Spectra is haunting Atlanta, too!
They call it the
Rennaisance Project, from Columbia, Tennessee through
northern Alabama and north Georgia to Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County.
Staff Graphic for timesfreepress.com by Laura W. McNutt
wrote for timesfreepress.com 13 May 2012,
Natural gas pipeline considered for tri-state region,
A high-volume natural gas pipeline could wind across a 230-mile gap
from South Central Tennessee through North Alabama and Northwest
Georgia on its way to link with a pipeline northeast of Atlanta.
Officials with Houston, Texas-based Spectra Energy Corp. say that,
if a green light follows assessments by the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission and other federal, state and local
authorities, the proposed pipeline will connect directly the
company’s Texas Eastern system in Columbia, Tenn., to the Transco
Interstate pipeline system near Lawrenceville, Ga.
The pipeline’s capacity is projected at Continue reading Another Spectra pipeline, TN-AL-GA Renaissance →
Comment on FERC docket PF14-1 16 October 2013.
Yes, if this pipeline is so safe and desirable, why can’t it go
in public road rights of way? -jsq
Tim Bland, Valdosta, GA.
I am writing in regard to the construction of a new natural gas
pipeline by Sable Trails/Spectra Energy, Docket #PF14-1. This
proposed line will run right through the middle of my property
located at 4801 Gary Lane in Valdosta, Georgia. The majority of the
land that will be affected is planted in pine trees, which we use
for the harvest and sale of pine straw and eventually the sale of
the timber itself. Looking long-term, as a supplement for
retirement, we have also considered subdividing this land into
5-acre tracks to sell for home sites.
Sable trails is demanding that we sell them a 100′ easement right in
the middle of this property, directly adjacent to an existing 50′
gas line easement owned by South Georgia Natural Gas. This will make
150′ right in the middle of our property that we will no longer be
able to use for straw and timber harvesting. In addition, because of
the route this line takes through our property, it will render this
property useless for future home sites. This pipeline will have a
direct negative affect on the income earning potential of this
property for straw harvesting over the next 25-30 years as well at
the long-term earning potential of timber harvesting and sale for
As I understand it, South Georgia Natural Gas bid on this pipeline
project with intentions to place the new line within their existing
easement. However they were out bid and now refuse to allow Sable
Trails/Spectra to utilize the existing easement. Because of this, Continue reading Pine trees, home sites, and pipeline rights of way –Tim Bland to FERC →
Come see where the gas for the Sabal Trail pipeline comes from:
posted by Danielle Jordan of
When: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7:00pm
Bailey Science Center at Valdosta State University Room 3009
Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E.) and Wiregrass
Activists for Clean Energy (WACE) will be hosting a free screening
of Gasland II on Thursday, November 7th at 7:00 pm. Come learn about
the dangers of fracking and how you can get involved in the movement
to end it. The event is open to the public. Discussion will follow.
Trailer: Continue reading Gasland II movie at VSU 7PM Thursday 7 November 2013 →
Received today on
Welcome to Spectrabusters. -jsq
For all landowners who opposes the Sabal pipeline being routed
through their property and especially for those who have not given
their permission to Sabal for the “survey”. Because
Sabal is using Ga. law for threating eminent domain, be familiar
O.C.G.A. 22-3-80 through O.C.G.A. 22-3-88.
O.C.G.A. 22-3-80 (2010)
22-3-80. Legislative findings
The General Assembly finds and declares that, based on an authorized
study by the Petroleum Pipeline Study Committee created by the
General Assembly, while petroleum pipelines are appropriate and
valuable for use in the transportation of petroleum and petroleum
products, there are certain problems and characteristics indigenous
to such pipelines which require the enactment and implementation of
special procedures and restrictions on petroleum pipelines and
related facilities as a condition of the grant of the power of
eminent domain to petroleum pipeline companies.
Also RULES OF THE
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
DIVISION, Chapter 391-3-23 (Titled:
Petroleum Pipeline Eminent Domain Permit Procedures).
