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.
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.
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)
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
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)
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 )
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
* 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 8/28/2012, 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 8/15/2012, 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 8/14/2012, 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 8/6/2012, 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