On Sunday, the Post Independent jumped onto the Jordan Cove PR bandwagon with this re-hash of the latest propaganda.
Local governments and natural gas producers on the Western Slope and other supporters of two natural gas projects in Oregon received some good news last week when federal regulators announced they would reopen the door to both proposals.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order granting an extension for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal project in Coos Bay, Oregon, and the application for the 232-mile-long Pacific Connector pipeline that would feed natural gas to the terminal …
… The proposed Pacific Connector would connect with existing pipelines, and transport that gas to the planned Jordan Cove facility where it would be exported to markets in the Pacific and potentially elsewhere.
That potential long-term economic shot in the arm for local natural gas producers has led to widespread support from the industry and local governments, including the city of Rifle. Days before FERC’s recent order, City Council approved a letter requesting the commission to “act quickly” in granting a rehearing and approving the project …
Click here to read the letter from the City of Rifle.
There’s a lot I could say about the content of the letter. Instead I’ll just correct this inaccuracy:
“The Jordan Cove export facility is the only viable LNG facility on the West coast that would directly link Colorado to new energy markets via the Ruby Pipeline which originates in Northwest Colorado and carries natural gas from this region to western states.”
Here is a pipeline map. The Ruby Pipeline is colored bright green. It runs from Oregon to Wyoming, never passing through Colorado. And oh, BTW, Veresen owns the Ruby Pipline. Veresen is the Canadian company behind the phantom Pacific Connector Pipeline.
… The support from Rifle is one more example of a larger effort that David Ludlam, executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association, called the most bipartisan issue he has ever worked on.
He pointed to the public support from Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, and U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, a Democrat and Republican. With other elected officials on opposite sides of partisan lines voicing support, Ludlam said this project’s ability to transcend standard political divides should demonstrate a widespread belief in the public value of the project …
Ouch. Ludlam must’ve pulled a muscle with that stretch. Since when does support from elected officials translate as public support? Everyone knows that elected officials in Colorado are beholden to the oil & gas industry. There’s no public support for the Jordan Cove Project in Colorado. If there was we would have seen the polling numbers by now.
But I’m just being picky. The real problem with this article is that it fails to mention the words Canada or Canadian. Like the fact that Veresen is a Canadian company.
Two years ago, in February 2014, the Canadian National Energy Board approved a long-term license to Veresen Inc., to export natural gas from Canada to the United States.
… The exported natural gas will supply Veresen’s proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) export project located in Coos Bay, Oregon. The issuance of the licence to export natural gas is subject to approval of the Governor in Council.
“This favourable National Energy Board decision is another important step forward in the development of our Jordan Cove LNG project,” said Don Althoff, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our proposed LNG facility would provide western Canadian producers with access to large, new markets, primarily using existing natural gas infrastructure and our project is well-positioned to generate long-term benefits for the energy industry” …
The Transcanada pipeline already links Canadian gas fields to Malin, Oregon. Canada is just looking for a route to get Canadian gas to the west coast. Vancouver said no way. So they came to Oregon.
This is a Canadian project to sell Canadian gas.
Colorado’s fracking fanatics know this. But they don’t care because that’s not the point of their propaganda campaign.
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, Grand Junction’s The Daily Sentinel, and the Glenwood Springs Post Indpendent, 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.
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
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
City of Rifle, Colorado
Oil & gas operators: FRAM, Caerus, Encana, Genesis Gas and Oil, Gunnison Energy, Laramie Energy, SG Interests, Shear Inc., Ursa