Received today. I added the links and illustrations and a few [notes]. -jsq
Copy of Letter sent to Albany Mayor Hubbard on behalf of Beacon
Baptist Church opposing pipeline: Hello Mayor Hubbard,
I am writing to you on behalf of Beacon Baptist Church located at
5818 Newton Rd., Albany Ga. directly across from the proposed site
for the Sabal Trail/Spectra Energy compressor station and pipeline
We are asking you, as the Mayor of Albany, to take action in
protecting our community by opposing the Sabal Trail/Spectra Energy
pipeline. We have contacted County Commissioners and reached out to
your office on several occasions about this issue. We have done
extensive research compiling a list of some 6095 people across the
US that have been negatively affected by Sabal Trail/Spectra Energy
and other related pipelines. We have cited
the numerous safety
violations of Sabal Trail/Spectra Energy and the enormous fines that
have been levied against them. It is our deep concern that after 51
years at our current location, Continue reading
Anybody want to ask Spectra what they expected from Gov. Deal
they contributed $10,000 to his campaign?
222 Pine Ave, Albany, GA 31701
Our local government officials have listened to our outcry and
organized a public meeting featuring but not limited to Spectra, EPA
and Gov Deal reps. Please join us, lets show them we are a UNITED
Carlton Fletcher wrote for the Albany Herald 24 September 2014,
Albany’s Jon Howard, Dougherty County’s John Hayes host pipeline meetings:
Officials’ community meetings are called to inform public about proposed natural gas pipeline,
The Dougherty County and Albany City commissions will hold a joint
meeting Monday at 10 a.m. to discuss the pipeline. Federal and state
officials, as well as representatives of Spectra Energy, which is
building the pipeline, are expected to attend.
Who’s holding the meetings: Continue reading
Update 28 Sep 2014: With details from Bill Huston.
The main point remains:
“Supporting the pipeline proposal as it stands amounts to surrendering our future to the petroleum industry.”
That about sums it up, both for Kinder Morgan’s
Constition Pipeline Northeast Direct project (NED)
through Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts,
and for Spectra and FPL’s Sabal Trail pipeline through Alabama, Georgia,
Parry Teasdale wrote for The Columbia Paper of Ghent, NY 25 September 2014,
EDITORIAL: Stop this pipeline,
The proposed pipeline would reportedly run beneath 55 private
properties in Columbia County if it’s approved by federal
regulators. The property owners would have to grant rights of way to
the company. Neither the towns nor the county could intervene.
The editorial doesn’t really buy that last: it laster asks
local governments to intervene.
Opponents say that property values along and nearby Continue reading
Rather than stopping leaks and explosions, Cynthia L. Quarterman (no relation)
seems to spend a lot of time
testifying before Congress, see for example
these CSPAN videos.
Maybe now that “market forces” are shifting away from fossil fuels,
instead of chasing the white whale of pipelines for fracked methane to LNG export, we can get a new PHMSA Administrator who will do something about the lax safety of the pipelines we’ve got while we get on with shifting to sun, wind, and water power.
James F. Bowe, Jr. and Sara E. Peters wrote for Energy Newsletter, March 2014,
Congress Probes Crude by Rail Safety Developments; Voluntary Industry-Regulator Agreement Addresses Safety Concerns, Continue reading
It’s indeed historic when heirs of John D. Rockefeller,
the man whose Standard Oil more than any other company
put the world on its current fossil-fuel-burning climate-changing
path decide to divest from coal and tar sands.
But read their actual statement: they’re not divesting from natural gas,
or fracking, or even from oil.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) PR 22 September 2014
Fund Announces Plans to Divest from Fossil Fuels,
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has been working to better align its
endowed assets with its mission since 2010, when the board of
trustees approved a commitment of up to 10 percent of the endowment
to investments consistent with the foundation’s Sustainable
Development program goals. Stephen Heintz, president of the Fund,
announced its decision to divest from fossil fuels at a press
conference in New York City on September 22, 2014, one day before
world leaders convene at the UN Climate Summit. The Fund has begun a
two-step process to divest from investments in fossil fuels, first
focusing on limiting its exposure to coal and tar sands, with a goal
to reduce these investments to less than one percent of the total
portfolio by the end of 2014. The Fund is also analyzing in detail
its remaining fossil fuel exposure and will develop a plan for
further divestment as quickly as is prudent over the next few years.
