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FERC Issues Formal Notice of Jordan Cove Energy Project’s Application Filing

 
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Photo Courtesy of FERC

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JORDAN COVE LNG EXPORT PROJECT UPDATE
 
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FERC has issued their Formal Notice of Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P.’s 5/21/13 filing of an application seeking authorization to site, construct and operate a natural gas liquefaction and liquefied natural gas export facility, etc. under CP13-483 et al.
 
Citizens have until June 20th 2013 – 5:00 p.m. EST (2:00 p.m. PST) to file comments and motions to intervene. You can link to FERC’s Notice here:
 
The Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline has not filed their Official Application to FERC as of yet, although it is expected to be filed in the next few weeks.
 
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You can REVIEW JORDAN COVE’S May 2013 APPLICATION FILING WITH FERC by going to the FERC Library at www.ferc.gov  or link to the Public portions of the filing below  – (The FERC Docket number for Jordan Cove’s Application is CP13-483-000)
 
* Jordan Cove Energy Project, LP’s CD containing their application to site construct and operate a natural gas liquefaction and liquefied natural gas etc under CP13-483. Part 1 of 2. CD 1 of 3.
 
* Jordan Cove Energy Project, LP’s CD containing their application to site construct and operate a natural gas liquefaction and liquefied natural gas etc under CP13-483. Part 2 of 2. CD 1 of 3.
 
* Jordan Cove Energy Project, LP submits application to site construct and operate a natural gas liquefaction and liquefied natural gas etc under CP13-483.
 
* Notification regarding Air Quality Modeling Files DVD of Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. under CP13-483.
 
* Comment Matrices of Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. under CP13-483
 
* Comment Matrices of Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. under CP13-483
 
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) UPDATE
 
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On May 21, 2013, the Jordan Cove Energy Project filed a letter and exhibits with the U.S. DOE for the FE Docket No 12-32-LNG proceeding.
* Link to Jordan Cove’s letter here:
 
On May 30, 2013, the U.S. DOE informed Jordan Cove that their letter and exhibits were unnecessary and that they were submitted beyond the time for filing established in the DOE proceeding for their application.  The letter and exhibits will “not” be made part of the hearing record for the DOE FE Docket No 12-32-LNG proceeding.
* Link to the U.S. DOE letter here: 
 
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ABC News
Moniz: LNG exports on hold until data reviewed
By Matthew Daly – Associated Press- 5/21/2013
 
WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Tuesday he will delay final decisions on about 20 applications to export liquefied natural gas until he reviews studies by the Energy Department and others on what impact the exports would have on domestic natural gas supplies and prices…
 
(Read entire article at link above)
 
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JORDAN COVE SOUTH DUNES POWER PLANT UPDATE
 
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* On Friday, May 3, 2013, Citizens Against LNG filed an appeal of the Jordan Cove Coos County South Dunes Power Plant and Gas Liquefaction facility Site Plan Approval. In addition, several other concerned citizens also filed a separate appeal on this same permit approval the day before.
 
* A hearing to determine if Appellants have standing to appeal this decision is scheduled to be held at the Owen Building Conference Room, 201 N. Adams, Coquille, Oregon, on June 13, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.
 
View Application here:
 
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PACIFIC CONNECTOR GAS PIPELINE UPDATE
 
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* The Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline is currently trying to weasel out of a bunch of Conditions of Approval that they agreed to on their Coos County Land Use Permit decision that was finalized a year ago. A Planning Decision on an “Interpretation Request” made by the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline was finalized by the Coos County Planning Director on May 1, 2013.
 
* On Thursday, May 16, 2013, Citizens Against LNG, Jody McCaffree and John Clarke filed an appeal of the Coos County Planning “Interpretation Request” Decision.  Oregon Shores also filed an appeal of this decision.  A Hearing Date has yet to be set on this.
 
