Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy
African American Environmentalist Association
Broadwater Long Island Sound LNG Project
The partnership of TransCanada and Shell (Broadwater Energy) wanted to build an LNG facility in the middle of the Long Island Sound. The project received approval of its environmental impact statement (EIS) by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The Center/AAEA supported the project, but the proponents did not adopt our recommendations and this project, like the others described below, failed in getting approval for the required state permits.
Long Beach LNG Project
January 2007 - The five-member Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously voted to end an environmental review of the Sound Energy Solutions (SES) proposal for an onshore LNG facility. SES is a partnership of Mitsubishi Corp. and ConocoPhillips to build a $700-million liquefied natural gas plant.
Safety was the major concern cited for voting against the project. Commissioners felt that there would be the potential for a catastrophic natural gas explosion that could kill hundreds of people and devastate much of the Long Beach waterfront.
The Center/AAEA took no position on this project, although we believe a mutually beneficial agreement could have been reached between project sponsors and opponents if our recommendations had been adopted.
BHP Billiton LNG Project
The California State Lands Commission voted 2-1 on April 9, 2007 to reject Australia energy giant BHP Billiton's Cabrillo Port Project proposal to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal 14 miles off the coast of Oxnard, California, which is 20 miles north of Malibu. (More: The Malibu Times)
The Center/AAEA supported this project and believes it would have been approved if the proponents of the project had adopted our recommendations. Oxnard, California is a rural community with a large Hispanic population.
AES Sparrows Point LNG Project
March 2008 - The AES proposal to build an LNG project adjacent to the old Bethlehem Steel site at Sparrows Point is in limbo. A Russian steel company, Severstal, purchased the Sparrows Point site from Mittal Steel. It will be interesting to see how this will affect the AES proposal. The project is near a minority community.
The Center/AAEA took no position on this project but made recommendations to AES that we believe could have led to a mutual agreement on the project among stakeholders. AES has yet to adopt the Center/AAEA recommendations. Without doing so this project will never be approved.
A three-judge federal appeals court has struck down a Baltimore County law designed to stop the project. The 10-page opinion by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with AES, which charged that the county overstepped its authority to create zoning regulations and interfered with the National Gas Act.The ruling came weeks after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recommended conditional approval for the LNG terminal and an 88-mile pipeline to be built to southern Pennsylvania.
The Baltimore County Council passed an amendment to its Coastal Zone Management plan in 2007 that prohibited LNG plants and other facilities, such as oil refineries, in environmentally sensitive coastal areas.The state Critical Area Commission adopted the change in June, and that same month U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett upheld the county law. Lawyers for AES appealed, saying that the county is attempting to circumvent the federal approval process for energy projects.
[Aug 2008] Baltimore County will take its opposition to the proposed liquefied natural gas terminal at Sparrows Point to the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeal will challenge the May decision of a federal appellate court that said the county overstepped its authority to create zoning regulations and interfered with the National Gas Act.
Washington Gas Chillum LNG Project
Washington Gas is proposing an LNG storage tank in Prince George's County, Maryland just across the Washington, DC border in a minority community. (More) The project has been rejected by the county council and there is legislation pending in the state legislature that would kill this project.
The Center/AAEA took no position on this project but made recommendations to Washington Gas and local community stakeholders that could lead to a mutually acceptable agreement concerning this project. Washington Gas has not adopted the AAEA recommendations and this project will never be approved.
Massachusetts Lawmakers Protest LNG Terminal
April 19, 2006 - - Four members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation:
all Democrats, wrote to the Coast Guard protesting a planned liquefied natural gas terminal in Fall River, to the west of Cape Cod. The letter urged the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant to stop the project in its tracks. The letter came after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) declined to revisit its approval last year of the Weavers Cove Energy plans to construct an LNG terminal on the banks of the Taunton River. The commissions decision leaves Coast Guard review as the last major federal regulatory hurdle for the project, which faces fierce state and local opposition, including plans to challenge the project in federal court. The letter urges the Coast Guard to consider the safety of nearby residents when reviewing the proposal, saying the terminal would pose an unacceptable risk as a terrorist target in the densely populated city of Fall River.