Monthly Archives: March 2015

Hey, FERC, Until You Shape Up, Get Used to “Unprecedented Opposition”

Photo by Erik McGregor
Photo by Erik McGregor

By The Recorder

“Unprecedented opposition.”

That, according to Cheryl LaFleur, chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is what faces the nation’s natural gas pipeline development.

As widely reported, LaFleur made comments at a National Press Club event in Washington in January. She talked about the volume of those opposed to building more pipelines, and how these folks are overwhelming her office and staff. Continue reading Hey, FERC, Until You Shape Up, Get Used to “Unprecedented Opposition”

Offshore Wind Projects to Get Test Near Virginia Beach

windturbineBy Jacob Geiger, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Two massive wind turbines will be built in the Atlantic Ocean about 24 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Tuesday that it has issued the lease to Virginia — the first state to sign a lease with the federal agency. Continue reading Offshore Wind Projects to Get Test Near Virginia Beach

Ruling Could Mean Delays for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponent at FERC scoping meeting on M<arch 18, 2015/Photo via Friends of Nelson
A Buckingham resident objects to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline encroaching on local property/Photo via Friends of Nelson

By Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times

If nothing else, a ruling Tuesday by a judge in Suffolk Circuit Court delays Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s campaign to gain access to about 50 acres of private property in the city without the owner’s permission to survey for a possible route for a portion of the interstate natural gas pipeline.

Judge Carl Eason found that Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s notice to Davis Boulevard LLC, a residential developer, of the pipeline company’s intent to survey the property without permission was flawed because the notification came from Dominion Transmission Inc. — one of the partners for the proposed pipeline — and not Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Jim Norvelle, a spokesman for Dominion and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, said the ruling is largely a technical matter and will not impact the project schedule. New letters will be sent from Atlantic Coast Pipeline, he said.

Even though the ruling focuses on a single case in Suffolk, a lawyer from the Norfolk firm of Waldo and Lyle who represented Davis Boulevard LLC and its managing partner believes Eason’s decision could have broader implications and consequences for the project. Continue reading Ruling Could Mean Delays for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

U.S. Shale Gas Exports Are ‘Dead in the Water’

Cove Point LNG, under construction, is slated to export gas from the Marcellus Shale to India and Japan. But what if there isn't enough gas to export?
Cove Point LNG is slated to export gas from the Marcellus Shale to India and Japan. But what if there isn’t enough gas to export?

By Jim Flood, ieefa.org

The potential for exports of U.S. natural gas is not as rosy as proponents once imagined, said two panelists at this week’s New Energy Finance 2015 conference.

Here’s Charlie Blanchard of Bloomberg New Energy Finance: “We don’t think that Pennsylvania gas makes it to Miami, much less Tokyo. There’s really only enough of it to supply the eastern U.S. There’s not so much of it that we can export it everywhere.”

Deborah Lawrence of Energy Policy Forum painted a more dire picture, asserting that shale exports are “dead in the water” and that U.S. shale production will peak between 2018 and 2020. Continue reading U.S. Shale Gas Exports Are ‘Dead in the Water’

Maryland House, Senate Pass Measures to Curb Fracking

Protesters rally in Annapolis to encourage a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking/Photo by Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun
Protesters rally in Annapolis to encourage a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking/Photo by Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun

By Erin Cox and Timothy Wheeler, Baltimore Sun

Both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly separately passed measures Tuesday that mark the most aggressive action the legislature has taken to curb natural gas extraction in the state.

The Maryland House of Delegates passed a three-year ban on fracking and the Senate approved tough new legal standards for drillers. Each bill must clear still the other chamber, but the actions signaled the legislature was willing to go further than it has before to limit natural gas drilling. Continue reading Maryland House, Senate Pass Measures to Curb Fracking

Gas Company Sues Tiny Ohio Town for Its Water–So It Can Pollute What’s Left

The Slope Creek Reservoir in Barnesville, Ohio, provides water for at least two oil and gas companies.

The Slope Creek Reservoir in Barnesville, Ohio, provides water for at least two oil and gas companies/Photo courtesy of Concerned Barnesville Area Residents

By Samantha Page, ThinkProgress

A tiny town in eastern Ohio is being sued by an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company that bought more than 180 million gallons of water from the town last year. That water use, combined with a dry fall, prompted the village to temporarily shut off water to Gulfport Energy. Now, a second company has a water agreement, and there might not be enough water to go around. Continue reading Gas Company Sues Tiny Ohio Town for Its Water–So It Can Pollute What’s Left

Judge Tosses Charges for 42 Protestors in Seneca Lake Gas Fight

Photo courtesy of We Are Seneca Lake

By Jeff Stein, The Ithaca Voice

A judge in the town of Reading dismissed charges Wednesday night for 42 people arrested during ongoing acts of civil disobedience at the gates of a proposed natural gas expansion in Schuyler County.

Twelve of of the protesters who saw their charges dropped are from Tompkins County. Continue reading Judge Tosses Charges for 42 Protestors in Seneca Lake Gas Fight

Dominion Sinks to New Low with Bought-And-Paid-For Supporters at FERC Meeting

16688961649_9c4722b45f_oBy pontoon, Blue Virginia

Free Nelson attended Thursday night’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) meeting in the Shenandoah Valley. The meeting was designed to hear concerns from the public regarding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), and to contribute input towards the Environmental impact study (EIS) FERC is required to conduct.

What we found truly astonishing about this meeting was the lengths to which Dominion Power continues to sink in its efforts to create the appearance of support for its ill-conceived, dirty fossil fuel pipeline. Some of the tactics used by Dominion are eerily similar to a 6-year-old throwing a temper tantrum, and they’re just as unattractive. Continue reading Dominion Sinks to New Low with Bought-And-Paid-For Supporters at FERC Meeting

Request for Rehearing on Cove Point Demanded at FERC Meeting

Margaret Flowers removed by security from FERC Commission meeting/Photo by Kevin Zeese
Margaret Flowers removed by security from FERC Commission meeting/Photo by Kevin Zeese

By Beyond Extreme Energy in Baynet

Washington, DC – This morning, March 19, singing and chanting members of We Are Cove Point (WACP) from Lusby, Maryland, and their supporters from Beyond Energy (BXE) attempted to sit in and read a statement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) monthly meeting, protesting FERC’s failure to rule on a Request for Rehearing of its Sept. 29, 2014 order approving Dominion Resource’s construction permit for Cove Point even while construction at the hotly-challenged site continues. They were immediately removed from the building and the doors were locked behind them. Continue reading Request for Rehearing on Cove Point Demanded at FERC Meeting

Protestors Refuse to Be Silenced at FERC Meeting

A protestor is escorted from the FERC Commissioners' meeting on March 19, 2015/Photo by Scott Mahaskey
A protestor is escorted from the FERC Commissioners’ meeting on March 19, 2015/Photo by Scott Mahaskey

By Rich Heidorn, Jr., RTO Insider

WASHINGTON — About 10 protesters were led or carried out of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s open meeting Thursday after defying the commission’s “no interruptions” rule with chants of “Stop construction at Cove Point!”

Last week, the commission issued an order saying it no longer will allow protesters to read statements before its meetings, as Chairman Cheryl LaFleur previously had permitted since the activists began appearing regularly at commission meetings last fall. Continue reading Protestors Refuse to Be Silenced at FERC Meeting