FERC just directed Sabal Trail to actually address problems raised
by citizens and local government agencies, plus numerous discrepencies
FERC itself detected.
Opposition to this unnecessary and hazardous fracked methane
pipeline is having effects, even with rubberstamping FERC.
But watch out Tifton, Valdosta, Thomasville, and The Villages!
You’re now on possible routes.
Sabal Trail is to provide details for
Greenlaw’s route-around-Albany proposals on behalf of Sierra Club and others
Valdosta, you’re back in two proposed routes,
the the one you saw last summer, plus
one down I-75 that would go right past Lowndes High School
and also past The Villages in sinkhole-prone Sumter County, Florida.
Tifton, you’re not safe; look at that Hillabee route.
Thomasville watch out: you’re on a new proposed route.
Sabal Trail is to provide alternatives to minimize effects on or
completely avoid the
and this is even before the Hamilton County Commission’s resolution
against the pipeline gets to FERC.
FERC’s letter is peppered with requirements
to cooperate with
federal, state, and local agencies
especially including about
land use and environmental requirements
It explicitly says that
all surveys Continue reading
Natural gas or oil pipelines are natural enemy targets,
in addition to the way they frequently
blow up on their own.
Why build such hazards when solar power is faster, cheaper,
cleaner, and doesn’t blow up?
Elad Benari wrote for Arutz Sheva 17 January 2014,
Sinai Terrorists Blow Up Natural Gas Pipeline,
Strong explosion rocks central Sinai after explosives were planted beneath the gas pipeline connected to cement factories in the area.
What happens if someone blows up a solar array?
Flying glass, which is bad, but nothing like
blowing up the explosive fuel inside a natural gas or oil pipeline,
not to mention distributed rooftop solar arrays would be very hard
to destroy enough of to match the energy denial of one damaged pipeline.
Gas pipelines in Egypt has been attacked more than a dozen times Continue reading
Pipeline objections from landowners, taxpayers, local and state government
agencies, environmental groups, and historical societies caused mighty
Spectra to “suspend” its unnamed $4 billion methane pipeline from Pennsylvania
fracking grounds through Virginia to Duke Energy plants near
the sea in North Carolina.
Similar opposition can make Spectra and Williams and FPL and Duke
think again about their proposed $3 billion Transco -> Sabal Trail -> FSC
hundred-foot gouge through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida
three already-authorized LNG export operations in Florida.
This was apparently the first report, by John Bruce,
for The Recorder
of Monterey, Highland County, Virginia, 7 August 2014,
Spectra suspends pipeline proposal, Continue reading
Even Putin couldn’t push a pipeline past opponents.
Russia’s formerly “dead certain” South Stream natural gas pipeline
now has “potential for huge delays. Sceptics wonder whether it will happen at all.”
Gazprom used the same pipeline-pushing script as Spectra,
and that ended up as farce.
So maybe Sabal Trail isn’t “moving forward”, either.
State and local permitting, or just plain public opposition,
could turn that Sabal Trail pipeline snake into roadkill,
so we can get on with solar power for real economic benefits without eminent domain and with clean air and water.
Guy Chazan wrote for Financial Times 24 August 2014,
South Stream gas project may now be a pipe dream,
In November 2005, a pipeline called Blue Stream was inaugurated to
bring Russian gas across the Black Sea to Turkey. It was, said
President Vladimir Putin, who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Continue reading
After citizens familiar with the springs, shoals, and sinkholes
of the Withlacoochee River and the fragile karst limestone that
contains them and the Floridan Aquifer, source of drinking water
for all of Florida and south Georgia, the north Florida county
of Hamilton passed a resolution asking FERC to have the Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline avoid those geological formations.
a letter already forwarded to FERC by the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection
and also quoted in part to FERC by the
Suwannee River Water Management District,
that would mean
there’s basically nowhere that pipeline would be safe in north Florida
(or south Georgia, which has the same limestone substrate).
Joyce Marie Taylor updated in the Suwannee Democrat 25 August 2014,
Hamilton fights back against Sabal Trail pipeline,
A special meeting was called on Friday, Aug. 22, and the board voted
to pass Resolution 14-10 that expressed their concerns about the
proposed pipeline route across the Withlacoochee River that forms
the western boundary of Hamilton County.
A portion of the resolution states, Continue reading
The Florida Public Service Commission
has a special say in the
Southeast Market Pipelines Project
Florida Southeast Connection (FSC) leg of this pipeline is
completely inside Florida and completely owned by FPL, a Florida regulated
And Florida has a say because the
for the three-part
Transco -> Sabal Trail -> FSC project is that
supposedly Florida needs the power (it doesn’t,
but that’s the excuse).
FPL is getting so desperate for public acceptance of this boondoggle
they pressed their own CEO, Eric Silagy, into attempting to rebut
Our Santa Fe River’s latest entry in the op-ed debate.
Sabal Trail and FERC would like everyone to believe state regulators
have no say, but that’s just not true.
It’s not even clear GA PSC has no say, considering that Continue reading
Another neighborhood in Dougherty County discovers it doesn’t like
the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline, including because it would further
endanger the already threatened Flint River.
Sharon Wiggins wrote for WALB 19 August 2014,
Dougherty County residents speak out against proposed pipeline,
Members of the Radium Springs community met Tuesday night to express
their concerns about the proposed route of the Sabal pipeline
project. The nearly 500 mile pipeline begins in Alabama, stretches
through Georgia and ends in Florida. Those against it are concerned
about the human, economic and environmental impacts it could have.
“We know that the Flint River is one of the 10 most endangered
rivers in the United States,” said Gloria Gaines, Former
Dougherty County Commissioner.”They’re concerned about the
impacts that it could have on the ability to farm, to hunt, to fish,
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