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Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline files Formal Application with FERC and other LNG Updates

 Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline - FERC Resource Report No. 1 Map - June 2013

Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline – FERC Resource Report No. 1 Map – June 2013

 
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PACIFIC CONNECTOR GAS PIPELINE PROJECT UPDATE
 
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The Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Project filed their Formal Application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)  on June 6, 2013.  See links to their Application below.  Their new FERC Docket No. is CP13-492-000.  
 
The FERC has issued a Formal “Notice of Application” that will officially “begin” the FERC review of the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Project and the developing of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  (See link below)  Generally there is a 30 day time limit for citizens to file Motions to Intervene on an Application once it is submitted to FERC.  Citizens and Groups who file Motions to Intervene now will have the right to appeal a FERC Final Decision and Order later on when and if a Final Decision and Order is issued on the Project.  The FERC considers all relevant comments submitted about an Application whether you are an intervenor or not.
 
Read FERC’s “Official Notice” of the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP’s 6/6/13 Application here:
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20130619-3035
 
DEADLINE TO FILE COMMENTS AND/OR MOTIONS TO INTERVENE ON THE PACIFIC CONNECTOR GAS PIPELINE (FERC Docket No CP13-492-000) is set for 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) July 10, 2013.  See instructions in FERC’s “Official Notice” above and also at links below.
 
* Our Previous Blog Post notes that Citizens only had until June 20th 2013 – 5:00 p.m. EST (2:00 p.m. PST) to file comments and Motions to Intervene on the Jordan Cove LNG Export Facility FERC Application filed on May 21, 2013.
 
  • JORDAN COVE LNG EXPORT FACILITY FERC DOCKET No.  CP13-483-000
  • PACIFIC CONNECTOR GAS PIPELINE FERC DOCKET No.  CP13-492-000
 
FERC Docket Numbers must appear on Comments and Motions to Intervene.  
 
* If Citizens need help with commenting or uploading files to FERC, Please see:
and/or
 
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Links to Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline FERC filings for Docket No. CP13-492
( View more filings at the FERC on-line library at www.ferc.gov )
 
* Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP submits an abbreviated application requesting a certificate of public convenience & necessity authorizing the construction and operation of the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline under CP13-492.
 
* Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP submits an abbreviated application requesting a certificate of public convenience & necessity authorizing the construction and operation of the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline under CP13-492
Filed as CEII
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20130606-5001
 
* Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP submits an abbreviated application requesting a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the construction Part 2 under CP13-492
Filed as Privileged
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20130606-5002
 
* Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP submits an abbreviated application requesting a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the construction Part 2 under CP13-492
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20130606-5003
 
* Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP submits an abbreviated application requesting a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the construction and operation of the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline under CP13-492.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20130606-5006
 
* Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP submits GII studies from Volume IV under CP13-492. This is the complete Volume IV.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20130606-5076
 
* Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP submits GII studies from Volume IV under CP13-492. This is the complete Volume IV.
Filed as Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII)
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20130606-5077
 
* Supplemental Information of Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, L.P under CP13-492
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20130610-5068
 
* Motion to Intervene of RUBY PIPELINE LLC under CP13-492.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20130610-5011
 
* Supplemental Information / Request of Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, L.P under CP13-492.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20130612-5087
 
* Motion to Intervene of Gas Transmission Northwest LLC under CP13-492.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20130612-5004
 
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS & OTHER INFORMATION
 
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As Per June 10, 2013, FERC Update: 
  • Pacific Connector intends to file with FERC its applicant-prepared biological assessment before the end of June 2013
 
  • Pacific Connector intends to file its permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) approximately one week after the FERC application.
 
  • The FERC will not include the “Impacts along the Waterway” in the new EIS, due to revisions to the Coast Guard Requirements; with the exception of the Reliability and Safety section (which will retain a discussion of the Sandia study and the zones of concern).
 
 
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has new guidance which requires LNG projects with multiple applicants to file a single joint application.
 
June 18, 2013:  The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing regarding “U.S. Energy Abundance: Regulatory, Market, and Legal Barriers to Export.”   Find out more info here: http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/us-energy-abundance-regulatory-market-and-legal-barriers-export
 
 
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IN THE NEWS
 
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Jordan Cove Hearing on Standing Drags on for Hours
A Determination and Ruling by Hearings Officer Andrew Stamp is due next week.
June 13, 2013
Hearings Officer Stamp conducts a Hearing on Standing via a telephone phone conference as citizens listen in on June 13, 2013 in Coos County. Photo by Curt Clay.

Hearings Officer Stamp conducts a Hearing on Standing via a telephone phone conference as citizens listen in on June 13, 2013 in Coos County. Photo by Curt Clay.

 

On Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the Coos County Owen Building in Coquille, Oregon, Citizens sat through two and one half hours of grueling legal argument and debate between lawyers representing Defendants and Appellants of the Jordan Cove South Dunes Power Plant and Gas Liquefaction Facility ( County File No. SP-12-02).  The Hearing was specific to the issue of Standing and whether John Clarke, Richard Knablin, John Neikirk and Citizens Against LNG Inc had filled out and submitted the proper paperwork when they filed their appeals on the Coos County Planning Director’s Administrative Decision of the Jordan Cove South Dunes Power Plant and Gas Liquefaction Facility land use permit.  The Coos County land use permit had been issued by a Planning  Administrative Decision rather than by a process that involved a public hearing and citizen input.
 
Several Citizens gather outside the Owen Building after the June 13th Hearing on Standing. Photo by Dana Gaab

Several Citizens gather outside the Owen Building after the June 13th Hearing on Standing. Photo by Dana Gaab

Hearings Officer Andrew Stamp officiated over the Hearing by telephone which amounted to a public telephone conference call between Stamp and legal representatives for Jordan Cove and legal representatives for Appellents John Clarke and Citizens Against LNG Inc.  Richard Knablin another Appellent who also attended the hearing in person did not have legal representation and was given an opportunity to speak on his own behalf.  Other meeting attendees were not called on to speak but sat quietly and listened as lawyers on both sides battled it out while Hearings Officer Stamp asked questions of them in order to get to the bottom of the issue.  No written testimony was taken at the hearing as Briefs on the Standing issue had been due by Friday, June 7th at 5 p.m. and Reply Briefs by Monday, June 10th at 5 p.m.   The Hearing began at 1:30 p.m. and did not end until just before 4 p.m.

 
Who knew the proper and exact way to fill out a one and a half page Coos County Appeal form could get so technical?  Jordan Cove argued that John Clarke, Richard Knablin, John Neikirk, and Citizens Against LNG Inc had all erred in filling out their appeal forms.  Technical and Jurisdictional issues were discussed in detail.  Due to the vagueness of the County Code and the fact that the Standing issue is not one that is challanged often, there is not a lot of case law out there on it.  The cases that do exist seem to be mostly from cases that have surfaced over the years in Coos County.
 
Hearings Officer Andrew Stamp is expected to have a ruling on the case in about a week.
 
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* Information on an explosion at The Williams Companies Inc. plant in the Ascension Parish town of Geismar La. is below.  YES, THIS IS THE SAME WILLIAMS CO that will be building the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.
 
The San Francisco Gate
2nd victim dies after blast at La. chemical plant
By Littice Bacon-Blood, Associated Press
June 14, 2013
 
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The Oregonian
Oregon LNG goes for federal license, says approval would override county opposition
By Ted Sickinger – June 11, 2013
 
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Sutherland LNG Law Blog
Petronas Planning to Spend $20 Billion on BC LNG Export Terminal
Posted: June 11, 2013
 
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