U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) recently lashed out at the U.S. Department of Energy for approving the export of domestic natural gas via pipeline to a Canadian shipping port, according to a recent article on MassLive.com. He said the move “would be a disaster for our consumers and our region” because it would link New England energy prices to international markets.
Markey said the Feb. 5 announcement regarding the Goldboro Liquefied Natural Gas Project in Nova Scotia confirms his view “that the ultimate goal of some natural gas pipeline proposals” is to “use New England as a throughway to export U.S. natural gas to Canada and ultimately to overseas markets,” the article states.
Meanwhile, gas pipeline companies, gas utilities and many public officials have disguised their motives, stating whenever asked that the pipelines would be built to help residents and companies and reduce energy costs. Some new pipeline projects are being built with utility ratepayers footing most of the costs.
With the ruling, the U.S. Department of Energy is authorizing the piped export of fracked Marcellus and Utica shale gas to Canada for transport to foreign countries in the form of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, the article states.
The order allows for the export of 800 million cubic feet of gas per day into Canada through the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. The gas would be metered at the Maine border. The stated target markets for the project are Europe, South America and Asia.
The 889-mile M&N line starts at Halifax and travels south to a hub in Dracut, MA. According to MassLive.com. The line, which traditionally delivered Canadian exports into the U.S., would be reversed by Spectra Energy to transport gas from fracked natural gas wells in the United States.
“In 2012 the Energy Information Administration analyzed the potential impact of natural gas exports on domestic energy consumption, production, and prices, and found that LNG exports would lead to higher energy prices for consumers, while natural gas producers would make an extra $14-32 billion over the next 20 years, according to the DOE,” the article states.
“The opposition group No Fracked Gas in Mass said [recently] that if exports are permitted, the taking of properties by eminent domain to build the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct or Spectra pipelines ‘would be merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties,’” the article states.
To read the MassLive.com article, click here.
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