View Application here:
View Planning Decision here:
 
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IN THE NEWS
 
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MGX BLOG
 
* Jordan Cove files FERC Export permit the same day as DOE says it will delay decisions:
 
* Coos County Democrats Table Pro Jordan Cove LNG Resolution after both sides are presented. Read all about it here:
( Several local environmentalist come out in support of the project )
http://mgx.com/blogs/2013/05/22/democrats-table-pro-jordan-cove-lng-resolution/
 
* There is a major psyops campaign underway to gather support for LNG – Learn all about it here:
 
Rally in Coos Bay April 10, 2013 - 192* Citizens Rally outside the BS Oregon meeting that was held at the Coos Bay Visitor Center on Wednesday, April 10th 2013
You can read all about the unbelievable things that happened here:
 
* Also read more follow-up articles below:
 
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OREGON CATALYST
 
The Fire Next Time: Coos Bay’s LNG plan
By Wim de Vriend, Thursday, May 30. 2013
 
The recent glad tidings of “significant regulatory progress” for Jordan Cove’s proposed LNG export terminal in Coos Bay need to be taken with a sizable grain of salt. All that Jordan Cove’s “major milestone” amounted to was its filing of a formal application for approval with FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has authority over the siting of LNG terminals….
 
(Read entire article by local author at link above)
 
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NPR RADIO
 
Natural Gas Export Plan Unites Oregon Landowners Against It
By Jeff Brady /May 29, 2013
 
…Opposition to the pipeline has created some unusual alliances. Rancher Bill Gow says on most other issues, he’d be on the opposite side of the Oregon Women’s Land Trust. But he is also opposed to this project.
 
“They’re going to put a big scar right through the middle of my ranch,” Gow says. “It bothers the hell out of me, and I don’t want it there.”
 
But Gow may not have a choice. Eminent domain likely will come into play, and a court could force reluctant landowners to allow the pipeline across their property, though that’s not the company’s preferred option.
 
“We’d much rather come to an equitable agreement with the landowners,” says Michael Hinrichs, director of public affairs for the Jordan Cove Energy Project and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline….
 
….Still, Gow says he will continue to oppose the pipeline and the projects.
 
This is to export this gas to another country,” he says. “We’re taking a resource that is valuable to our economy — we could create jobs in this country with — and we’re shipping it overseas.”…  (Emphasis added)
 
(Read entire article – link to news broadcast at link above)
NOTE: Francis Eatherington and several other citizens were also interviewed in this piece.
 
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THE WORLD – Coos Bay
 
Two Front page World articles that ran on the same day take a few jabs at Jordan Cove. Even one by Jordan Cove’s own representative, who makes an almost unbelievable statement about fracking. As if Jordan Cove won’t be selling hydro-fracked gas….?
 
Jordan Cove takes another step forward    [?]
By Emily Thornton – May 23, 2013
 
COOS BAY — The Jordan Cove Energy Project is one step closer to construction of a liquefied natural gas export terminal on the North Spit.
 
The project filed its formal application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday, which will allow the beginning of independent review of the project’s construction, impact, mitigation and benefits….
 
….In the Coos Bay area, opponents of the Jordon Cove terminal warn of the plant’s potential for environmental and safety consequences.
 
“It’s gonna be a job for our community to review this EIS to make sure it meets all the aspects of the law,” said Ron Sadler of North Bend, a retired Bureau of Land Management official.
 
Sadler called the EIS a “very critical step in the process.”
 
Fellow North Bend resident Jody McCaffree, spokeswoman for Citizens Against LNG, said safety continues to be a major concern for the local area.
 
“People need to understand if there’s an accident with one of those tankers there could be a huge fire,” she said.
 
More than 10 public agencies will evaluate the project before final approval. The public also may voice concerns via internet, by mail or at future hearings.
 
The environmental impact to local communities would be minimal, Hinrichs said, since the terminal will not conduct hydro-fracking, a controversial process used to extract natural gas from the ground.
 
