By Margaret Flowers, We Are Cove Point
For decades, there has been a mostly dormant liquefied gas (LNG) import facility in the community of Cove Point on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland. Surrounded by forest on conservation land and across the street from residential homes and neighborhoods, the huge white storage tanks are only visible from the opening at the plant’s entrance. It used to be that locals hardly gave the facility a thought. The area is known for its Calvert Cliffs, where 12-million-year-old fossils from the Miocene Era are plentiful, for its historic light house, beaches, fishing and boating, and for the usual activities of community life. Continue reading Dominion Builds Dangerous Gas Facility in Cove Point Neighborhood
By Steve Smith, Hartford Courant
The opposition to the expansion of the Algonquin Natural Gas Pipeline, managed by Spectra Energy, Inc., is growing, as the proposed upgrades to the pipeline become more imminent.
Those opposed to the pipeline cite the fact that pipelines leak and sometimes even explode.
On Jan. 26, a gas pipeline in Brooke County, West Virginia exploded, sending a ball of flames hundreds of feet into the air. No one was hurt in the incident, which remains under investigation. Three other incidents occurred on U.S. pipelines in January, including another explosions in Mississippi, a leak in Montana that spilled 50,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River, and 3 million gallons of saltwater drilling waste that spilled from a North Dakota pipeline. Continue reading Fear of Explosions, Leaks Fuels Struggle Against Gas Pipelines
Photo: Michael Hinrichs (left), a spokesman for Jordan Cove, Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay, and Mark Wall (right), forestry manager for Roseburg Forest Products, stand on the proposed site for the Jordan Cove Energy Project. /Photo by Ted Sickinger
By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian
Sen. Ron Wyden has asked federal energy regulators to provide him with information on the methods and models used to evaluate public safety hazards from potential chemical leaks at the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project in Coos Bay.
The Oregon Democrat noted in letters to the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the acting administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration that serious questions had been raised in public comments about the adequacy of hazard modeling for the liquefied natural gas export facility. Continue reading Senator Asks FERC How It Measures Hazards of LNG Export