Court throws out Bradwood LNG license
Group claims Millennium misrepresented scope of coal project
Riverkeeper leader a hero to friends, obstructionist to foes
HOOD RIVER, Ore. — From his second-story office in an old househere, Brett VandenHeuvel has a fine view of the object of hispassion. Last Wednesday, the Columbia River coursed by in the neardistance, wide, cold and gray, with white hills rising above itsbanks after a recent snowfall.
VandenHeuvel, the executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper,has made it his duty to fight any project he considers harmful tothe 1,400-mile waterway. More: http://tdn.com/news/local/article_98d8f458-000f-11e0-b3c1-001cc4c03286.html ...Comment by Brett van den Heuvel, I think the thing that the story completely missed, and that perhaps you could comment on in letter to editor, is that the LNG victory was a huge group effort of hundreds and hundreds of people and over a dozen organizations, etc. The story reads like Cowlitz County and Clatsop before Riverkeeper even got involved. simply waved a magic wand in order to “bleed” LNG. Nothing is further from the truth, as you’ve seen for years. Riverkeeper was but one piece of an amazing coalition – a coalition that started inA True Friend of the River
Our hearts are saddened by the passing of a true friend of the river, Bob Kiser. One of the fantastic benefits from our struggles and efforts to protect the Columbia River has been the people we have met and the friendships that have developed. Bob and Gayle were two people that we might never have met except for our mutual interest in protecting the area that we all live in. Bob’s love of life, river and forest and his knowledge of them and the regulatory process were incredible assets in our recent efforts to protect Washington and Oregon from energy speculators. All of us who love the river, fish, and forest and life itself will miss Bob’s smile and knowledge. Our thoughts, love, and prayers go out to Gayle and their family and all of Bob’s friends.
Wu Introduces Bill to Return State Control Over LNG Decisions
At a time when Congress is expected take little action in the run-up to the November elections, U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) has introduced a new bill aimed at returning state control over where to place liquefied natural gas facilities.
Wu, who’s running for re-election in the First Congressional District against Republican Rob Cornilles, on Tuesday introduced the Local Control for Energy and the Environment Act. The bill would repeal portions of the 2005 Energy Policy Act that stripped away much of the decision-making power over LNG facilities from the states.
Wu’s bill would return much of the authority states lost over LNG decisions in the Bush-era Energy Policy Act. It would also require FERC to consult with states about any inter-agency agreements over safety and security at LNG facilities
Press release by Columbia Riverkeeper
Oregon Agency Formally Denies Bradwood LNG Project
Astoria, OR – On Tuesday, the State of Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) formally denied the Bradwood LNG project, deeming it inconsistent with Oregon’s Coastal Zone Management Program. The news adds finality to the end of the Bradwood LNG proposal after Bradwood’s parent company, NorthernStar Natural Gas, filed for bankruptcy in May.
Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, welcomed the news of Oregon’s denial of Bradwood LNG. “This project has been lingering in bankruptcy, and today’s emphatic denial by the State of Oregon effectively renders Bradwood LNG worthless for any prospective buyers. This is a very significant nail in Bradwood’s coffin.”
Added VandenHeuvel, “When combined with Washington’s denial of a Clean Water Act permit for this project, today’s decision by Oregon makes it abundantly clear that Bradwood LNG has no future.”
George Exum is a marine engineer and chair of Wahkiakum Friends of the River who lives across the Columbia River from the bankrupt LNG terminal proposal. He stated, “We’ve known for a long time that this project isn’t viable. Bradwood LNG’s high-profile failure is a strong signal that LNG will never move forward in the Pacific Northwest, including the proposed Oregon LNG and Jordan Cove LNG terminals in Oregon.”
Sandra Davis, a landowner along the proposed Bradwood LNG pipeline, expressed relief at the action taken by Oregon DLCD. “After seeing the terrible disaster in San Bruno, we are relieved that this pipeline – which would have been just as large as PG&E’s, and non-odorized – has been formally rejected. I certainly hope that Oregon LNG and the Jordan Cove LNG and Pacific Connector projects are soon to follow.”
Approval by the State of Oregon was a mandatory condition of FERC’s approval of the project. Oregon’s denial came after the DLCD repeatedly requested additional information or an extension from Bradwood LNG and received no response from the company.
Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
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Aging gas pipe at risk of explosion nationwide
By GARANCE BURKE and JASON DEAREN, Associated Press Writers Garance Burke And Jason Dearen, Associated Press Writers – 28 mins ago
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – An ominous theme has emerged from the wreckage of a deadly pipeline explosion in California: There are thousands of pipes just like it nationwide.
Utilities have been under pressure for years to better inspect and replace aging gas pipes — many of them laid years before the suburbs expanded over them and now at risk of leaking or erupting.
But the effort has fallen short. Critics say the regulatory system is ripe for problems because the government largely leaves it up to the companies to do inspections, and utilities are reluctant to spend the money necessary to properly fix and replace decrepit pipelines.
Mining companies aim to export coal to China through Northwest ports
While Oregon works to shut its only coal-fired electricity plant and reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions, global mining companies are increasingly bullish about exporting that very same coal through Northwest ports to China.
According to Peabody Energy, "Coal's best days are ahead," fueled in part by exports of coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming that Portland General Electric taps for its Boardman plant. Peabody says it hopes to announce a West Coast terminal by year's end.