There’s nothing about this continued investment in fracked methane
New York Times story or in any of the
others I’ve found.
But RBF’s own PR is pretty clear.
That PR and a longer statement
refer us to Continue reading
Tied for number 3 and receiving $10,000 in 2014 Top Vendors/Recipients from Spectra Energy according to
Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia,
where Spectra wants to gouge a 100-foot right of way
for its 36-inch fracked methane Sabal Trail pipeline.
Actually, Nathan Deal’s campaign committee has accepted at least $21,300 from
natural gas pipeline companies, including
$15,000 from companies that build LNG export terminals (Sempra and AECOM)
build pipelines to LNG export terminals (Spectra and AECOM).
and $6,300 from an Alabama
pipeline supply company (Consolidated Pipe & Supply Company).
Tied with Deal for third and also receiving $10,000 from Spectra:
Governor Robert J. Bentley of Alabama,
where the Sabal Trail pipeline starts, connecting to Williams Transco’s
Hillabee Expansion Project, which along with Sabal Trail and FSC forms the
Southeast Market Expansion Project.
Governor Bill Haslam of
Tennessee, where Spectra wants to start its
same-size Renaissance Pipeline to run through northeast
Alabama and north Georgia past Atlanta.
Let’s look at candidate Nathan Deal’s
most recent Georgia campaign contribution disclosure report contributions,
for June 30th 2014: Continue reading
How desperate is the pipeline industry getting?
One has gone so far as to demand a court grant it veto power over public open records.
Kala Kachmar, Montgomery Advertiser, 17 September 2014,
Alagasco sues Advertiser to stop use of pipe safety plan,
Alabama Gas Corporation has taken legal action to attempt to stop
the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing or writing about the
company’s document that outlines a plan to ensure the safety of gas
The document, Alagasco’s Distribution Integrity Management Plan
(DIMP), was obtained in June through a public records request to the
Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC), which oversees the state’s
All gas companies are
required by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous
Materials Safety Administration to file a plan that assures pipeline
safety and integrity with the state entity that oversees utility
The regulation requires Continue reading
Would it or wouldn’t it cross the Withlacoochee River in Florida?
(It certainly would in Georgia by 4 out of 5 proposed paths.)
And Sabal Trail poo-poohed all four of Greenlaw’s suggested Alternatives,
but FERC could still require any one of them.
Here are Sabal Trail’s own maps of Greenlaw Alternatives 1-4:
Noise, land-use, health, and a planned joint meeting with county
and city Commissions of Dougherty County and Albany.
But will they actually pass an ordinance with legal effect?
How about get a judge to rule that the pipeline
company is not acting in public service for Georgia
and therefore cannot use eminent domain like a judge in Kentucky did?
Franklin White wrote for WFXL 15 September 2014,
Residents voice health concerns about possible pipeline.
It was a packed house Monday as Dougherty County residents asked the Dougherty County Commission to formulate a noise ordinance.
Christian McKinney wrote for WALB 15 September 2014,
Dougherty Co. to meet, discuss controversial Sabal pipeline, Continue reading
All members of the Dougherty County Commission signed a letter saying
“we grow increasingly concerned” that FERC and Sabal Trail aren’t
listening to concerns of Dougherty County citizens.
And that was after one August meeting of citizens discussing
and opposing that fracked methane pipeline;
Dougherty County citizens have held at least
four such meetings by now.
Maybe the Dougherty County Commission would like to
take legal action
by passing a land-use ordinance regulating pipelines.
many other County Commissions that are going to be affected by
And maybe the Alternative 1,
if the pipeline gets moved from its current proposed path
might want to also take action.
Here are images of the pages the Dougherty County
Commission sent to
5 September 2014, starting with the two pages of the Commission’s letter
dated 25 August 2014, three pages of a stakeholder writeup signed by Dinorah Hall,
two pages not depicted that were broken TIFFs, but presumably contained
the 13 August 2014 Albany Herald story about the South Dougherty League meeting,
and a Limited Warrantee Deed dated 24 May 2014 transferring 79.184 acres from
Down Home Plantation LLC to Sabal Trail Transmission LLC, which.
the Dougherty County Commission guesses is for a compressor station.
It’s not like that land transfer is a secret.
Searching for Sabal Trail in Continue reading