Jordan Cove’s house of cards appears to FINALLY be coming down, as many of us knew it one day would. On December 9th 2016 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission upheld their March 11, 2016 Order denying the project a FERC Certificate.
On December 13, 2016, the Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. also formally requested that its application for a Site Certificate for their South Dunes Power Plant (SDPP) be withdrawn from further consideration by the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council and the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE). Jordan Cove requested that the ODOE cease all activities associated with the SDPP Application “and take any other steps required to effectuate the withdrawal.”
In addition, Jordan Cove’s legal counsel filed a Motion to dismiss the contested case that is currently underway on the South Dunes Power Plant, stating that the case is now moot:
Pursuant to OAR 345-015-0054, Jordan Cove Energy Project L.P. (the “Applicant”) hereby moves to dismiss the Contested Case. Given the Applicant’s notice to the Department of Energy of its decision to withdraw its Application for Site Certificate, the Contested Case is now moot.
DATED: December 13, 2016
Second Time Around
This is the second time that Jordan Cove has withdrawn an application on their Power Plant. The first time was in 2013 under Coos County Administrative Decision File No. SP-12-02. Two appeals were filed in that case, one by John Clarke (AP-13-01), and one by the Citizens Against LNG (AP-13-02). Jordan Cove withdrew their SP-12-02 application on November 14, 2013 after 2 public hearings had occurred; one on standing (June 13, 2013) and one on the merits (August 20, 2013).
During the course of the SP-12-02 proceeding, and unbeknownst to the appellants, Coos County completely eliminated an entire Section of code (Article 5.6) from their Coos County Zoning and Land Development Ordinance (CCZLDO). Coos County File No. AM-12-04 was presented as just a few simple housekeeping text changes, when in reality those simple changes completely eliminated the Coos County Ordinance Section Article 5.6 Design and Site Plan Review.
The Article 5.6 Design and Site Plan Review Ordinance Section had formed the main basis for the appeals that had been filed on the Coos County File No. SP-12-02. Citizens did not realize that changes were occurring to the Coos County Ordinance until it was too late to appeal those changes. The code changes clearly benefited the foreign owned and controlled Jordan Cove LNG project, but also meant the Coos County Ordinance would be out of line with State codes.
Additional Code Violations
Proponents of Jordan Cove soon found out that their proposed Jordan Cove project did not line up with many codes and for the last 3+ years they have been actively attempting to change those codes in order to make their project appear to comply. This should have been the other way around. It is hard to believe that anyone in their right mind would try to site a hazardous LNG export project on 30+feet of contaminated fill; on an unstable sand spit; in a tsunami inundation and earthquake subduction zone; directly across from an active airport runway and a highly populated city; and 7+ miles up a very narrow/shallow shipping channel. This project would have been nothing but a disaster waiting to happen.
For the last 12 years (since November 2004) citizens have been trying to get the truth out about the poorly conceived Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector LNG project. Thousands of comments with supporting documentation have been submitted to regulatory agencies in many multiple permit processes that have occurred to date. Most of the permitting delays have been the direct result of the Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector Project itself, as they have continually not supplied the correct and necessary data in order for their project to proceed.
As FERC so eloquently stated in their December 9th Order, “[L]itigation must come to an end at some point. Hence, the general rule is that the record once closed will not be reopened.” We agree. It is far past time to close the record book on the Jordan Cove LNG Export Project.
‘NO LNG’ RALLY UPDATES
Local Opposition Dogging Jordan Cove LNG Fight
By Richard Nemec
November 28, 2016
Salem protesters rally against Pacific Connector Pipeline
Lisa Balick and KOIN 6 News Staff
Published: November 14, 2016,
November 14, 2016 Rally at the State Capital
By Hannah Sohl
1) Over 200 people came, many from the Karuk Tribe and the Yurok Tribe. True North Organizing, the Yurok Tribe, Klamath Riverkeeper, and the Klamath Justice Coalition did an amazing job bringing folks up, and leading the rally at the capitol and the march to the DSL building. The Karuk Tribe issued a statement on Nov. 14th in opposition to the pipeline and the Yurok Tribe is also officially (and has been) against the pipeline.
