Elba Island LNG Expansion Approved

LNG.

Three letters which have been on the minds of many folks for almost a decade.

After this week’s decision by FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Kinder Morgan gave us a statement which reads.

“We are pleased that the Elba Liquefaction Project and expansion projects for Elba Express Company and Southern Natural Gas have been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  They will enhance natural gas resource development in the United States and provide support for industrial use in Georgia and the region.  In particular, the Elba Liquefaction Project stands to be a positive factor in the overall balance of trade between the U.S. and other countries, as well as generate significant local and state benefits for the Savannah area and Georgia.”

Link to Kinder Morgan Elba Island project:
http://www.kindermorgan.com/pages/business/gas_pipelines/projects/elbaLNG

Its the apparent end to a battle which has been going on for almost a decade.

“The thing about trucking LNG in an urban area is trucking obliterates distance. trucking brings the risk right into your community,” said Fred Miller, hazardous chemicals expert in 2010.

“There have been no incidents or major spills in over 40 years of transporting LNG in the U.S,” said Bruce Hughes, President of Southeast LNG in 2011.

Those quotes were from meetings and hearings that date back to 2010. When the plans and controversy started about the Liquified Natural Gas plant on Elba Island.

Now the $2.3 billion dollar project has gotten the go ahead. The plant will now convert from an importer of the volatile LNG to an exporter. The first of 10 liquefaction units is expected to be placed in service in the second quarter of 2018, with the remaining nine units coming online before the end of 2018.

“We were not surprised, we were kind of expecting this result,” said Karen Grainey of the Sierra Club.

The Sierra Club has been one of the groups protesting the plan, and the potential of 10,000 more trucks on the road, and the impact they believe it will have on our environment.

“We found out it would be like a 700% increase in greenhouse gas emissions but there would also be additions in particulate matters and other pollutants,” explained Grainey.

Grainey calls the expansion a danger to our quality of life, and a threat to the 3 mile wide area surrounding the plant.

“They (kinder Morgan and FERC) don’t consider what would happen if they had a cascading worse case scenario where explosion in one place would cause damage in another, a domino effect,” said Grainey.

But Kinder Morgan officials did everything by the book. But Karen and many other still don’t feel was enough.

She is now asking for a re-hearing, and a full environmental impact statement.

“Our basis for requesting one is we think FERC has not complied with the national environmental policy act,” explained Grainey. “And we think they have not met the requirements of that law by not doing an environmental impact statement.

“i dont know if it will make any difference but there’s only one way to find out.”

If you would ike to join the call for a re-hearing, just go to: http://ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp

You have to put in docket #cp14-103

Anyone, not just environmental groups, can leave a comment on the FERC site.

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