Property rights circumvented
In 2005, corporate energy interests in Washington, D.C., had language inserted into the Energy Bill suspending states’ rights in the location of LNG terminals. Williams, contractor for Jordan Cove LNG, projected a shortfall in natural gas supplies and requested permits for an import facility, then sweetened the pot by packaging it with a cargo terminal. Hearings were compartmentalized to silence the objections of many by using narrowly focused and easily fabricated science to back their position and ignore many issues altogether.
Initially, a crucial hurdle Jordan Cove had to clear was in order to invoke eminent domain the terminal had to be an import, necessary, and in the public interest. Currently it fails on all counts. Where are the public hearings records on this issue? How would they apply now?
Property ownership is a cornerstone of who we are, paid for in blood by our forefathers. When somebody puts down roots, there is no ambiguity in that term. The relationship to this legacy is profound and must be afforded due respect. Landowners have been compartmentalized out of this process in an attempt to circumvent our rights as property owners.
In 2005, our hands were tied with the best legislation money can buy. The projected shortfall in natural gas supplies never materialized. The cargo terminal they promised, well it’s gone. It’s not a utility but a land grab by a foreign in origin, multi-national energy company. And last but not least, in a recent newspaper poll to assess the public’s support for the pipeline, we find once again our public officials are at odds with the people they represent. For the record, the poll should have read, “It hurts landowners and exports.”