“It is a facility and pipeline only,” he said. “It will be constantly evaluated during the FERC process.” …
 
(Read entire article at link above)
 
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The article below also ran on the front page…. Next to the article above.
 
Wind company expresses optimism
By Thomas Moriarty – May 23, 2013
 
CHARLESTON — A wind energy developer says it has a good chance of building an offshore wind farm relatively hiccup-free.
 
Seattle-based Principle Power plans a 30-megawatt flotilla of wind turbines 18 miles off Coos Bay. It held two meetings in Charleston and North Bend Wednesday to present information and answer questions about the project….
 
….Despite the low likelihood of harming wildlife, Copping said the project team will consult with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration throughout.
 
Although the discussion was largely one-sided, one attendee criticized the company’s association with Jordan Cove Energy Partners. The wind project hopes to rely on port facilities developed in conjunction with Jordan Cove’s proposed liquefied natural gas terminal. That rankled longtime anti-LNG activist Jody McCaffree.
 
“They’ve been a great partner,” Banister said in Jordan Cove’s defense.
 
In the end, they may not be,” McCaffree replied. …
 
(Read entire article at link above)
 
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ECOWATCH
 
Fracked Gas: A Bridge Fuel to Nowhere
David Suzuki – May 30, 2013
 
British Columbia (B.C.) appears to be pinning its economic hopes on natural gas—much of it obtained by fracking. While the world should be turning from fossil fuels to cleaner energy and conservation, we’re poised to dig ourselves deeper into the climate-altering carbon hole.
 
Taking a cue from the liquidation-sale policies of the Alberta and federal governments, B.C.’s leaders want to get fossil fuels out of the ground, piped to the coast, liquefied and shipped to Asia—or wherever they can find buyers—as quickly as possible. It’s a short-sighted plan based on outmoded thinking. In the long run, it’s not good for the economy or the environment….
 
(Read entire article at link above)
 
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SUTHERLAND LNG LAW BLOG
 
National Park Service Voices Concerns with Elba Island LNG Export Project
Posted: May 29, 2013
 
Environmental Groups Appeal Jordan Cove LNG Terminal Dredging Permit
Posted: May 29, 2013
 
Cheniere Gives Go Ahead for Construction of Sabine Pass LNG Trains 3 and 4
Posted: May 29, 2013
 
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 *Older but relevant article below
 
The New York Times
 
Drilling Down
Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush
By IAN URBINA, Published: June 25, 2011
 
Natural gas companies have been placing enormous bets on the wells they are drilling, saying they will deliver big profits and provide a vast new source of energy for the United States.
 
But the gas may not be as easy and cheap to extract from shale formations deep underground as the companies are saying, according to hundreds of industry e-mails and internal documents and an analysis of data from thousands of wells….
 
….“Money is pouring in” from investors even though shale gas is “inherently unprofitable,” an analyst from PNC Wealth Management, an investment company, wrote to a contractor in a February e-mail. “Reminds you of dot-coms.”
 
“The word in the world of independents is that the shale plays are just giant Ponzi schemes and the economics just do not work,” an analyst from IHS Drilling Data, an energy research company, wrote in an e-mail on Aug. 28, 2009. …
 
…. A former Enron executive wrote in 2009 while working at an energy company: “I wonder when they will start telling people these wells are just not what they thought they were going to be?” He added that the behavior of shale gas companies reminded him of what he saw when he worked at Enron….
 
…Still, in private exchanges, many industry insiders are skeptical, even cynical, about the industry’s pronouncements. “All about making money,” an official from Schlumberger, an oil and gas services company, wrote in a July 2010 e-mail to a former federal regulator about drilling a well in Europe, where some United States shale companies are hunting for better market opportunities.
 
“Looks like crap,” the Schlumberger official wrote about the well’s performance, according to the regulator, “but operator will flip it based on ‘potential’ and make some money on it.”
 
“Always a greater sucker,” the e-mail concluded….
 
(Read entire article at link above)
 
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