WA Petitions Against LNG Terminal License

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

In this case, Ecology argues the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) prematurely awarded a license in September to Northern Star Natural Gas for a liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline that impacts Washington and communities.

The proposed pipeline route for the Bradwood Landing project would cross the Columbia River and extend 17 miles underground through .

Federal law requires FERC to perform a detailed environmental impact review. Ecology takes issue with the adequacy of FERC's review which guided the Commission's license decision.

Rather than wait for FERC's decision on the request for rehearing, Gov. Chris Gregoire directed Ecology to help conduct a thorough environmental review through the State Environmental Policy Act.

Ecology also has responsibility to determine whether construction and operation of a pipeline running through can meet state water quality standards and this review needs to occur ahead of any FERC decision.

Ecology's request for rehearing asks FERC to reconsider its September decision on the following factors:

  • The analysis of potential risk to the public and emergency preparedness falls short.
  • The analysis of impacts of LNG tanker ballast water withdrawals on fish and discharge of engine cooling water on river temperature is lacking.
  • The analysis of the impact of larger ships and increased traffic on wake stranding of juvenile salmonids is insufficient.
  • The evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions is inadequate.
  • FERC's review fails to fully analyze the effects on commercial and recreational fishing due to shipping delays caused by LNG vessels.
  • The potential for landslides along proposed pipeline routes and pipeline integrity management hasn't been adequately evaluated.

is not alone in its challenge of FERC's timing. The state of is filing a similar reconsideration request.

Ecology should hear from FERC within the next 30 days. If FERC agrees to reconsider its decision, there is no time frame for it to issue a new decision.

Earlier this year, Ecology sought reconsideration of a FERC decision on a wave energy project along the coast. In that instance, FERC declined Ecology's request and the state is pursuing federal court review.

(www.ecy.wa.go)

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

Sulzer Shareholder has 5 pct Dresser-Rand Stake

Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg's Swiss investment firm Renova Group said on Friday it had a 4.99 percent stake in U.S.-based Dresser-Rand, which might become the object of a takeover battle.

Russia: Exxon Still Drilling in its Arctic

ExxonMobil is still drilling in the Russian Arctic, a Russian minister said on Friday, in move that if confirmed will anger Washington after the U.S. administration

Exxon, Rosneft May Halt Arctic Operations

Russia's natural resources minister said on Friday that it was highly likely that U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp and its Russian counterpart Rosneft had halted

LNG

Finland Grants Support to Three Small LNG Terminals

The Finnish government granted 65.2 million euros (84.22 million US dollar) in subsidies to build three small liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals to cut on use

Ingram to Build 20 Tank Barges in 2015

Ingram Barge Company announced that it will build 20 tank barges in 2015 to meet growing demand for chemical shipments. While most of the company’s recent tank

Senator Says 2015 Could Be Time for US Oil Export Bill

The top supporter in the U.S. Congress for reversing the 40-year ban on crude oil exports, Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, said next year could be the time for a bill on lifting the restriction.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1249 sec (8 req/sec)