San Bruno Blast Should Be|
Final Nail in LNG Coffin
Opinion by Tom Elias
There is no doubt that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has acted at least somewhat more responsibly in the wake of the September natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno than BP, the former British Petroleum, did after its springtime offshore oil platform disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. No one had to jawbone PG&E to set up a $100 million fund for victims the way President Obama had to hammer on BP executives before they agreed to compensate victims of their blast. No one forced PG&E's offer to buy up all the damaged homes at a premium price. But no matter how well PG&E behaves now (and it has yet to clean up its pipeline-maintenance act), one long-term consequence of San Bruno will almost certainly be the death of any and all plans to bring more liquefied natural gas (LNG) to California. Santa Monica Mirror 201010281243
Proposed LNG terminal off Oxnard|
terminated by state commission
The California State Lands Commission terminated Clearwater Port's bid to build a liquefied natural gas terminal off Oxnard's shores after the company abandoned its application. An application is terminated after six months of inactivity and the Clearwater proposal has been dormant for more than a year, according to a letter the commission sent to the company last week. While the company still may try to establish an LNG terminal in the future, it decided to abort this bid because of a combination of factors. Those factors include a weak natural gas market, difficulties meeting California's design standards, and uncertainty over how legislation aimed at curbing greenhouse gases may impact the business, said Joseph Desmond, a senior vice president with NorthernStar Natural Gas, Clearwater Port’s parent company. "We are in a position to reopen the file at some point in the future," Desmond said, adding the company just renewed its option to lease or buy the oil platform on which the terminal was proposed. Ventura County Star 201003161708
PICTURE THIS HOLE AT GONZALES AND VENTURA!|
This 30-inch natural gas pipeline took out 12 campers in the desert. How many folks would perish, how many people burned, disfigured, and otherwise injured, were this to occur in Oxnard?
NorthernStar Natural Gas Inc. took over Crystal Energy's Clearwater Port proposal. One of their options is to run a high-pressure natural gas pipeline from the Mandalay power plant area across Gonzales Road to Del Norte Blvd. and then north to the gas pumping station north of Mesa School. This means thousands of Oxnard residents would be in constant danger from potential explosions as pictured above. The Ventura County Fire Chief has publicly stated that there are an average of six (6) natural gas pipeline accidents each month somewhere in our county. Why do we humans persist in pursuing the most dangerous methods of energy production? Southern California deserts are capable of producing enough electricty to power all energy needs (24/7/365) in the Continental United States via commercial solar operations! This technology exists: Small such electricty generating plants are now being constructed, others have been running for 20 years or so. The only real deterrents are cost and slow returns on investment. Just as with personal computers (the original IBM 8086 PC cost $4,000) these costs and returns will greatly improve as their use widens. Let's 'Go Solar' thereby saving our planet and, incidentally, saving thousands of human lives!
Corrosion of Natural Gas Pipeline
Rupture and Fire Near Carlsbad, New Mexico, Aug. 19, 2000
Accident Synopsis: At 5:26 a.m., mountain daylight time, on Saturday, August 19, 2000, a 30-inch diameter natural gas transmission pipeline operated by El Paso Natural Gas Company (EPNG) ruptured adjacent to the Pecos River near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The released gas ignited and burned for 55 minutes. Twelve persons who were camping under a concrete-decked steel bridge that supported the pipeline across the river were killed and their three vehicles destroyed. Two nearby steel suspension bridges for gas pipelines crossing the river were extensively damaged. According to EPNGS property and other damages or losses totaled $998,296.
No future for LNG on the West Coast|
Commentary by Thomas D. Elias
Memo to NorthernStar Natural Gas, Woodside Energy, Mitsubishi Corp., and other would-be developers of liquefied natural gas facilities in California and elsewhere on the West Coast: Forget it. At least for another decade or two. That’s a message they should have gotten in the early days of last winter, when reports from the former George W. Bush administration’s Energy Department and the staffs of two key state agencies concluded that neither California nor the United States in general will be needing more LNG anytime in the foreseeable future. In fact, those reports predicted a huge drop in LNG imports over the next 20 years, with the federal experts expecting that LNG will account for just 3 percent of all natural gas used in America by 2030, compared with 16 percent today. Ventura County Star 20090403