The following rule serves to protect Georgia’s natural and
environmental resources by requiring permits be issued by the
Director with monitoring conditions prior to any petroleum or
petroleum product pipeline company acquiring property or interests
in property by eminent domain. The rules provide for procedures for
administration of O.C.G.A. 22-3-84, governing the obtaining of the
permit provided for in O.C.G.A. 22-3- 84(a).
There is a lot of hoops Sabal must jump through before they can tell
you to “just give it up”.
If Spectra or FPL wants you to sign anything or you have already,
you can refuse or rescind permission.
Here are sample landowner letters modeled on ones
Stop the Pipeline
against the Constitution Pipeline
that would run through New York State. These letters could work just as well against
the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida,
or the Florida Southeast Connection in south Florida. (I am not a lawyer; please ask an attorney for legal advice.)
You can send a deny or rescind letter to the same address Sabal Trail (or FSC) used in any letters to you.
The address in these sample letters was on letters to Lowndes County from Sabal Trail
(and in the preliminary filing with FERC by FSC).
If you deny or rescind permission, please also
submit that as a comment to FERC.
No permission to Sabal Trail Transmission
No permission to Florida Southeast Connection
Based on Continue reading Sample no-permission letters →
A lawsuit against a Spectra pipeline in New Jersey
helps us stop a Spectra pipeline in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Join NGP to help NJ and us.
NO Gas Pipeline Membership Form
FERC-required Open Houses for the south Florida pipeline
filed by Florida Southeast Connection Monday.
Polk County gets two, and one each for Osceola, Martin (where the power plant is supposed to be), St. Lucie, and Okeechobee Counties. -jsq
October 29, 2013
Ms. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Mr. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426
Re: Florida Southeast Connection, LLC, Docket No. PF14-2-000
Dear Ms. Bose and Mr. Davis:
On October 16, 2013, the Director of the Office of Energy Projects
issued a letter in the above-captioned docket approving the request
of Florida Southeast Connection, LLC (“FSC”) to commence
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s
(“Commission”) Pre-filing Review Process of its proposed
FSC Project (“Project”). Consistent with Sections
157.21(f)(1) and 157.21(f)(3) of the Commission’s regulations, FSC
hereby submits, as an attachment, the letter sent to affected
landowners establishing the dates and locations established for open
houses. FSC has also separately informed stakeholders (including
agencies), regarding the project and the dates and location of the
Please contact Continue reading Open Houses in Florida for PF14-2 –Florida Southeast Connection →
Yesterday Sabal Trail submitted to FERC
a gold mine of contact information in the form of
Updated Appendices C and D to the Public and Agency Participation Plan for the Sabal Trail Project under Docket No. PF14-1,
submitted by Lisa A. Connolly.
Appendix C: Stakeholder List — Non-Landowners
Federal, State and Local Agencies
This list includes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Mobile,
Birmingham, Savannah, and Jackonville
thhe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Daphne, Alabama,
Atlanta, Townsend, and Fort Benning, Georgia,
and in Vero Beach and Jacksonville, Florida,
the EPA, NOAA, and numerous state offices in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida,
and a long list of Indian tribes.
Appendix D: Agency Permits/Approvals
None of these are actually for permits yet;
they’re all for process or consultation..
Agencies listed include FERC, EPA, USACE,
USFWS, NOAA, a long list of federally recognized tribes,
and state conservation, natural resources, transportation, wildlife,
parks, and historic preservation agencies
for Alabama, Georgia, and Florida,
as well as quite a few TBD (to be determined)
contacts for specific counties, including, surprisingly,
Tift County, Georgia.
Received today. This is Florida’s Withlacoochee River. -jsq
This is the large
Half Moon Wildlife Management Area that is
adjacent to my property. They are including my property as part of
the 500 feet supposedly required. Running that pipe line through
Half Moon could result in the biggest nightmare that anyone could
ever imagine. Past events will indicate future events as far as the
pipe line industry is concerned. Pipes will leak gas eventually and
this area (I have been told) is an actual flood plain that was a
lake area in the past that connected to the Withlacoochee River. So
the water level is near the land surface and corrosive action
readily takes place.
You can see the line that follows that road on Half Moon. The pipe
line will follow Continue reading Half Moon Wildlife Management Area and Sabal Trails →