Letter: Jordan Cove project needed
We would like to thank both Blaine Pritchett, the Project Director for the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline with Williams Company, and Bob Braddock, the senior project adviser for Jordan Cove LNG, for taking the time to update us on the progress of their project at the most recent Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Energy Briefing.
As CMU students working toward a business degree with an emphasis in energy and land management, this matter concerns us greatly — as the future of the industry in the Western Slope is uncertain. The energy industry has been in decline over the last few years and has had an incredibly negative impact on the region’s economy. With the approval from FERC and other government regulatory entities, the construction of the connector pipeline and the LNG facility in Jordan Cove could revive the energy industry and bring back many of the jobs that have been lost in recent years.
The Piceance Basin holds an incredible amount of natural gas reserves and is the main location from which the 1 bcf/day that feeds into the pipeline and the LNG facility in Jordon Cove would be sourced. The positive economic impact the pipeline and LNG facility would have on local industry and the region as a whole is undeniable.
Let’s stand together and demand the certificate for construction be approved by FERC. The initial rejection was absurd, claiming the projects developers could not demonstrate enough LNG demand for the facility. In response, developers have procured two contracts totaling 50 percent of the facility’s capacity. Let’s cut through this red tape and do what makes sense for the future of the energy industry.
Willow Sanders and Kelly Smallwood
CMU Students and Piceance Energy Action Council ambassadors