Friday, July 26, 2013

Rockaway Lateral Pipeline Expansion Missing from Port Ambrose LNG Port/Pipeline Maps

Typical Map offered by Liberty Natural Gas LLC, seen in news stories always leaves out the proposed Rockaway Lateral Pipeline expansion through Riis beach and Gateway National Recreation Area

 I have been counting news stories about Port Ambrose, the LNG Deepwater Port/pipeline project currently proposed for offshore Long Island and the most likely expansion to follow the Rockaway Lateral Project though Williams has long been saying no LNG project would be associated with their project. So far only one reporter has connected the Rockaway Lateral Project with this proposal, Sarah Crean over at Gotham Gazette who has done a few stories and some of the most involved on the Rockaway Pipeline to date. Right now the ratio of stories that mention Rockaway Lateral pipeline along with Port Amrbose looks a lot like the odds of winning at a Roulette table. Maybe 36 to 1.

What's missing from the map above is the proposed Rockaway Lateral Expansion through Gateway National Recreation Area. How bad a map is this one provided by Liberty Natural Gas LLC? Pretty bad if one considers that pipelines are regulated by the PHMSA which is part of the Department of Transportation. I mean wouldn't a road map that left out the Verrazano bridge be a little ridiculous? Obviously Rockaway Lateral is not built yet as we are still waiting on the draft EIS for this project, but anyone who has seen a map of the Rockaway Lateral can see where it is going to go. Jacob Riis beach and Floyd Bennett Field are clearly visible on the map above and the green line from New Jersey to Long Beach, Long Island represents Transco's existing 26 inch New York Lower Bay Lateral which the 26 inch Rockaway Lateral will be built off of. The black and white line represents the proposed 26 inch pipeline that will from the proposed Port Amrbose LNG import facility to interconnect with the existing New York Bay Lateral just a hair east of the Rockaway Peninsula. . Exactly how difficult would it have been for Liberty Natural Gas LLC to add another line representing the proposed Rockaway pipeline through Riis beach and Floyd Bennett? I mean they registered as an intervenor in the Rockaway Project under docket CP13-36 over 5 months ago so it's not like the project is a mystery to them.

Wonder what the odds are that another reporter makes the connection before the Rockaway pipeline is approved? Pretty slim I imagine. So the story of the Rockaway Project and the real facts of it will remain as illusive to find out as ever. Pretty handy I would say for the companies and politicians that want these projects built.

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