Now that Oregon LNG admits it wants to export gas, how will it get massive volumes of gas to Warrenton, OR? Williams Pipeline Company disclosed that it will build 136 miles of new, high-pressure pipeline across the State of Washington in order to feed North American gas to Asia via Oregon LNG’s proposed export terminal. Segments of the new LNG pipeline would run from Washington’s northern border south to Woodland, Washington, threatening hundreds of landowners and communities along the way. See full map here.
Oregon LNG failed to include the huge new proposal in its application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In a July 16, 2012 letter, FERC told Oregon LNG that FERC will evaluate the Williams Pipeline in Washington in the same Environmental Impact Statement as the LNG export terminal. This makes sense. FERC is not allowing Oregon LNG to piecemeal the project. Instead FERC’s review will include the impacts of a huge new pipeline on family farms, forests, and streams in Washington.
See the Oregonian’s coverage of this important issue. Oregon residents successfully fought off the LNG pipeline proposal through the Willamette Valley. Now, Oregon LNG has set its sights on Washington.
Pacific NW Consumers Will Pay More for Energy if LNG Exports Go Forward
The combined Oregon LNG/Williams Expansion projects will force Pacific Northwest gas customers to outbid high-priced Asian markets for North American natural gas. The project will increase prices for every NW resident. Paul Cicio, President of the Industrial Energy Consumers of America, 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.”