Watch out, Valdosta and Tifton! The Hillabee Georgia alternative route avoids Albany and Russell County, Alabama, by starting in Harris County, Georgia, passing through Muscogee, Talbot, Chattachoochee, Marion, Schley, Sumter, Lee, Worth, Turner, Tift, Cook, and Lowndes Counties before entering Florida in Hamilton County much like Spectra’s preferred route. This is the rest of the Option B that was first proposed to Lowndes County residents back in June.
The Florida Panhandle alternative route appears to cross several Georgia rivers by hugging the Georgia-Florida line to avoid the Apalachicola National Forest and the Lake Talquin State Forest in Florida. This looks like the route published in Florida newspapers back in June. It adds Choctaw, Clarke, Monroe, Conecuh, Covington, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, and Houston Counties in Alabama, and Jackson, Gadsden and Jefferson Counties in Florida.
They call this a “Permission Request” yet they say they intend “to enter upon your property”, citing a bunch of legal cases to try to scare you into agreeing. They also say this
But if they actually put a pipeline on your property they are taking your trees and numerous uses away from you and replacing them with a highway for trespassers and poachers and hazards.
Here’s the text of the letter from a PDF of a scanned copy forwarded by a landowner. -jsq
HUNTON & WILLIAMS LLPContinue reading Sabal Trail intends to enter upon your Property
500 PEACHTREE STREET N.E.
ATLANTA. GEORGIA 30308-2216
TEL 404 – 888 – 4000
FAX 404 – 888 – 4190
MATTHEW J. CALVERT
DIRECT DIAL: 404 – B88 – 4117
Spectra’s filing last Friday with FERC included this PDF overview map that shows more detailed context than was visible in the photographed versions we had before. JPEG image appended for convenience.
More maps will appear in the Draft Resource Report 1 page, extracted from SABAL TRAIL PROJECT, DRAFT RESOURCE REPORT 1, General Project Description, FERC Docket No. PF14-1-000, Initial Pre-Filing Draft, November 2013. Continue reading Detailed project overview map from Sabal Trail
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Valdosta, November 19, 2013 –Find out Saturday morning about the huge pipeline proposed to run through our area. Who benefits (not Georgia citizens). What fines have been imposed on the pipeline company. What are the potential dangers of corrosion, leaks and more. Most importantly, find out what our community can do to stop this pipeline from being built.
10 AM to Noon
Saturday, November 23rd 2013
Valdosta City Hall Annex
300 North Lee Street
Valdosta, GA 31601
Why: Spectra Energy
a hundred-foot-wide gash through our lands for their huge 36 inch Sabal Trail gas pipeline from Alabama through Georgia to feed Florida Power and Light (FPL) for no benefit to local citizens. A one-time payment is nowhere near adequate for permanent destruction and hazards when FPL and Spectra would continue to profit forever.
Agenda:Continue reading More about the Sabal Trail gas pipeline and how to stop it: SpectraBusters Information Meeting #2
Today is the last day to file legal protest against the Sabal Trail pipeline at the Florida PSC. AARP is already protesting FPL’s rate hikes for that pipeline all the way to the Supreme Court, for the health, safety, and financial security of AARP members; concerns that are just as valid along the whole path of that proposed pipeline as they are for FPL ratepayers in Florida.
Dr. Richard Swier wrote for watchdogwire.com 3 May 2013, AARP files brief in the Florida Supreme Court challenging the Florida Public Service Commission: Lawsuit involves FPL rate increase,
Attorney Jack L. McRay — representing the AARP — has filed a brief with the Florida Supreme Court asking the Court to remand the recent decision by the Florida Public Service Commission (Commission) to approval a “secret” settlement agreement between Florida Power & Light (FPL) and three other parties related to FPL’s March 2012 petition filed with the Commission to raise electric rates for some 4.1 million customers.
What are these rate increases for? Let’s go to the horse’s mouth, FPL VP of development and external affairs Pam Rauch, the same who filed PF14-2 at FERC for the connecting pipeline Florida Southeast Connection LLC (FSC), wrote in Florida Voices 29 July 2012, FPL Makes Its Case for Rate Increase, Continue reading AARP against FPL rate hike for gas pipeline
How is that “additional 50 feet of construction lane” temporary after you’ve torn down all the trees, Sabal Trail? And the route you’re showing Alexander City goes through Valdosta, while around here you’re telling us a different route. You told a Lowndes County resident you could also build feeder pipelines, yet the Alexander City story doesn’t mention anything about that. Which of your stories should we believe, Sabal Trail?
Robert Hudson wrote for alexcityOutlook.co 13 November 2013, Citizens hear about proposed gas pipeline,
“At the end of the day, should our project be approved, that comes down to only being 50 feet,” Grover said. “Then there will also be an additional 50 feet of construction lane that will be temporary so that they can build the pipeline in that easement.”
Let’s go back a month and a few hundred miles south to what Brad McEwen wrote in the Albany Herald 20 October 2013, Continue reading Only 50 feet? Sabal Trail in Alexander City, AL
If Spectra is building a pipeline to export through a British Columbian Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) port, what are they building this Sabal Trail Transmission pipeline for? Could it have anything to do with the U.S. House Subcommittee chaired by Spectra’s Houston hometown Rep. Ted Poe wanting to export gas to India?
Spectra’s own web page about this, Spectra Energy and BG Group Natural Gas Transportation System:
British Columbia, Canada, enjoys an abundance of natural gas resources that can serve the province and North America’s energy needs, and also serve growing global demand. Developing new markets for its natural gas will benefit B.C., through job creation, investment, increased revenues, and enhanced competitiveness. In turn, markets served by B.C. will gain access to cleaner-burning, reliable and affordable natural gas. To benefit B.C. and serve multiple markets, Spectra Energy and our partner, BG Group, propose to build a 850-kilometre (525 mile) natural gas system originating from northeastern B.C. to serve BG Group’s potential liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Prince Rupert, on the province’s northwest coast.
Spectra PR of 10 September 2012, Continue reading Spectra building pipeline to export through BC LNG terminal