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Monday, December 04, 2006

The Gulf’s Cold Rush – Liquefied Natural Gas Terminals Pose Fisheries Threat

The Gulf’s Cold Rush – Liquefied Natural Gas Terminals Pose Fisheries Threat

Oil and gas corporations, focusing on the next big energy developments for the Gulf of Mexico, have moved forward with plans to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from nations overseas that have an excess capacity and less domestic demand for natural gas. The plans call for energy corporations to import natural gas in a super-chilled, liquefied form, warm it to return it to gas form, and then deliver it to our natural gas pipelines.

Currently, four of the 23 facilities proposed for the Gulf are designed to use an off shore, open-rack vaporizer, or open-loop system, which would run Gulf seawater through radiatorlike racks. One terminal alone could use up to 270 million gallons of Gulf water a day to vaporize the natural gas. The drastic temperature change, chlorination, and physical damage caused by the process would destroy fish eggs and larva by the billions. The cumulative impacts of these facilities could be a significant blow to our fisheries. Open-loop LNG terminals are currently proposed in essential habitat for shrimp, redfish (red drum), king mackerel, red snapper, blue fin tuna and other important species.

Shell is currently permitted to develop their Gulf Landing Terminal, 38 miles off the coast of Louisiana, south of Lake Charles. Their terminal could destroy the equivalent of 5.3% of Louisiana’s annual redfish catch, have significant, unknown impacts on other coastal fisheries, and dump 136 million gallons of chilled, chlorinated, lifeless seawater into the Gulf every day. This terminal would be the first significant open-loop terminal in the U.S. to begin operating, making it a critical precedent for other LNG projects. This terminal has been opposed by an unlikely coalition that includes recreational and commercial fishing interests alongside conservation organizations, operating under the banner of the Gumbo Alliance for Safe LNG.

Oil and gas corporations have alternatives: closed-loop or forced-air vaporizer systems, though more expensive to operate, would be significantly less destructive to our fisheries while allowing the oil and gas corporations to profit significantly. The energy industry is important to Louisiana and the Gulf, but so are our commercial and recreational fishing industries, which generate $800 million in commercial landings and $5.6 billion in recreational expenditures annually.

While the GRN and our allies in the Gumbo Alliance for Safe LNG continue to pressure Shell to abandon their plans for a fish-killing open-loop LNG terminal, ConocoPhillips recently announced plans to drop their sole remaining off-shore, open-loop terminal proposal.

Poised to release their final environmental impact statement, ConocoPhillips’ Beacon Port terminal was proposed for 50 miles east-southeast of Galveston, Texas and was a great concern for fishermen and environmentalists alike. Based upon the draft environmental impact study for Beacon Port, the terminal could have destroyed the equivalent of 16% of Texas’ annual redfish catch, and have unknown impacts on important species like shrimp, crab, and blue fin tuna.

ConocoPhillips withdrew their first proposal off Dauphin Island, AL in the face of continued opposition from Alabama’s Governor Bob Riley. While neither Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, nor Texas Governor Rick Perry had commented on the Beacon Port proposal, Governor Blanco had given no indication that she had changed her position of not permitting any further open-loop terminals in the Gulf.

With Beacon Port out of the picture, that leaves just four off-shore terminals either proposed, permitted, or in operation off-shore in the Gulf. The GRN will continue to work to oppose these fish-killing machines, so watch our website for details and opportunities to get involved in the fight for fish-friendly energy in the Gulf, or better yet, join our e-action list to make sure you get news updates in your in-box as they develop.

Aaron Viles
Campaign Director
Gulf Restoration Network
338 Baronne St. Ste. 200
New Orleans, LA 70112
w: 504.525.1528 ext. 207 c:225.615.0346

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I'm Capt. Scott McCune. The Recreational Fishing Organizer for the Marine Fish Conservation Network and an Avid Saltwater Fisherman.

