Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register, 19 August 2014,
Massachusetts puts brakes on support for natural gas line expansion,
Environmentalists are praising a decision by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to temporarily withdraw support for a New England expansion of natural gas transmission lines.
Jon Chesto, Boston Business Journal, 18 August 2014
Gov. Patrick backs away from regional effort to expand natural gas capacity,
The New England governors’ plan to impose a new tax on our electricity market to pay for natural gas pipeline construction was a bold proposal — one that’s never really been tried before — to solve our region’s natural gas constraint issues.
But without Massachusetts involved, it’s almost impossible to pull off.
And Spectra, of the proposed Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline,
is also an oil pipeline company now.
Bill Trexler wrote for Emerging Markets 18 August 2014,
Energy shares may fall again: Spectra Energy Corp. (SE), Denbury Resources Inc. (DNR), WPX Energy (WPX), Nabors Industries (NBR), Weatherford International (WFT), Transocean LTD (RIG),
Shares of oil companies gained as oil futures prices rose on Friday,
after Ukraine said its artillery destroyed a large part of a column
of armored vehicles seen entering Ukraine from Russia.
However, prices still posted losses for the week, as soft global
demand pressured them down to multi-month lows….
A foreign company wanting to take local resources and not even
provide any local jobs, only in “preliminary stages”: sound familiar?
Swiss company Nestlé used the same playbook to try to grab
water from the Wacissa River that Houston company Spectra Energy
is trying to gouge its hundred-foot right of way for its yard-wide
fracked methane pipeline through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Wacissa and Jefferson County, Florida fought back and won.
Counties can do the same to stop that pipeline.
Brett Adler wrote for the Florida Independent 2 December 2010,
Nestle draws fire for plans to pump more water from North Florida springs,
Citizens in North Florida are gearing up for what many foresee as a
drawn-out battle with Nestle Waters North America, the country’s
largest water bottler, which recently completed test wells Continue reading
Evidently Spectra’s Andrea Grover was too obviously failing
to convince people to stop worrying and love the Sabal Trail pipeline,
because FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy has taken up the
mighty megaphone of methane talking points.
And the Gainesville Sun ran him on the same page as
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson and Jim Tatum of Our Santa Fe River,
today, 18 August 2014.
Here are the links and a few excerpts. Read ‘em for yourselves!
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson and Jim Tatum,
Pipeline poses multiple problems,
Again, we must point out that Florida Power & Light just recently
estimated that in 10 years the demand for power will increase
approximately 13 percent, but the Sabal Trail’s new pipeline would
have an increase of 33 percent delivery capability. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency filed a report with Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission saying that the recently completed (2011)
Southeast Supply Header System was designed as an “alternative
natural-gas source during hurricane-related disruptions in the Gulf
That’s actually an underestimate Continue reading
FERC’s scoping meetings seem just as much a farce
at the other end of Williams’ Transco pipeline from
the Hillabee Expansion (PF14-6) that would feed Spectra’s Sabal Trail (PF14-1),
Williams is pushing its
Atlantic Sunrise Project
to suck up more Marcellus Shale fracked methane from Pennsylvania
and ship it down here to Alabama, Georgia, and Florida and out through LNG export.
Activists up there videoed several Pennsylvania Scoping Meetings,
so you can see the show for yourself.
Don’t believe me that Atlantic Sunrise is to feed Sabal Trail; believe
Housley Carr in Oil & Gas Financial Journal 17 january 1014,
MIAMI 2017 – MARCELLUS GAS HEADING TO FLORIDA, Continue reading
At that South Dougherty League meeting yesterday,
Gloria Gaines summed up Sabal Trail’s proposed compressor station near Albany, GA:
“This proposal should vehemently be challenged; it should be vehemently opposed.”
Aaryn Valenzuela reported for WALB TV yesterday,
Proposed Sabal Trail pipeline and compressor station raises concerns, Continue reading
Still time to object to this fourth company
filing to export Sabal Trail fracked methane,
adding to the
three already authorized.
FERC knew about this Strom LNG export request before
the last three FERC Scoping Meetings, and never told us.
This fourth LNG export operation will affect both the Santa Fe River watershed
and the St Johns River watershed.
Strom, Inc. filed LNG export authorization requests with U.S.
DoE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) 18 April 2014,
all still being considered, all for liquifying in Starke, Bradford County, Florida,
all for 25 years,
and all explicitly saying they want to use Sabal Trail fracked methane.
FE’s list of
2014 – LNG Export, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Re-Exports & Long Term Natural Gas Applications: Continue reading
Spectra, FPL, and Williams have not even formally filed with
FERC for pipeline permits yet, and that process usually takes about a year.
Permitting confusion benefits Spectra about its
Sabal Trail Transmission 36-inch hundred-foot-right-of-way
fracked methane pipeline, because people don’t know what they can do.
You can file ecomments right now, and show up and protest.
As soon as the pipeline company
files for the formal permit process, you can file as an
which gives you legal rights to be heard, file legal briefs,
and to appeal.
state and local permits also have to be filed,
and people can participate in those processes.
Even if there ever is a FERC permit, a landowner who makes
the pipeline company actually go through the eminent domain
process will very likely get a better deal.
If enough landowners say
Come and Take It,
the whole thing may become uneconomical for Spectra,
as for Williams Company when it
cancelled the Bluegrass Pipeline in Kentucky.
Spectra and Williams and FPL are currently in the
pre-filing process with FERC, Continue reading
Not just for Ted Turner,
former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham,
now the whole neighborhood south of Albany is objecting to that
fracked methane pipeline and its compressor station.
Plus the hundred people who showed up
at the FERC Scoping Meeting 4 March 2014,
and more who went to
U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop’s (GA-02) listening session 17 April 2014.
When Spectra’s Andrea Grover bragged in op-eds
about the 50 public meetings, she forgot to mention that
the public response was overwhelmingly against Spectra’s pipeline,
and that opposition is growing.
Melody Briscoe wrote for WALB TV 9 August 2014,
Meeting over concern of pipeline and compressor, Continue reading
There’s no safe way for the yard-wide Sabal Trail fracked methane
pipeline through the
fragile karst limestone containing
the Floridan Aquifer, according to what Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection
told FERC back in April.
And what’s this about
seven foot pipeline depth in Florida, while
Spectra’s Andrea Grover complained
in the Valdosta Daily Times about requests for five feet deep in Georgia?
FL-DEP points out that
caves might not support a pipeline
could easily cause sinkholes.
Plus blasting could change local hydrology.
The situation is actually worse than FL-DEP described.
We don’t know that
contamination couldn’t come from
BCPs carried from Spectra’s
Texas Eastern pipeline, or radon from the Marcellus Shale,
in addition to the
solvents FL-DEP mentioned.
We don’t know the pipeline would carry only
a gaseous product;
it could be sold and used for something else.
And as DEP says, it’s not just leaks that are the problem:
the pipeline would require large amounts of
testing water that would have to come from somewhere
and go back somewhere, presumably contaminated with whatever was in the pipeline.
What guarantee do we have that contamination wouldn’t go
borings under our riverbeds?
Filed with FERC
18 April 2014
as four pages of the 74-page
“Florida State Clearinghouse comments on Dockets # PF14-1, et al Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Southeast Market Pipelines Project (Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connection Projects).”
Some of it
was also submitted to FERC by Florida’s Suwannee River Water Management District, but there is new material here; especially
that superimposition map. Continue reading