Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Some Misinformation on Port Ambrose LNG making news

The usual suspects, ministers of misinformation- Jessica Roff (center) and Patrick Robbins (far left) described as representing New Yorkers Against Fracking and Sane Energy Project this time. 

1.)  I've pulled a few lines from On Rockaway.com's coverage of a recent informational "community" meeting on the Port Ambrose LNG deepwater port that demonstrate what I have seen over the last several years with fractivists, the news and the Rockaway Project.
"On Monday night, two environmental activists came to the Macedonia Baptist Church in Arverne to point out their opposition to a small group of residents, journalists and politicians. In fact, of the fifteen people at the meeting, only four were residents without a financial reason to be at the meeting."

My interpretation of the two succinct sentences above is that they are spot on. They essentially describe what I have observed with the antifracking "movement's" efforts with the Rockaway Project and Port Ambrose project over the last two and half years: a small number of people with it seems unbelievable influence can produce almost complete misinformation campaigns from start to finish and never be called out for this.  These activists have incredible access mainly to journalists and politicians who often simply repeat what the activists say with zero fact-checking as the story in the Rockaway Times below demonstrates.

2.) The Rockaway Times prints misinformation written by Community Board 14 member John Cori on Port Ambrose,  brought to them by it seems the usual suspects at a community "informational hearing". The usual suspect sources are Patrick Robbins, now of Sane Energy formerly of Occupy the Pipeline, who generally considers himself to be an expert on all things energy, pipeline (and capitalism too) and Jessica Roff of New Yorkers Against Fracking. There is a direct link between the misinformation in John Cori's piece and the misguided and frankly obnoxious activism by the antifracking movement on the Rockaway pipeline project.

This time around though, we have a new twist to the equation, what is the true planned use of the LNG Port off of our shores?
Liberty Natural Gas LLC, Port Ambrose deepwater port, the projects applicant, claims the port’s use is solely for import only! The fears, raised by Jessica and Patrick, are that once the application is approved the port can and will easily be approved to become an export facility. This concern makes a lot of sense as New York State may very soon become the latest state to allow fracking.'

It's unlikely that John Cori actually realizes just how profound and sustained the misinformation campaign that Patrick Robbins and Jessica Roff are part of has been. I've witnessed it personally for two and half years and it still blows my mind. Mr. Cori perhaps still thinks the Rockaway project is a project that delivers 650,000dths per day of fracked gas straight from upstate New York which is probably how Jessica Roff has described it to him. Even though he attended the draft EIS hearing on the Rockaway project its likely he didn't realize that this draft was for two projects that were 85% about redistributing existing supplies and only 15% by volume about incremental gas. What I've noticed is that the loudest people tend only to hear themselves.

3.) And Dan Radel has a piece published over in Jersey  where Jim Walsh of Food and Water Watch opines that "there is no doubt in his mind the long term plan for this is to send this stuff overseas."  I doubt that Mr. Walsh of Food and Water Watch has ever read a single document on the Port Ambrose project, which has always been described as an LNG delivery project.

There is an alarming thing happening with activism, very specifically fractivism and the environmental groups or progressive "coalitions" associated with it today. Recent history is being erased and completely fictional accounts take their place. There are many many many times more inaccurate accounts produced by "reporters" on the Rockaway pipeline project than accounts that even come close to reality or fact. The same is true for social media information on the Rockaway project and for news on Port Ambrose.  More than a year ago even the NYtimes reported on Port Ambrose, mentioning the exporting conspiracy theory and featured Bruce Ferguson saying:

 Skeptics contend that the port is just a backdoor way for Liberty Natural Gas to build an export business, which would be more profitable than importation. The port would operate near the Marcellus Shale, which lies beneath parts of New York and Pennsylvania and contains natural gas that could be tapped, should a state moratorium on the extraction process known as hydrofracking be lifted.
 “I think these companies are determined to get in early,” said Bruce Ferguson, a founder of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy. “An import facility just isn’t credible. If there’s a deepwater port off Long Island, it’s going to be irresistible to fracking.” 

What isn't credible in that article is Bruce Ferguson's theory that Port Ambrose was going to be "irrestible to fracking". The narrative that Port Ambrose is secretly or obviously for export is deliberate misinformation. It was a year and a half ago when the NYtimes article on Port Ambrose featuring antifracking activist Bruce Ferguson, (who describes himself at that New Yorkers Against Fracking Link essentially as proud to be loud ) was published and it still is today. The unfunny joke is that many of these same activists will give great speeches about democracy and truth or public participation at public hearings. Currently they are asking MarAD to extend the public comment time frame on the Port Ambrose draft EIS all the while making it almost impossible for the public to even understand what it is they might be commenting on.

I'm pretty sure I am commenting right now right here on something that is profoundly wrong.

 (I used a screenshot of onrockaway.com's coverage in this post.)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Port Ambrose LNG project just one example of the "relentlessness" of the antifracking movement

United For Action via Edie Kantrowitz launching rumor that Port Ambrose is an export facility days before the first public meetings on the project (summer 2013)

The antifracking movement in NY State is relentless all right. Above United for Action decides to call an LNG delivery project an export project so they can talk about fracking. And below Sandra Steingraber also calling the Port Ambrose project an export facility so she can talk about fracking.  Ms. Steingraber likely just passed on the information she was supplied. United for Action, on the other hand, is much more culpable. They were made aware that Liberty Natural Gas LLC had intervened in the Rockaway pipeline project docket in early February of 2013 and that the project was for import not export.  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How Extensive is the Antifracking Movement's Deceit on Port Ambrose?

