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Exploration Co. gets it, why not Shell?
Kudos’ to Governor
Kathleen Blanco and her stand on LNG. She
stood strong and the oil companies are starting to read the handwriting on the
wall, well most of them anyway.
McMoRan revised its plans
and now will use a closed-loop system in which some of the imported gas, rather
than seawater, will be used to warm the liquefied gas.
It is hoped other companies proposing
"open-loop" LNG terminals off our Louisiana coast will follow
McMoRan's lead and use the more environmentally friendly technology that is
available for their projects.
Shell continues to go
forward with their plans to build an Open Loop LNG facility.
Shell has said many times that it would not be economically feasible to
build offshore LNG facilities unless they were built open loop.
I guess the McMoRan
Exploration Co. didn’t buy the rhetoric any more than the thousands of every
day people that petitioned Shell to go closed loop and protect our environment.
Another reason stated by
Shell’s Shell's Executive Director, Gas & Power, Linda Cook was: The option
of closed loop vaporisers, which is the alternative to open loop, it not without
disadvantages. Closed loop vaporisers result in the use of 2% of the natural gas
that comes through the asset. It also results in a ignorantly more greenhouse
gas emissions and can disrupt wetlands.
What Linda Cook does not tell you is that
all of the LNG fuel will be used somewhere on this earth
and that the green house emissions will be no less if the LNG facility is open
loop. The only difference is who
pays for the 2% of the natural gas. It
appears to me that Shell doesn’t feel that protecting our Gulf Marine
Environment is worth their companies 2% investment.
I am proud of the result
of the tremendous effort put forth by all of us that fought the LNG battle,
which certainly includes the thousands, and thousands of RodnReel readers that
made it clear to our politicians that they want our Gulf Marine Environment
Governor Kathleen Blanco
heard the message loud and clear and threw down the gauntlet.
Governor, keep up the
fight; let’s get those oil revenues that Louisiana deserves and let’s take
every step we must in order to insure the restoration of our coasts and protection
of our wetlands.
Shell you may have flown
under the radar of the political awareness of the Governor and others to get
your permit; but you will not escape the microscope of public scrutiny should
you continue to pursue open loop technology.
Your peers will prove
that you could have profited handsomely and protected our Gulf Marine
Environment but you chose not to.
In the end the only
explanation for your position will become apparently clear… strictly profit,
so much for Shell's “Good Neighbor Policy”.
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