The illusion of fossil fuel exports from USA

domestic oil, coal and conventional nat. gas are past peak
they cannot export fuel that only exists on paper

February 2015 comments
Jordan Cove terminal, Coos Bay, Oregon
LNG import / export / import terminal

click on graphic for PDF version of comments - table of contents listed below

Liquid "Natural" Gas  Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is required

Peaked Energy Alternative
“you can’t export gas that only exists on paper”

Mark Robinowitz, Box 51222, Eugene, OR 97405 - mark @ Cooperation or Collapse
An Uncensored Guide: Earth, energy and money

Table of Contents

NEPA requires a Supplemental EIS when there are “new circumstances.” Conventional natural gas decline and the peaking of shale gas fracking are new circumstances for the “export” terminal, pipeline and power station.

National Environmental Policy Act (not Protection Act)

A faulty idea: building an ultrahazardous LNG terminal in a severe seismic zone with catastrophic tsunamis

“Oregon State warned on building in tsunami zone”

An LNG ship and terminal has the energy potential of a small nuclear bomb

Guidance on Risk Analysis and Safety Implications of a Large Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Spill Over Water, Sandia National Laboratory, December 2004.

LNG terminals stopped in California USA, import terminals built in Baja Mexico

Mexico has stronger community protection standards than Oregon for LNG siting?

Cumulative Impacts ignored

LNG site contamination ignored, whistleblower says

Property impacts: whether import or export

Mississippi Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion Picked Up By Radar

Conventional Natural Gas in decline

200 mile linear clearcut

New Mexico gas crisis, 2011

You cannot export fuel that does not exist

What the Frack? Scraping the bottom of the barrel is not good to the last drop

Fracked gas and oil delayed rationing

Paradox: protesting export plans without confronting exaggerated estimates helps the fossil fuel companies boost their share values - why we should not believe energy companies and their exaggerated estimates of reserves

Environmentalists for Natural Gas

Sierra Club and Chesapeake Energy gas fracking company

The astroturf campaign to ban offshore drilling in Oregon

Export Stupidity by Richard Heinberg, Mar 27, 2014

Oil prices raise questions about Coos Bay LNG plant, The Associated Press FEB. 4, 2015

Did Russia and China just sign a death warrant for U.S. LNG exports? by Kurt Cobb

Exclusive: Oil price crash claims first U.S. LNG project casualty

US Shale Gas Won't Last Ten Years: Bill Powers

Los Angeles Times, May 20 2014: US Department of Energy admits Post Carbon Institute is right about exaggerated estimates of frackable oil reserves in California, downsizes estimate for Monterrey Shale by 96%

Earth, energy and money

Connected Dots: Earth • energy • money

M. King Hubbert on energy and money

David Holmgren, permaculture co-originator

Questionable Renewable Energy Dreams: Where Do We Go from Here by Jan Lundberg

Andrew Nikiforuk's latest book, The Energy of Slaves A Critique of Jacobson and Delucchi’s Proposals for a World Renewable Energy Supply Renewable Energy Cannot Sustain a Consumer Society


Scientific American's Path to Sustainability: Let's Think about the Details

Climate After Growth: Why Environmentalists Must Embrace Post-Growth Economics and Community Resilience

The Oil Price Crash of 2014, Richard Heinberg, December 19, 2014

Our Renewable Future, Richard Heinberg

Energy experts expose export error

The Purposely Confusing World of Energy Politics, by Richard Heinberg 139 SEARCHING FOR A MIRACLE: Net Energy Limits and the Fate of Industrial Society, by Richard Heinberg

Gas Bubble Leaking, About to Burst, by Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute, October 22, 2012

Post Carbon Institute: Will Natural Gas Fuel America in the 21st Century?

“Snake Oil: how fracking’s false promise of plenty imperils our future” by Richard Heinberg

Gas Bubble Leaking, About to Burst

Fracking Fracas: The Trouble with Optimistic Shale Gas Projections by the U.S. Department of Energy, David Hughes

The Shocking Data Behind Shale Oil, Chris Martenson, David Hughes, December 16, 2014

Interview with Art Berman - Part 1 - July 19, 2010

Commentary: Interview with Art Berman—Part 2

Sixty Lame Minutes by James Howard Kunstler

Epic Disappointment by James Howard Kunstler

Shale Gas: Panacea or Chimera?

Bloomberg: U.S. Cuts Estimate for Marcellus Shale Gas Reserves by 66%

Why we aren’t mining methane hydrates now. Or ever. Peak Energy & Resources, Climate Change, and the Preservation of Knowledge by Alice Friedemann

BBC: “The Day the Earth Nearly Died” about Permian mass extinction 252 million years ago caused by methane

Peak Affordable Oil

Why The Promise Of American LNG Exports Is Gassy Hype by Wolf Richter • May 29, 2014

Peak Coal and Peak Oil: declining prospects

Coal Export through Oregon and Washington? coal peaked in USA in 1999, in Pennsylvania in 1920

Oil Export versus Peaked Oil: Oil trains to replace Alaska Pipeline depletion, not to export to Asia

The real exports: raw logs and wood chips

other attachments

Peaked Energy and Climate Chaos: two aspects of overshoot

Peak Money: A Permanent Change Peak Electricity was in 2007 Peak Traffic was in 2007 Peak Airplanes (domestic) was in 2007

A Dam Big Problem: the Willamette Valley tsunami

A lot of the background documentation attached to these comments shows how some of the fuel that will allegedly be exported from the United States of America through Coos Bay, Oregon does not actually exist.
Therefore, this “export” terminal is going to flip back to an import terminal as conventional natural gas declines further and the fracking boom peaks and declines due to geological limits.
I hope that there are other comments submitted for the record that discuss these physical facts, it would be good for other Oregonians to notice depletion and exaggerated estimates from energy companies.
A disclaimer about the attached articles that I did not write: I am merely including them as expert background information on this issue to provide further documentation on the assertions in my comments. These articles are not being submitted on behalf of their authors, merely for the purpose of making their writing easier to find and to be included into the formal record. If you like their writing, subscribe to their email lists, buy their books, donate to their efforts, increase awareness of their good work.


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