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Republican who said pipeline activists were waging ‘jihad’ confirmed to energy agency
With two confirmations, FERC finally has a quorum.
By Mark Hand
Aug 4, 2017,

NOTE: Earlier Senator Wyden had blasted the nominees (see link to news story below) 


Wyden blasts FERC nominees
Jun 7, 2017


NOTE: Below opponents win the right to another round. Thank you Earthjustice!

State Supreme Court to hear dredging case
Saphara Harrell The World Aug 4, 2017

…Thursday, the Oregon Supreme Court agreed to review a petition from environmental groups challenging a Court of Appeals opinion, which upheld the Department of State Lands’ (DSL) decision to issue a permit crucial to the Jordan Cove LNG project as well as access for larger ships.

In 2011, the DSL authorized the Port of Coos Bay to dredge 1.75 million cubic yards to create a marine terminal.

Petitioners to that decision filed an appeal over concerns “that DSL had failed to grapple with the risks and harms to the aquatic environment from building and operating a major fossil fuel terminal in Coos Bay.” …


NOTE: Meanwhile the Port of Coos Bay continues to pursue their proposed Channel Deepening and Widening project. The fishing and shell fishing industries need to be paying attention before it’s too late!

Port proposes $400 million dredging project
By Spencer Cole The World
May 4, 2017


How BC’s LNG Fiasco Went So Wrong
Government, cheerleaders were blind to market forces that doomed the pipe dream. Will NDP make the same mistake?

By Andrew Nikiforuk 31 Jul 2017 | TheTyee.ca
Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about the energy industry for two decades and is a contributing editor to The Tyee

…“Whoever was doing the math didn’t have a clue,” says Finn.
The BC Liberal government also predicted the province would be reaping a revenue windfall after just five years of LNG operation.

Australia’s government promised the same reward. But record production of methane on that continent has generated skinny returns for the public and forced a public inquiry on the broken revenue promises.

Finn suspects the Australian government probably won’t earn anything from LNG exports for the first 15 years of a terminal’s operation. B.C., if it had ever developed an LNG industry, would likely have been in the same dismal situation.

In fact a Bloomberg news report described Australia’s experience with LNG — another rush to export with no due diligence — as a total disaster. “Everyone’s a Loser in Australia’s LNG Boom,” a recent headline summarized…

…Why can’t we be bold and export LNG like the Americans in the Gulf of Mexico, asked Deborah Yedlin in the Calgary Herald.

Yedlin didn’t mention that Houston’s Cheniere Energy, the first U.S. company to begin exporting LNG, reported losses of $610 million in 2016 following losses of nearly $1 billion in 2015. The firm also carries a long-term debt load of $24 billion and its share price is down 47 per cent from its 2015 high.

Finn figures the whole province is lucky that global LNG prices killed the desperate scheme and spared B.C. a disastrous Australian LNG experience.

Australia’s so-called LNG boom delivered dramatic energy shortages, wild political volatility, a revenue bust and huge ecological costs for farmland and groundwater…. [Emphasis added]

NOTE: Entire article above well worth the read. Article referenced in the news story above can be linked below:


Everyone’s a Loser in Australia’s LNG Boom
By David Fickling
March 26, 2017


Qatar’s LNG brownfield trumps Petronas’ greenfield hopes:
July 26, 2017
By Clyde Russell


NOTE: Basic first and second grade math skills is all that is needed to understand why this is not a good idea.

Australia’s LNG Own Goal
By David Fickling
July 24, 2017

Australia has made such a mess of its energy policy in recent years that it’s tempting to think nothing could make the situation worse. Pessimists can take heart, though: Resources Minister Matt Canavan seems to have set out to prove we’re not at rock bottom yet.

The government will start a consultation process to determine if Australia faces a shortfall of natural gas in 2018, Canavan said Monday — potentially triggering export curbs to ensure more is consumed at home.

In theory, that could create a temporary glut and push down prices, which have surged from as little 58 Australian cents (46 cents) a gigajoule in 2014 to A $12.64/GJ in February. In practice, the move threatens to exacerbate, not cure, gas-supply problems…. [Emphasis added]


Natural Gas Building Boom Fuels Climate Worries, Enrages Landowners
Kristen Lombardi and Jamie Smith Hopkins
July 17, 2017

…In the 1990s, FERC posed this question: Was its pipeline-approval process working well? One company argued that the agency needed “to shift its focus away from command-and-control regulation towards policies that increasingly rely on market forces.”

That company was Enron. In 1999, its free-market views influenced FERC’s policy on how it would weigh projects. Years later, a New Jersey man fighting a pipeline that would run 167 feet from his daughter’s bedroom read the historical document with outrage and disbelief.

“You might have heard of Enron,” said Mike Spille, a software engineer trying to fend off the PennEast project, planned in Pennsylvania and his state. “It was a big giant bubble company that exploded and lots of people went to jail. Companies like Enron are the ones that set this FERC policy, and it’s part of the reason why it’s so bad.“… [Emphasis added]


Climate Champions Don’t Permit Dirty Fracked Gas Terminals
Submitted by Sarah Westover, a Jackson County resident and No LNG Campaign Organizer at Rogue Climate, and Nicholas Caleb, born and raised in Klamath Falls and the staff attorney at the Center for Sustainable Economy.
July 31, 2017


Federal court temporarily pauses youth climate lawsuit
The decision comes after the Trump administration filed an extraordinarily rare petition for review.
Natasha Geiling
Jul 26, 2017

Latest on the Children’s Trust lawsuit:
The fossil fuel industry initially intervened in the case as defendants, joining the U.S. government in trying to have the case dismissed. On April 8, 2016, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin recommended the denial of their motions to dismiss., and U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken upheld Judge Coffin’s recommendation, with the issuance of an historic November 10, 2016 opinion and order that denied the motions. When the defendants sought an interlocutory appeal of that order, Judge Aiken denied the Trump administration’s motions on June 8, 2017. The following day, the Trump administration filed a petition for “writ of mandamus” to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking, again, to avert a trial.

On June 28, 2017, Judge Coffin issued an order releasing the fossil fuel industry defendants from the case, and setting a trial date for February 5, 2018 before Judge Aiken at the U.S. District Court of Oregon in Eugene. Youth plaintiffs, now age 9 to 21, and their attorneys were preparing for trial when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily halted the climate lawsuit against the Trump administration following the administration’s petition for a rare review of the district court’s decision to allow the case to move forward.

NOTE: And just how hot does it have to get before our leaders get it concerning Climate Change?

Europe Swelters Under a Heat Wave Called ‘Lucifer’
By The New York Times
Aug. 6, 2017

Western Heat Wave Breaks Record Highs in Oregon and Washington
Jonathan Belles
Published: August 4, 2017

Portland could hit 109 degrees this week, breaking all-time record
Doyle Rice, USA TODAY
Published 11:39 a.m. ET Aug. 2, 2017

Phoenix breaks 112-year-old heat record
Weldon B. Johnson, The Republic
Published July 7, 2017

131-year-old heat record shattered in Downtown LA
The old record was set in 1886
By Bianca Barragan And Jenna Chandler
July 8, 2017

Iranian city soars to record 129 degrees: Near hottest on Earth in modern measurements
By Jason Samenow
June 29, 2017


Stop the Jordan Cove LNG Project #NoLNG
By Erik Rydberg
May 19, 2017