2) We had folks at the capitol from across Oregon! Roseburg, Coos Bay, Salem, Corvallis, Klamath Falls, Medford, Ashland, Chiloquin, Portland, Eugene, etc. were present! What an awesome statewide effort.
Karuk, Yurok Oppose Klamath LNG Pipeline
By Natalya Estrada, staff writer Times-Standard
IN THE NEWS
Portland, OR Mayor, Activists Celebrate Trailblazing Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Ban
By Daphne Wysham
December 14, 2016
OUR VIEW – The World Editorial
Time to move on from LNG
Dec 13, 2016
December 2016 FERC Denial News Links:
News and Review: FERC denies rehearing on Jordan Cove LNG
Mail Tribune: FERC Upholds Denial of Pipeline Through Oregon
The World: FERC Denies Jordan Cove Rehearing
From the Styx: Breaking news! FERC denies Jordan Cove rehearing
NOTE: According to news sources, “Veresen spent US$100 million to advance the [Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector] project over the course of 2016.”
Veresen plans to spend $30 mil on Jordan Cove LNG in 2017
Dec 5, 2016
Ryan: Energy bill officially dead
By John Siciliano – 12/7/16
EPA’s Fracking Study Edited at Last Minute, Downplaying Risks, Newly Uncovered Documents Show
Tuesday, 06 December 2016
By Sharon Kelly – DeSmogBlog Report
EPA confirms fracking “can impact drinking water”
December 13, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed today what millions of us have known for years: fracking (hydraulic fracturing) contaminates drinking water. In its final report issued today the EPA removed the finding that fracking did not cause “widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources.” …
Significant pipeline spill contaminates local water just 200 miles from Standing Rock
Local news have mentioned the event, but mainstream media outlets have ignored news of the spill.
By Alexandra Jacobo
December 8, 2016
Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing
By U.S. Army
December 4, 2016
Reuters news desk
Oil retreats on doubts OPEC cuts can ease glut
By Jessica Resnick-Ault
Dec 5, 2016
ADVOCACY: Despite a friendly White House, natural gas in for ‘rocky times’
Emily Holden, E&E News reporter
Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Global LNG buyers, sellers meet as Japan probes contract clauses
By Aaron Sheldrick and Osamu Tsukimori
Nov 23 (Reuters)
TOKYO, Nov 23 (Reuters) – A new Japanese regulatory probe into sales restrictions for liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts will be at the forefront of discussion as the industry’s biggest buyers and sellers gather in Tokyo this week.
Representatives from major LNG producers Qatar, Australia and Malaysia will meet with buyers from companies including Japan’s Jera Co, the world’s biggest buyer of the fuel, and Taiwan’s CPC Corp to find ways to address a market where demand is only about 76 percent of supply, Thomson Reuters Eikon data shows. The overhang is leading the industry to question everything from how the fuel is priced to how it is sold….
…Japan’s buyers are now overcommitted to their contractual LNG cargoes as demand is dropping. They want more leeway to resell the spare cargoes but are prevented by the clauses….
. . . with prices down by nearly two-thirds from their 2014 high and more supply coming to market, gas consumers, who use the fuel for power generation and for cooking, have more power to force through changes.
“It’s a buyers market now. . . . ”
(Read entire article at link above.)
NOTE from Wim: How much sense does it make to believe that JERA is actually interested in Jordan Cove’s LNG, except maybe as a bargaining tactic with their present suppliers? The article does note that American LNG exporters do not have destination clauses. It also notes that the oversupply will get worse.
2 earthquakes recorded off Oregon coast
November 28, 2016
Liquefaction; more than a sloppy puddle at the beach
By Brian Ricketts – Sedimentologist-hydrogeologist
November 23, 2016
Oklahoma Agency Plans to Shut Disposal Wells After Earthquake
By Sheela Tobben and Jessica Summers
November 7, 2016
NOTE: 21 young people are suing the U.S. government for failing to protect our future from climate change, and for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property.
Trump could face the ‘biggest trial of the century’ — over climate change
By Chelsea Harvey
December 1, 2016