Energy and Natural Resources Committee Announces Natural Gas Forums
Washington, D.C. – Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced that the Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a series of three forums on natural gas issues over seven days in May. The series builds on a full-committee hearing in February that looked broadly at opportunities and challenges for natural gas.
The forums will be open to the public and will include input from members and a variety of stakeholders. They will be held in a roundtable format to encourage discussion and allow flexibility to find areas of agreement. The Energy Committee and others have used this format in the past on issues such as healthcare, tax reform and even natural gas, in 2005.
May 16: “Infrastructure, Transportation, Research and Innovation”
What are the next applications for natural gas and how this new demand will be met? Pipeline infrastructure and increased use of natural gas in the transportation sector will be specific points of interest.
May 21: “Domestic Supply and Exports”
This forum will examine estimates of domestic supply and the potential benefits or unintended consequences caused by expansion of natural gas exports.
May 23: “Shale Development: Best Practices and Environmental Concerns”
The final forum will focus on the extraction of gas from shale. Particular topics of interest will be current best practices within the industry and environmental concerns to be addressed.
Thank you to everyone that has helped make this film a success!
This week, the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas announced it is launching a national campaign to tout the benefits of exporting the limited and controversial fuel, natural gas.
With head-swirling statements that exporting gas would grow our economy, create jobs and improve the environment, the Center blatantly contradicts not only natural gas industry experts, but also a U.S. government study regarding energy price impacts.
According to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, exporting LNG would increase U.S. natural gas prices by up to 54%, undercutting America’s economic advantage of cheap gas.
The Industrial Energy Consumers of America are critical of exports, due to the increase of energy rates expected, which would harm manufacturers and job-producers. Their president, Paul Cicio stated, “In the end, it’s going to be every homeowner, every farmer buying fertilizer, and every manufacturer trying to create jobs who is going to be hurt by this”.
Increasing exports of natural gas would place an increased pressure on suppliers to increase fracking, the controversial, dangerous and environmentally destructive form of gas extraction sweeping rural communities across the nation.
As the Presidential candidates debate our economy and our energy future, it is clear to see that opposing the exporting of natural gas is the clear choice for American Energy Independence and the economy.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is asking for your input on what impacts to consider when exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to China (see below on the Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector proposal and request for emails).
FERC is holding four public hearings to ask your input on this proposal. Click here for suggested talking points.
Monday, August 27, 2012, 6:30pm
Southwestern Oregon Community College
Hales Performing Arts Center
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 6:30pm
Umpqua Community College
Campus Center Dining Room
1140 Umpqua College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470
Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 6:30pm
Oregon Institute of Technology
College Union Auditorium
3201 Campus Dr.
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 6:30pm
Medford School District
Education Center Auditorium
815 S. Oakdale Ave.
Medford, OR 97501
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is asking for your input on what impacts to consider when exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to China. The Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector proposal would include the impacts of building a 235-mile pipeline through southern Oregon, cutting through nearly 400 streams, likely using eminent domain, clear-cutting through 80 miles of public forests, decreasing national energy supplies and increasing domestic prices by exporting U.S. natural gas from a terminal in Coos Bay.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is expected to be released this winter, but now, within the next 30 days, FERC wants to hear from the public on what issues to include in the DEIS.
30 days is not near enough time.
Natural gas companies envision U.S. LNG exports to China as a new cash cow. Federal regulators should give the American public a reasonable amount of time to provide input on this precedent-setting proposal.
Please ask FERC to extend the public commenting time. More time is needed for this complicated and wide-reaching project that includes impacts to public forests, endangered fish and wildlife, climate change, family farms, domestic gas prices for homes, businesses and manufacturers as well as the cumulative impacts of fracking more gas in the Rockies.
TAKE ACTION: Tell FERC that 30 days is not enough time for the public to provide comments on this proposal. Please click here to send a quick email to Paul Friedman, the FERC representative for this project, and ask him to convey to the FERC commissioners that they should extend the comment time to at least 60 days.
With a focus on national energy implications of exporting domestic natural gas, the film will take a tour of local impacts while aiming to motivate new communities to take action.
Shooting and production of the film has already begun, but we need your help to see it through. Visit our kickstarter page and help us get this project completed!
See the teaser and learn more here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1870690291/southern-oregon-vs-lng
The company behind the proposed Pacific Connector LNG Pipeline is hosting public meetings this week in Coos, Douglas, Jackson and Klamath Counties. The 235-mile pipeline would move domestic natural gas across southern Oregon to be exported to Asian markets via the proposed Jordan Cove LNG terminal near Coos Bay.
This massive dirty energy project targeting southern Oregon threatens to harm private property, gas ratepayers and rivers and streams in our region. In early June, the Pacific Connector Pipeline company officially filed their pre-application to export domestic natural gas, which triggers a new start in the federal permitting process.
Please join us in attending these meetings to gain more information and to voice your opposition.
Monday, June 25, 6pm: Roseburg Umpqua Community College, Lang reception center
Tuesday, June 26, 6pm: Coos Bay, Red Lion
Wednesday, June 27, 6pm: Klamath Falls, Shilo Inn
Thursday, June 28, 6pm: Medford, Rogue Regency (please join us at 5:30 for a pre-meeting rally – click for facebook event).
All meetings are 6-8pm with a 7pm slide presentation.