Today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order Granting Rehearings for Further Consideration (the “Order”) in response to the request for rehearings submitted on April 8, 2016, by Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.
Basically the Order, referred to as a tolling order, notes that the rehearings were requested in a timely manner and the Commission will take more time to consider the request. The FERC does not give a new deadline. The FERC will grant or deny the requests for rehearing in a future order. The FERC will take no further questions.
In an email to From the Styx, Citizens Against LNG Executive Director Jody McCaffree said, “I am relieved that the FERC Order denying the Jordan Cove project remains in full effect while the FERC takes more time to consider Jordan Cove and Wyoming’s Rehearing Requests. I fully expect the FERC to hold to their original Order that has correctly denied the ill-conceived Jordan Cove project.”
COOS BAY — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will take more time to make a decision on whether to rehear Pacific Connector and Jordan Cove’s permit applications to build an a gas pipeline and LNG terminal.
Monday’s order stated “in order to afford additional time for consideration of the matters raised or to be raised, rehearing of the Commission’s order is hereby granted for the limited purpose of further consideration, and timely-filed rehearing requests will not be deemed denied by operation of law.”
No timeline was given as to when a decision would be made.
Following FERC’s March 11 order denying the permit applications, Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector filed a request for rehearing on April 8.
FERC had the options of granting the request, denying the request, taking no action, which would have acted as a denial, or today’s course of action to extend the deadline.
While it is unknown when a decision will be made, Jordan Cove LNG spokesperson called Monday’s announcement a positive.
“This gives us more time to solidify the agreements they were seeking,” Hinrich said. “They haven’t confirmed a deadline, but we’ll be continually getting them more information as we move forward.”
The Order does not say the Commission will accept any additional information.
One of the major issues FERC cited in its initial denial was the lack of evidence to support market demands.
To date, Jordan Cove has reached preliminary agreements for 50 percent of the proposed plant’s liquefaction capacity and with the extension, Hinrichs said Jordan Cove will be working towards shoring up agreements for the remaining capacity.
“That is what we are working toward and you can expect more announcements not only from the customer side, but from the pipeline,” Hinrichs said.
Say what? They only have preliminary agreements for 50 percent of the LNG plant’s capacity? Three weeks ago they announced at the Energy & Environment Symposium in Rifle that they had “contractual subscriptions” and “binding agreements” for 77% of capacity.
It’s disappointing to see Coos Bay’s local newspaper The World giving press to more Jordan Cove propaganda. Coos Bay is the community that would be most impacted by the project. Instead of giving Jordan Cove’s mouthpiece Hinrich a bullhorn, The World reporter Devan Patel ought to be asking Hinrich to provide evidence of these “preliminary agreements.” Patel should contact JERA Co., ITOCHU Corp., Macquerie Energy, and Avista Corp. — the companies that have these alleged preliminary agreements or contractual subscriptions or binding agreements with Veresen, the Pacific Pipeline contractor, and ask them for verification.
But he won’t. Because it’s all a ruse. A scam.
The Jordan Cove proponents – including the politicians and the industry, most of them are listed below – are using propaganda to create an artificial and misleading appearance that there is a market for liquefied natural gas. Investors are counting on LNG exports to pull the natural gas market out of its death spiral. Whether or not Jordan Cove lives or dies, they need to pump money – and lots of it – back into the market. With the help of Coos Bay’s The World Newspaper and Grand Junction’s The Daily Sentinel, they promote an artificial market for liquefied natural gas which in turn drives up long-term market speculation in the oil & gas sector.
It’s called market manipulation.
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Which isn’t to say that the Jordan Cove project is comfortably off life support …
Jordan Cove’s fracking fanatics —
U.S. Senators: John Barrasso, Cory Gardner, Mike Enzi, Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee, Michael Bennet
U.S. House of Representatives: Cynthia Lummis, Scott Tipton, Doug Lamborn, Mike Coffman, Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart, Jason Chaffetz, Ken Buck, Mia Love
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Colorado Senators: Ray Scott, Randy Baumgardner
Colorado Representatives: Yeullin Willett, Dan Thurlow, Bob Rankin
Garfield County Commissioners: John Martin, Tom Jankovsky, Mike Samson
Mesa County Commissioners: Scott McInnis, John Justman, Rose Pugliese
Rio Blanco County Commissioners: Jeff Eskelson, Shawn Bolton, Jon Hill
Aron Diaz, Town of Silt Trustee and Republican candidate for Garfield County Commissioner
TJ Tucker, Town of Silt Trustee
Phyllis Norris, Mayor of Grand Junction
AGNC – Associated Governments of Northwestern Colorado
WSCOGA – West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association
Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce
Grand Junction Economic Partnership
Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties
The Daily Sentinel — Grand Junction
City of Rifle, Colorado
Oil & gas operators: FRAM, Caerus, Encana, Genesis Gas and Oil, Gunnison Energy, Laramie Energy, SG Interests, Shear Inc., Ursa