Craig Stevens at Long Beach hearing contributing to his "movements" deceit about the Port Ambrose LNG delivery project in summer 2013

The antifracking movement's conspiracy theory that the Port Ambrose LNG delivery project currently proposed for offshore of Long Island is secretly an export project is widespread among the NY state antifracking movement. From Sandra Steingraber via her 30 days against fracking (and LNG) regs to Craig Stevens who took it upon himself to appear at both the Port Ambrose LNG meeting last summer and the draft EIS hearing on the rockaway project.

One can read Bruce Ferguson opine on how this project is of course for export in many places. Here's one: http://nyagainstfracking.org/governor-cuomo-veto-port-ambrose-now-3/  Ooh and here is another:  https://indypendent.org/2014/04/04/wind-waves-and-liquified-natural-gas

What are some facts about Liberty's Port Ambrose project, the prior LNG delivery project proposed for offshore of Long Island's coast and the Rockaway lateral project?

1. In 2009, the company that wanted to build the prior proposal said in writing in the prefile docket that in their opinion the Rockaway Lateral Project would "help facilitate" their own ability to deliver incremental supply. This company also stated that Williams was providing misleading information about their knowledge of this LNG delivery project.

2. It is hard to fathom how Liberty Natural Gas LLC could deliver the amount of incremental supply that their Port Ambrose project is described as being able to deliver without the Rockaway Lateral Project expansion. It is likewise hard to fathom how anyone at all who is a registered intervenor or who has read any specific details on the Rockaway Project could entertain the thought that Port Ambrose is secretly intended for export.

3. The fractivist movement was supplied this info a long time ago and also repeatedly. This information however would not provide the antifracking movement a convenient excuse to rally on Long Island so they simply chose to lie.

Some Fractivist tactics-- what successful movements are made of

http://saneenergyproject.org/port-ambrose-liquefied-natural-gas-off-long-islands-shores/  Clare Donahue and friends interpretation of what Port Ambrose, an LNG delivery project is. (Hint: The only tactic I have ever seen these activists use is deceit)

With todays perhaps surprising news that the Cuomo administration will ban fracking in NY, I have seen many tweets and statements celebrating the power of "the antifracking movement", most of course written by those in "the movement". Having seen up close and personal how this "movement" operates over the last two plus years, I can only say that the lesson I have learned is that the most necessary ingredient for a movement's success is to be willing to win no matter what the cost. What was the cost for this movement to win in NY state? It's hard to say as the cost may not be completely tabulated yet if as the governor anticipates lawsuits do ensue.

For my part, I think it's fair to say that one of the costs is that the environmental movement has lost a lot of credibility. They certainly don't appear to be too concerned with facts. Nor do they appear to care much about the people they run over along the way.

Recently a video was produced by the fractivist movement, specifically by two women, Susan Van Dolsen and Betta Broad. Neither has any connection specifically with Gateway National Recreation Area or the Rockaways. The video produced under the Love New York Don't Frack It Up campaign is interesting to say the least. It features restaurant owners, Councilman Donavan Richards-- people with zero activity at all in the Rockaway Pipeline issue. And it ends with a conspiracy created by the antifracking movement: that the LNG delivery project known as Port Ambrose is secretly intended to be an export project. Via Love NY Don't Frack it Up's social media efforts and the tweets of others, I've learned that their Rockaway episode was recently screened at Queens College. This is one way "movements" work-- through deceit.

A draft EIS was recently released on the Port Ambrose project which the antifracking movement has deliberately chosen to create a conspiracy theory on. A notice from the United States Coast Guard says the following:

"Please note that this application is only for the construction and operation of a deepwater port that could only be used as a natural gas import facility. The considerable technical, operational, and environmental differences between import and export operations for natural gas deepwater ports is such that any licensed deepwater port facility that proposed to convert from import to export operations would be required to submit a new license application (including application fee) and conform to all licensing requirements and regulations in effect at such time of application. In addition to payment of the application fee, licensing requirements include, but are not limited to, completion of an extensive environmental impact assessment and financial resources review which would include public participation."

Liberty Natural Gas LLC intervened in the Rockaway Lateral FERC docket in the winter of 2013. Pretty soon that will be two years ago. Liberty stated that their project might be effected by the outcome of the Rockaway Lateral docket. The last company that wanted to build an LNG project offshore of the Rockaways in 2009 in the Rockaway prefile docket said that the Rockaway lateral expansion would "help facilitate" their ability to deliver new supply.  Unlike Susan Van Dolsen and Betta Broad's theory that Port Ambrose is likely intended for export, there is actually a document that backs up what I am saying. 

Susan Van Dolsen is a liar. So is Betta Broad. So is Sandra Steingraber as Ms. Steingraber herself has written about how Port Ambrose is certainly secretly intended to export Marcellus Shale Gas. That is what it generally takes to win though. (that and some Occupy puppets!)

I guess there could be a silver lining in that this issue in NY state will be resolved. However, since I've recently seen Kim Fraczek of Occupy and Sane Energy in the news giving advice on other pipeline infrastructure, via Sane Energy's anti-infrastructure campaingn (the You are Here Map campaign) I tend to think "the movement" is just beginning its reign. 

Below some "movement" members from their antifracking campout at Floyd Bennett Field in the summer of 2013. 

Dominic RyanBecky Wartell,Owsspag ApolloDanovis SchuffordSteve Powersuit,Andrea LomantoKaos RageDesirĂ©e J. DeLoachAllan EatonSusanne IkekpolorMonica HunkenKim Fraczekand Minister Erik R. McGregor.