zoom The Maritime Administration (MARAD), together with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), has issued a call for comments on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Delfin LNG deepwater port project.MARAD’s notice launched a 45-day comment period and requests for public participation in the environmental impact review process.On May 8, 2015, MARAD and USCG received a license application from Delfin LNG for all Federal authorizations required for a license to own, construct and operate the deepwater port for the export of U.S. natural gas.To be located some 40 nautical miles off the coast of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, the proposed Delfin LNG deepwater port would consists of onshore gas compression facilities and a deepwater port that uses existing pipeline infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico.The pipelines would transport natural gas offshore to four semi-permanently moored floating liquefaction vessels (FLNGs), which would have a total storage capacity of 210,000 cubic meters (m3) each.The LNG would be stored onboard the FLNGs and transferred to LNG tankers. An offloading mooring system, which would be provided on each FLNG, would be capable of accommodating standard LNG tankers with nominal cargo capacities up to 170,000 m3.Some 31 LNG tankers are estimated to visit each of the four FLNGs for a total of up to 124 cargo transfer operations per year.The port would be capable of exporting 443.3 Bscf/y of natural gas or 9.2 MMtpa of LNG, according to MARAD’s notice.
We owe it to his memory to preserve its beauty for future generations to enjoyChristopher Wordsworth The line of 47m high pylons will also run right across the top of the Duddon Estuary, interrupting stunning views into and out of the high fells of the Lake District.The National Grid is planning to link the proposed new nuclear plant at Moorside near Sellafield, Cumbria, to the UK power network at the Heysham power station in Morecambe, Lancashire.Mr Wordsworth said: “William Wordsworth was enthralled by the unique beauty of the Duddon – it inspired his famous series of sonnets.”As much as the works of my ancestor are an important part of our literary heritage, his ‘long-loved Duddon’ is an important part of our natural heritage. We owe it to his memory to preserve its beauty for future generations to enjoy.”Other campaigners stress this would irreversibly scar the national park’s iconic landscape, which is steeped in history.Landscape charity Friends of the Lake District and campaign group Power Without Pylons have teamed up to fight the pylon plan.They want National Grid to adopt an alternative solution, which would remove the need to take the power cables up the valley and around the estuary.Friends of the Lake District is urging local people to take part in a consultation, which ends on January 6. Dr Kate Willshaw, policy officer at Friends of the Lake District, said: “We need as many people as possible to tell National Grid that putting pylons just metres outside of the National Park’s south-western boundary will cause unacceptable damage.”It will destroy the special qualities of the National Park and interrupting people’s enjoyment of our beautiful landscape renowned throughout the world.”Graham Barron, secretary of Power Without Pylons, said: “Protecting this important area is not just a local issue but a national issue.”Over 40 million people visit Cumbria each year to enjoy these special landscapes: they don’t want them scarred by lumps of metal and unsightly overhead wires.”Earlier this year, a wave of protests helped stop the North West Coast Connections project, which intended to install pylons through the Lake District.National Grid confirmed that it would now put 23km of cables underground, running through the Western side of the National Park. Where his ancestor wandered lonely as a cloud, Christopher Wordsworth may soon be wandering through giant electrical pylons.William Wordsworth’s great-great-great-great grandson is fighting a £2.8 billion plan to “fence in” the scenic Lake District, where the poet wrote his most famous sonnets.Mr Wordsworth has protested against National Grid plans to build a 3.5km line of pylons in Whicham Valley, each one standing just 10 metres outside the Lake District’s boundary. He said officials “owe it to the memory” of his famous ancestor to block the plans. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.