David Blackmon has posted a column at Forbes pointing out the developing methods of well-funded anti-pipeline groups in which a number of new gas and oil pipeline projects around the country are experiencing delays thanks to their chicanery. Blackmon points out:
1) A stop-work order was issued by FERC on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on August 13, in reaction to an August 10 decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacating two federal permits related to the joint venture between Dominion Energy and Duke Energy. The appeals court decision was issued related to a complaint filed by animal rights activists concerned about a “takings” permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) for the line. The order remained in effect for more than a month before being lifted on September 17, when USFW issued a replacement permit setting stricter limits on the takings allowed.
2) Protesters of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 project blocked a bridge in northern Minnesota on September 19 and performed a water ceremony there before being run off by law enforcement officials. Demonstrators also constructed a tipi on the bridge, but it didn’t remain there for long. A local County engineer noted that the protesters delayed the work of a contractor for a few hours and that the road project related to the bridge has no relationship to the pipeline. A spokesman for Enbridge also noted, presumably without a hint of irony, that there is no Line 3-related construction going on in anywhere in Minnesota at the current time. But the demonstrators seemed unconcerned about that lack of nexus to their actions – they got the media attention the desired and no doubt walked away satisfied, deconstructed tipi in hand.
3) Politico Energy reports that two native American tribes brought a lawsuit on September 11 against the Trump Administration challenging its approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline’s northern leg, ” arguing the State Department approved the pipeline without weighing the potential damage that spills and construction could pose to cultural sites.” The complaint filed by the Fort Belknap and Rosebud Sioux tribes requests that a Montana judge order the rescission of the permit granted by the administration in 2017 on the grounds that it failed to properly assess how the pipeline would impact their water and sacred lands. A hearing date has yet to be set.
4) In Louisiana, a suit filed by the landowners and activist groups in the Atchafalaya River basin led to the temporary halt to the construction of Energy Transfer Partners’ (ETP) Bayou Bridge Pipeline project. A state judge was scheduled to hear arguments related to an injunction request on September 10, but ETP reached a last minute agreement with the plaintiffs to voluntarily stop work on a segment of the line until questions over its ability to build on private property under the state’s expropriation law are settled. The process is expected to delay the restart of construction until at least November.
While the protests may seem counter productive and may raise the cost of energy, environmentalists don’t care. They are only concerned about tearing down the civilization we have and halting the construction of pipelines is one of the ways to make it more expensive for people to use fossil fuels down the line.
Fossil fuels are the fuel of life, those who oppose using them are anti-human life. Its abundantly clear the death of mankind is the reason why environmentalists oppose using fossil fuels or even nuclear power. Destroy civilization and human beings soon die off as a result.