Tuesday, November 17, 2009

LNG Court Decision on CRMC- Not the end for Hess

Yesterday's story in the Providence Journal by Gene Emery entitled "RI Council has no say on LNG Terminal in Mount Hope Bay" surprised many readers (read it here: http://www.projo.com/news/content/LNG_APPEALS_11-16-09_9AGFAOB_v7.38afa95.html ). The story reports on the decision of the Court Of Appeals, which affirmed that the RI Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) lost its opportunity to object to the project .

Some people who called and wrote to Save The Bay yesterday thought that the crazy Hess Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) proposal for Mount Hope Bay was dead of its own weight, and were stunned to see it clear another hurdle. Some were angry at CRMC for losing in this case, and even angrier at company officials for characterizing the Appeals Court Decision as an effective endorsement of the project.

Let's put it into perspective: The Hess LNG/Weaver's Cove proposal for a massive gas tanker platform and pipeline in the middle of Mount Hope Bay is FAR from a done deal. While RICRMC may have been sidelined by this decision, the Massachusetts equivalent, MACZM, is still actively challenging the project along with other Mass agencies and elected officials. The project still needs about 21 different approvals from Federal, State, and local agencies, the most significant of which revolve around an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the project that has yet to be released to the public.

We don't know for sure when the EIS will come out, but we expect it sometime in the next few months. When it is released, there will be public hearings and an open public comment period. The EIS is the public's best opportunity to weigh in and stop this thing.

As readers of this blog know, Save The Bay has long opposed this project based on its direct threats to Bay life and habitat, its unreasonable and unfair interference with other uses of the Bay, its damaging impacts on the Bay's coastal communites, and its negative impacts on the Bay economy. While a few people still buy Hess' spurious claims of job creation and lower gas prices, most, including the elected officials and Congressional delgations of both states, see the project as bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and unsafe for people who live and work on and around the Bay.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will step up our opposition, and activate our membership and networks to fight it with everything we've got. For more on what you can do, check out our website at http://www.savebay.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=318 . Also, feel free to drop me an e-mail at jtorgan@savebay.org with any questions or comments. We've worked too hard for too many years to clean up Mount Hope Bay and Narragansett Bay to allow one private company to take it over for their exclusive financial gain. Thanks for your support, and never give up! We can win this. -JT


  1. Anonymous11:20 AM

    LNG is clean, low cost, domestic energy. There are already moving security zones every time a gas tanker comes up the bay. I sail my boat in other parts of the Bay when they are transiting. Few will notice any inconvenience. STB is being over reactionary on this one, and is very close to loosing me as a long time supporter if they keep up this nonsense.

  2. Anonymous9:33 AM

    LNG is not "domestic" energy.

    No comparison between size of tankers and other commercial vessels that now use Narragansett Bay and that of the massive supertankers used in bringing LNG from foreign ...often hostile ...countries.

    Kudos to Save the Bay for undertaking this campaign.