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Is this the beginning of the end for Gibbstown LNG project?

The project site in Wyalusing, Pa., earlier this year. The company behind the plan, New Fortress Energy, had said it would begin processing liquified natural gas starting in the first quarter of 2022 but that looks extremely unlikely.

Breaking news: Since the time of publication of this story, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration confirmed that it has, in fact, received a renewal application for the special permit to allow the transportation of LNG by rail for the Wyalusing-to-Gibbstown project.The application was received on Tuesday, the day the permit was set to…

New obstacles loom large for Wyalusing-Gibbstown LNG project

The site of a proposed liquified natural gas processing plant in Wyalusing, Pa., is fenced off but no work has progressed there. The sponsors of the project, which is slated to be operational in the first quarter of 2022, face daunting political, logistical and economic challenges.

A contentious plan to export liquified natural gas from a Delaware River port faces new political, economic and environmental headwinds that raise questions about its future. A new White House administration, a global market that was once white-hot that has considerably cooled in the past two years and pandemic-related workforce disruptions cast long shadows over…

Gibbstown LNG Dock 1 got Coast Guard’s “Letter of Recommendation”
Letter dated Dec. 18, 2019

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By Chris Mele Hazardous materials regularly roll through Northeastern Pennsylvania communities by rail and road and it’s left to local first responders to be ready for when things go wrong. Haz-mat incidents vary in degrees of danger, records show. Commonly, crews are called to overturned trucks leaking diesel fuel. Infrequently, there are more serious incidents,…

First Responders: Prepared for LNG Emergencies? The Evidence Is Not Reassuring

Liquified natural gas leaking from a breached container can be extremely flammable and easily be ignited by heat, sparks or flames.

Hazardous materials regularly roll through Northeastern Pennsylvania communities by rail and road and it’s left to local first responders to be ready for when things go wrong. Haz-mat incidents vary in degrees of danger, records show. Commonly, crews are called to overturned trucks leaking diesel fuel. Infrequently, there are more serious incidents, such as a…

LNG From Pennsylvania to New Jersey: 400 Tanker Trucks a Day

On Oct. 20, 2011, in Zarzalico, Spain, a tanker carrying LNG rear-ended a truck that was pulled over on the highway’s shoulder. A fire quickly erupted, killing the tanker driver. PHOTO CREDIT Bonilla, J.M., Belmonte, J., Marín, J.A., 2014. Gas Natural: El accidente de Zarzalico

A plan to bring liquified natural gas from Wyalusing, Pa., to a port in Gibbstown, N.J., has focused largely on the potential hazards of transporting as much as 3 million gallons of the highly flammable product at a time by rail. But the project sponsor also has plans to send as many as 400 tanker…

Opponents of Pennsylvania-New Jersey LNG Plan Cheer Federal Ruling

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Critics of a plan to transport liquefied natural gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to a port on the Delaware River in New Jersey welcomed a recent federal ruling that they say could put up significant regulatory speed bumps – or possibly derail the project altogether. The ruling, by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, involved an LNG facility…

The Storage and Transportation of LNG: What Could Go Wrong?

The burned-out hull of a truck is testament to the intense heat of an explosion and fire that happened at the Williams Companies LNG plant in Plymouth, Wash., in 2014. PHOTO Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Lonnie E. Click, a fire chief in Benton County in southern Washington, was at his desk when he first heard the call: an explosion at a liquified natural gas storage facility.  The call was outside his jurisdiction but, based on what he was hearing on the radio, he decided to head to the scene. From atop a hill, Click…

LNG Rail Tank Cars: The Few and the Unknown

The DOT-113C120W cars are rare in number and one expert likened securing replacement parts for these tankers to finding parts for a rare automobile. PHOTO BY CHART INDUSTRIES via PHMSA REPORT

The newly permitted tank cars that would take LNG from Wyalusing, Pa. to Gibbstown, N.J. by train are posing lots of questions — especially about safety and availability — and there aren’t a lot of answers.

Gibbstown LNG Project: Chronology

An aerial photo of the natural gas processing site in Wyalusing, Pa., where construction has been temporarily halted. The company behind the project expects production of LNG to begin in the first quarter of 2022.

Credit: The Rocket-Courier of Wyalusing, Pa.

Aug. 21, 2017: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration receives an application from Energy Transport Solutions, a subsidiary of New Fortress Energy, for a special permit to transport “methane, refrigerated liquid,” otherwise known as liquid natural gas, in specialized rail cars. Oct. 2, 2017: The DOT publishes a notice in the…

Fears for safety and climate surround LNG export terminal planned on the Delaware

Vanessa Keegan, 41, lives in Gibbstown with her boyfriend and 3-year-old son a block from the railroad tracks that will carry liquid natural gas to an export facility on the Delaware River. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Plans for a new half-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas export terminal on the Delaware River in South Jersey were greenlighted by the Delaware River Basin Commission on Wednesday

LNG Gibbstown, N.J. Project Inching Through Permitting Process

LNG Carrier with Moss Tanks – Illustration Image – Credits: Wolfgang Meinhart/wikimedia.org

The controversial construction of a second dock at the Rapauno Port & Rail Terminal in Gibbstown, N.J. may be approved at the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) fourth-quarter business meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. 

The LNG Project Explained

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  • What is the project?

    The energy giant New Fortress Energy and its subsidiaries want to transform natural gas at a plant in Wyalusing, Pa., northwest of Scranton, into super-cooled liquid natural gas and transport it by rail or highway to a port in Gibbstown, N.J., about 180 miles away. From the port, it would be shipped overseas.

  • Where will the gas come from?

    It is expected to come to the Wyalusing site via a pipeline from areas of Pennsylvania where fracking is taking place to extract the gas.

  • What routes would LNG take by rail or highway?

    The company has not publicly disclosed those details though environmental activists have identified two rail and two highway routes that could take trains and trucks through some combination of 18 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

  • Have concerns been raised about the project?

    Yes, many. Opponents and environmental activists have cited, among other things, public safety concerns about so-called "bomb trains" rolling through populated areas, including places like Philadelphia, the promotion of fracking, the effects of dredging needed to complete a deep-water port in the Delaware River, and a lack of transparency.

  • What does the company say about the safety concerns?

    Its consultants have said that LNG has long been safely transported on highways by tankers and that rail transportation is safe: It estimated one fatality once every 200 years for high-speed train transport and one fatality once every 350 years for low-speed transport.

  • What is the status of the project?

    It has cleared many numerous regulatory and permitting hurdles, including the approval of the Delaware River Basin Commission, but a good number remain. The company has indicated in regulatory filings that production of LNG at the Wyalusing plant is expected to start in the first quarter of 2022.

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