The Network, a coalition of over 175 groups including the IGFA, Sport Fishing Magazine and others who are dedicated to protecting our marine fisheries, has launched a campaign to amplify the recreational angler's
voice in Congress.

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), is thelaw governing Fishing in U.S. waters out to 200 Nautical Miles.The MSA is up for renewal for the first time in 10 years and this comes at a
time of growing concern for the health of our nation's Fisheries. The US Commission on Ocean Policy in an assessment of the nation's oceans cited severe problems with industrial over fishing, habitat destruction and the
killing of non-targeted species.

Special interests want to weaken the provisions of the MSA that protect our sport. This will threaten Fishing opportunities for today's Anglers and their children.

Make your voice heard by visiting, take 30 seconds to strengthen the MSA for our future generations, it only a click away!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Great Flats Fishing!

Fishing has really been GREAT in the flats around Rockport and Aransas Pass. We've had a lot of windy days, great for Shrimp and popping cork. We've caught limits of reds and half limits of Trout for about 14 days straight! look for the edge of deep water next to flats when the weather gets a little colder and the tide goes out. Drift the flats with higher Spring tides, the fish are there! Fish More, Live Longer! Capt. Scott McCune ____________________________________________
Capt. Scott McCune (USCG Master) with The Saltwater Cowboy 361.563.TUNA(8862)cell Email: web Page:
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Rockport & Port Aransas Fishing

Hey we’re back from Isla Mujeres, Mexico, Lots of Sailfish down there.  I just spent a cold and windy day fishing the bay…there are still a lot of Fish!  We have a ton of days open for Spring Break…give your spring breaker a fishing gift Certificate or beat the crowd and let’s fish in February!

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Or call us at (361) 563-8862

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Isla Mujeres, Port Aransas Style

We are heading to Isla Mujeres for a few weeks.  I’m setting up a Captain and crew down there for a charter operation, Come join us!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

PBR Bullfighter Greg Crabtree Killed in Tragic Accident

PBR Bullfighter Greg Crabtree Killed in Tragic Accident
The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) mourns and regretfully announces the passing of one of the most devoted members of the PBR family. Known for his unbridled energy, enthusiasm and talent, Greg Crabtree passed away on Tuesday, November 29. When not on the road attending a PBR sanctioned event, Crabtree managed his farm in Cuero, Texas. On Tuesday, Crabtree was involved in a bulldozing accident while clearing brush on some property near Flatonia, Texas. Information concerning the accident was provided by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office in La Grange, Texas.


Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Mercury #1 on the Water

No question for me anymore they have stepped up and satisfied this customer, my next engine will be MERCURY!
MERCURY has come around big time!  I have 3 MERCURY engines (2-225hp EFI  (800 hours) and 1-200hp Optimax (740 hours), I acquired all of these engines second hand and after putting a few hundred hours I started having a lot of problems and the shop costs plus missed trips were mounting beyond control!  Last year I had numerous lower unit problems and a top level Customer Service person, while expressing his condolences, said they wouldn't help in anyway even though I believed to have a valid defect issue.  I started my Products page based on the bad experiences that I had with Mercury last year, I really lost faith in MERCURY!  In August of this year (2005) my 225hp had corrosion problems which since the engine was 4 years out of warranty, they declined to assist; then came the piston problem.  Now here is where customer service really turned around, I sent pictures of my problem to MERCURY and after visiting with several people I found someone who really wanted to make customers happy.  I was asked what I wanted, I was surprised because I really didn't want anything, my only initiative was to be an advocate for customers and the support of engines that have expired their warranties, in other words to show MERCURY there was a need to help people in the fishing industry keep their products running beyond warranty.  Well MERCURY stepped up to the plate and put me back in business with a new powerhead for the Bay boat and they will discuss the powerhead problem on my offshore boat as well!  These engines are 4 years out of warranty, yet they are still assisting me, that is customer service!  I do own three engines and have a lot of public exposure, however if they are half as good with the recreational customer they earn the #1 On the Water label!
Capt. Scott McCune