed.

  2. Lyle Funderburk

    March 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I heard the subject of Jordan Cove has been revived. May you succeed in keeping it defeated.

    • Admin

      March 29, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Jordan Cove and their proponents would like everyone to believe that but people need to understand that Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector are so bad that even FERC felt they had no choice but to deny them. FERC did not make this decision lightly and I don’t know of a FERC denial that has ever been overturned.

      Red flags should be going up all over the place on this one. After 12 years of trying and no contracts in sight, what business in their right mind would go and sign something with Jordan Cove, even a preliminary agreement, AFTER the project had been officially declared dead by a key permitting agency?

      Something smells and it is not the leftover fish bones at the local cannery.

      Even if Jordan Cove was to somehow overcome these rather significant market and landowner issues, they would also have to overcome significant environmental, safety and tribal issues that they have not yet met the requirements of. Overcoming FERC’s 114 conditions of approval found in the Final EIS would not be an easy feat and then there is the legal challenge on FERC’s non-compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

      Depending on what other local, state and federal agencies do, there could and likely would be additional significant problems and issues that come to the surface with the proposed project.

      So even though the fight may not be officially over that doesn’t mean Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector are, or have ever been, a viable project. Their chances are slim to none at this point.