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Hundreds protest Veresens Jordan Cove LNG Open House Events

Citizens Rally against Jordan Cove LNG Project in Medford, OR on March 23, 2017. Photo by Allen Hallmark.

Citizens Rally against Jordan Cove LNG Project in Medford, OR on March 23, 2017. Photo by Allen Hallmark.

Jordan Cove held Open House events across Southern Oregon in Coos, Douglas, Jackson and Klamath Counties on March 21 through the 24th 2017.  Hundreds of local opponents of the project showed up at each of the Open House events, many protesting outside, while Jordan Cove resorted to busing in supporters from outside of Southern Oregon to make the project appear to have local support.  The bus riders wore orange and yellow shirts and stood around in attendance at the entire 4-hour Open House events.

Medford LNG Rally 3-23-2017. Photo by Allen Hallmark.

Medford LNG Rally 3-23-2017. Photo by Allen Hallmark.

Jordan Cove had plenty of large poster-boards and staff to promote their project at each event as well.  However, there seemed to be a significant lack of knowledge on behalf of the staff, many of whom were new.  While some components of the prior proposed LNG project have clearly changed, the underhanded way Jordan Cove goes about promoting the project clearly has not.  I do have to wonder if the foreign investors of this project realize just how their money is being spent.

FERC Staff Attend Open House Events

Jordan Cove Open House_3-21-2017_4116The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who accepted Jordan Cove’s January 23, 2017,Request for Approval of a Pre-Filing Review Process” in a FERC Order issued on February 10th, also had staff in attendance at each of the four Open House events.  Citizens were encouraged to sign up to be notified about upcoming FERC scoping hearings for Jordan Cove, likely to be held a few months from now.  This will begin the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for the Project for the third time.  The FERC scoping process will be a key avenue for citizens to request that their concerns and issues about the project are addressed.

Williams Company

Citizens Rally in North Bend on March 21, 2017

Citizens Rally in North Bend on March 21, 2017

The Williams Pipeline Company appears to no longer be with the Project.  This is the second American Corporation to have left the project, the first being the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California who left in 2012.  The Jordan Cove Project, including their proposed pipeline, is now 100% foreign owned and controlled and has no experience whatsoever in building and transporting Liquefied Natural Gas from a Port facility.

Jordan Cove’s lack of knowledge and experience was very apparent in Jordan Cove’s staff comments downplaying LNG and natural gas pipeline hazards and earthquake liquefaction hazards in the Pacific Northwest.  Jordan Cove personnel have clearly not done their homework and obviously missed the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Public Workshop on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) that was held in May of last year.

No International Market for Jordan Cove

Recently several much larger and experienced gas industry players have pulled their proposed LNG export projects, citing low LNG prices and unfavorable market conditions.  On March 22nd it was reported that the Japanese-based firm Resources Energy, Inc.(REI) had cancelled its plans to build an  LNG plant at Port MacKenzie, Cook Inlet, Alaska.  On March 10th Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced it had  “officially shelved” its plans to build the Prince Rupert LNG export project at Ridley Island, British Columbia (BC).  On March 20th Bloomberg reported that the Chevron Corp. had signaled the end of major new LNG projects in Western Australia and was unlikely to sanction an expansion of its Gorgon and Wheatstone export developments as it focuses on boosting returns from $88 billion of investment.

Bloomberg also reported that the growing supply glut will likely deter significant investment in new Australian LNG projects beyond 2017 with doubts growing over the feasibility of planned floating facilities.  Planned FLNG projects in Australia including Woodside Ltd.’s Browse and Sunrise facilities and Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Scarborough may not proceed due to a more competitive operating environment.

According to Thomson Reuters data, new production has resulted in global installed LNG capacity of over 300 million tonnes a year, while only around 268 million tonnes of LNG were traded in 2016.

