SpectraBusters has joined hundreds of other environmental, faith based, and conservative organizations in a Global FrackDown by signing an organizational letter addressing The 21st Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21). Also known as ” Paris 2015″ the climate change conference will take place in Paris from November 30 to December 11 2015.
The letter rightfully asks the consortium to “support a ban on fracking and related processes, both as national policy and toward international agreements, and to make explicit the need to maximize the amount of fossil fuels to be kept underground and unburned.”
Two facts addressed in this letter are:
Fracked gas is not a viable candidate for a transitional energy source as we move to renewable energy sources for many very sensible reasons, including further climate and water damage and droughts – which are stated in the letter linked below.
Fracked methane gas will, in the long run, do more damage to the climate via CO2 emissions surpassing the levels of oil and other fossil fuels. Leaks. Gas pipelines, wells, containers leak. More in letter.
FERC had been saying no LNG export, yet the pipeline partners said a year ago
in their Open Season: “as well as deliveries to Cove Point LNG”.
NextEra, co-owner of Sabal Trail Transmission,
is one of the Mountain Valley Pipeline partners.
Sabal Trail and FERC have told us Sabal Trail is not for LNG export,
yet they never told us about an already-approved LNG export license
right where the Sabal Trail pipeline chain goes in Florida.
A partner in the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline confirmed
this week that natural gas transported by the pipeline could be one
supply source for liquefied natural gas bound for India.
The news comes after Paul Friedman, a project manager for the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, repeatedly — and
publicly — dismissed concerns last month from pipeline
opponents that natural gas transported through the pipeline would be
Turn one vote and actual approval of TPP will fail,
the pro-LNG-export pro-fracking pro-pipeline Trans-Pacific Partnership
got Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in the U.S. Senate yesterday
“by the narrowest margin in the legislative mechanism’s history, 60-37.
The procedural measure required 60 votes to pass.”
So it’s time to call Florida Senator Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio (who apparently didn’t even read it), Georgia Senator David Perdue who claimed he wanted transparency and Johnny Isakson who should represent the people of Georgia, and all the other
Senators who voted for that corporate power grab.
It’s not a short list; basically nothing Dougherty County
has been answered by Sabal Trail or FERC:
They have not
addressed the issues of (1) potential effects on geology and soil, (2) impacts on water resources and wetlands, (3) impacts on
vegetation, forests, fisheries, wildlife and threatened species, (4)
cumulative impacts, (5) public safety concerns, (6) purpose and need
for the proposed pipeline, (7) alternatives to the preferred route,
(8) air quality and noise and (9) socioeconomic
factors – environmental justice.
Atlanta is surrounded by pipeline invaders, and Steve Caley nailed why:
“The public-use doctrine is being twisted and abused by many
companies proposing to build these pipelines that are really not for
a public purpose, but for a private profit,” said Steve Caley,
the interim director of Atlanta-based GreenLaw, an environmental
nonprofit. “There needs to be a change in the law to further
circumscribe the use of eminent domain.”
Susan Waller is vice president of stakeholder outreach and sustainability for Spectra Energy Corp. Spectra Energy is the Houston based company that is installing and planning various fracked gas pipelines across the USA for export to other countries. This includes the regional Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC owned by Spectra Energy,
NextEra (FPL), and Duke Energy. These utility companies, are invested in fracking, and plan to run a pipeline 500 miles beginning in in Alabama, through Georgia, and ending in Florida near export terminals already permitted and ready to go.