Bog Turtles and Indiana Bats, Stimulating the Economy

By January 15, 2009Energy, Regulations

From yesterday’s Baltimore Sun, “Corps of Engineers won’t issue LNG permit until conditions are met

The Army Corps of Engineers said it will not issue a permit for a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal at Sparrows Point and a pipeline through Maryland to Pennsylvania until the project’s developer has complied with federal wildlife regulations, prepared mitigation plans for wetlands that might be disturbed during construction and met other requests for information.

The Corps is the second agency this month to question plans by Virginia-based AES Corp. to build the terminal and lay 88 miles of pipe to transport the gas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to delay its vote on the project, scheduled for tomorrow, until concerns about habitats for the bog turtle and Indiana bat can be addressed.

There are hurdles to jump in every major project, obviously, but they have significant costs and discourage investment. Following actions by the Corps, and the Fish and Wildlife Service, and FERC, etc., there will come inevitable lawsuits by environmentalists.

The Sun reports, “Yesterday [Tuesday], five members of Maryland’s congressional delegation formally called on FERC to postpone a decision on the project.”

Here’s a thought: We need energy.


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  • Michael Whiteman says:

    Here is a more rational thought.We need species diversity and intact ecosystems to survive,far more than we need lp gas or any carbon based fuel. Our biggest problem, for the past 100 years , has been the consumption of too much energy. We should be using less, and err on the side of over protection, because we can not bring back species;extinction causes more extinction, and with global warming nearing catastrophic levels we need to be prosecuting anyone promoting the fossil fuel industry for crimes against humanity, not trying to ease them past the pitifully weak environmental protections we have

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