Demand is flat, and in a number of key markets, including Japan, it is actually falling. According to a post by Nick Butler, by 2019, if everything goes to plan, Gazprom will be supplying another 55bn cu feet of gas through the new Nordstream 2 line into a European market where demand is declining as subsidized renewables gain market share.  And looking further beyond 2020, comes Iran, which is actively seeking a share in the market to exploit its huge low-cost gas resource base.  The Iranians join a queue of countries from Turkmenistan to Australia with gas waiting to be developed.

Everyone should be very concerned with respect to the proposed Jordan Cove LNG Project as their staff continue to ignore these market signs and concerns and the severe safety and environmental hazards that are specific to this particular LNG project.  Sticking ones head in the sand will not make these issues go away nor fix the poor siting location of the proposed Jordan Cove Project, one of the worst sited LNG projects currently proposed.

Despite all this, Jordan Cove continues to process Conditional Land Use permits for their “older” LNG terminal design that is now no longer valid, forcing citizens to argue against project components that essentially no longer exist.  At the same time Jordan Cove continues to falsely tell investors that they have obtained these permits.  I wonder what will happen when investors find out the truth..?

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IN THE NEWS

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The World
http://theworldlink.com/news/local/business/if-a-pipeline-runs-through-it/article_f73f3aed-5ccb-5dae-823f-8cd9acd24e94.html
(If) a pipeline runs through it
North Bend couple opposes LNG Pipeline, Jordan Cove
By Spencer Cole
Mar 23, 2017

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MORE OPEN HOUSE RALLY PHOTOS

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Citizens Rally in North Bend at Jordan Cove Open House Event March 21, 2017

Citizens Rally in North Bend at Jordan Cove Open House Event March 21, 2017

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Citizens rally in Medford on 3-23-2017. Photo by Allen Hallmark.

Citizens rally in Medford on 3-23-2017. Photo by Allen Hallmark.

Citizens rally in Medford on 3-23-2017. Photo by Allen

Citizens rally in Medford on 3-23-2017. Photo by Allen

Citizens rally in Medford on 3-23-2017. Photo by Allen

Citizens rally in Medford on 3-23-2017. Photo by Allen

2 Responses to Hundreds protest Veresens Jordan Cove LNG Open House Events

  1. JC Williams

    March 25, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Here’s some of what I learned at the recent Jordan Cove Open House:

    They do intend to take out and leave out the 100 ft. hill next to the tank location ( at one time they said they’d be “putting it back”).

    There will not a Supplemental EIS; it will contain some of the resource material from before. I got 2 versions of what is being done in this area as of right now. What it sounds like to me is they have submitted a partial list of that resource material which is slated to go the proper agencies that will sift through it and decide on what is usable.

    The FERC panel is just the 2 Dems at this time. The lady whose term is up in June wants to stay, but we all know how that worked out for the judges concerning Trump. It will take some time for his nominees to be vetted and approved by the Senate (3 Republicans/2 Dems). A rough estimate that made sense to the FERC guy I talked to said the permit might get consideration by end of 2018, but he reminded me that anything could happen.

    I heard there will be a vertical evacuation shelter for personnel in-case of tsunami. They said not unless they are made to do so. They think the 60 ft elevation for the tanks and safety facility will save them. We got to work on that one.

    The remark was made by their spokesperson that “they will not follow this project over a cliff” in reference to the financial feasibility.
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    They really do not have the money for this project….never did. IMHO, they are simply putting lipstick on the pig, hoping that someone will buy the permits and engineering plans for development in the far future.

  2. AJ Velinty

    March 27, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Once again this sham is being exposed for what it is- a desperate attempt to keep investors from bailing on the project by drumming up shoddy data and empty promises.They are out of new suckers to scam.
    We told them in 2013 that LNG production around the world was stalling because holding capacity was full, domestic supplies were being developed in Asia, and around the globe, and renewable was energy was popping up everywhere in EU and Asia. Corporate America is determined to squeeze out another billion dollars or two on a fake project. They will be shut out of western states by residents who can see what a mess oil and gas companies have made in the Eastern US. They missed the boat, the party is over, they are hungover and should crawl back home to cry.