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Federal agency extends comment time for New York LNG port

By Bob Downing Published: July 30, 2013

From Catskill Citizens:



 

 

 

 

 


LNG PORT OFF LONG ISLAND WILL THREATEN MILLIONS

 

 

 

Take Action!

 

Our demand for a longer public comment period on the proposed deepwater LNG port was successful—the Maritime Administration is allowing the public another thirty days (until August 22rd) to submit comments on this ill-conceived and dangerous project. Please take a minute to tell MarAd that “Port Ambrose” is unnecessary, unwanted and a threat to millions of Americans. TAKE ACTION!

WILL PORT AMBROSE EXPORT FRACKED GAS?

If Port Ambrose is licensed as an import facility, there is every reason to believe that it will be used to export Marcellus Shale gas to Europe and Asia. That will mean more fracking in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia—and the pressure to open New York State to fracking may prove to be irresistible.

The Maritime Administration, like the project sponsor, claims that if the current license application is approved, the port will not be allowed to export gas unless the owner applies for a new license, but there are several reasons to be skeptical:

  1. A new license is not required by law. MarAd has the authority to amend an import license to permit exports, and this could be done without any further public scrutiny or environmental review.
  2. There is no market for imported LNG in the United States. There are already two deepwater LNG ports in the U.S. (both in Boston Harbor) and neither of them has imported any gas since 2010. Read more: 2 costly LNG terminals sit idle
  3. If the sponsor goes ahead and spends three or four hundred million dollars building Port Ambrose, you can bet it won’t be refused permission to export gas when it claims that it can’t make money on imports.

All potential uses of Port Ambrose must be examined now, before construction gets underway.

 

 


 

 

BAIT AND SWITCH: THE JORDAN COVE EXAMPLE

In 2009 when project manager Bob Braddock was seeking federal approval to build a LNG import terminal (on land) on the Oregon coast, he insisted it could never be used to export gas. “I couldn’t make the economics of that work no matter how hard I’d try,” he said. “It’s not like someone can just flip a switch. The technical issues are huge.” According to press reports, concerns that the terminal might be used for exports were dismissed as “a conspiracy theory concocted by environmentalists”.

Then, after the terminal won federal approval, Braddock turned around and applied for an export license saying "There is currently no need for import into North America. We accept that. If anything makes sense, it's export".

The State of Oregon, the National Marine Fisheries Association and many environmental organizations are challenging the Jordan Cove bait and switch.

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INFRASTRUCTURE ATTACK

 

Take Action!

All across America hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent to build pipelines, compressor stations and export terminals with the clear intent of stifling the development of renewable energy supplies and locking us into decades of dependence on fossil fuels. Not surprisingly Republicans in the House are pushing a bill designed to ensure that all pipeline projects will be fast-tracked, even if that means short-circuiting critical environmental review. Please tell your congressional representative to vote down the misleadingly named Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act.

For two years our friends in Orange County, New York have been valiantly fighting the Minisink compressor station, which was built in the heart of their residential community. They’ve appealed to New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for help, but so far their pleas have been ignored. Please sign the petition urging Gillibrand to intervene on their behalf. (You can also call the Senator at 212-688-6262.)


 


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