FLiNG (Florida LNG Group, LLC) says of itself…..
FLiNG “is located immediately adjacent to Floridian Natural Gas Storage, which is scheduled to begin producing LNG in early 2016. …. We serve the Florida market as well as the Caribbean, and Central American export markets. FLiNG Energy is close to all major Florida ports, another logistical advantage that allows us to support international LNG users.”
Where will that gas come from???
LNG World News carried a FLiNG press release 21 Januar 2014,
FLiNG Energy to Serve LNG, CNG Markets in Florida and Caribbean.
Gee, FERC didn’t mention this to us- I’m shocked, shocked!
Goven, a Miami based company, will be exporting LNG after the Dept of Energy granted them a permit. They claim no new facillites will be needed….
LNG World News Staff wrote 31 January 2014,
USA: DOE Approves Goven LNG Exports via Containers.
Sierra Club has
a petition to stop Congressional fast-track for the
Trans-Pacific Parternership (TPP),
and that will probably stop the TPP, because in regular Congressional
hearings the parts that have been kept secret would get exposed,
which would make TPP very hard to approve.
Look at what Wikileaks found in
the TPP environment chapter,
the intellectual property chapter.
The U.S. is apparently lobbying for criminal offenses for even unintentional
infringements of “copyright, related rights and trademarks”
Yet there are no criminal sanctions for destroying our environment,
and the draft TPP text even points out:
On the other hand, WTO rules do allow members to derogate from their
obligations in some cases, for instance where a measure is aimed at the
conservation of natural resources, provided certain conditions are met.
Do we want corporate profit to override our clean water and air
and native plants and animals, not to mention our property rights?
Here’s the Sierra Club petition:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could leave a big fracking mess!
The TPP is being pushed by Continue reading Sierra Club petition against TPP
2004 2014 issue
Georgia Sierra Club‘s
The same issue has an excellent article on Georgia’s aquifers,
including the Floridan Aquifer that is a drinking water source
for all of Florida, through which the Sabal Trail pipeline proposes to bulldoze.
Proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline Threatens
Southwest Georgia Communities
By John Quarterman
Why should a shell corporation owned by two companies in Houston,
Texas and Juno Beach, Florida get to take Georgians’ property to
pipe fracked methane to Florida through our fragile karst limestone
drinking water aquifer?
Yet that’s what Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, proposes to do, Continue reading Proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline Threatens Southwest Georgia Communities –in Georgia Sierran
The Colquitt County newspaper noticed the
EPA questions to FERC about the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline,
and even got sort of a response out of Sabal Trail.
Alan Mauldin wrote for the Moultrie Observer 26 April 2014,
EPA letter lists concerns with Sabal Trail,
One issue raised by EPA is whether laying a new, 36-inch pipeline in
proximity to a 10-inch pipeline built in the 1950s would present a
danger to the public.
The alternate route that would take the pipeline through the heart
of Colquitt County would for some of its path run parallel to the
old iron pipeline.
“Consequently, concerns exist with the safety of Continue reading EPA comments in Moultrie Observer
People talk about LNG exports to China through the
Transco – Sabal Trail – Florida Southeast Connection
pipeline, even though
FPL says it knows nothing about exports through that
Southeast Market Pipelines Project (SMPP), and FERC also seems to know nothing.
If that fracked gas really can go to China, where’s
FERC’s rationale for federal eminent domain,
which depends on Florida needing the gas?
FPL’s own 10-Year Site Plan doesn’t support a need for the gas,
EPA doesn’t buy what it’s seen as rationalizations for that
can the gas go to China?
FERC has admitted in more than one Scoping Meeting that it’s not the
pipeline company that has to get export authorization: it’s the end user.
And FPL is not the only end user and FERC is not the only export-authorizing agency. Continue reading Can Sabal Trail fracked methane go to China?
FPL doubled down on a need
because it claims fracked methane is “clean”,
FERC filing of 21 April 2014.
FPL says it is
“a strong supporter of solar power”
even though it
didn’t increase its solar capacity from 2010 to 2013
because of the lame baseload capacity excuse.
FPL says it knows nothing about
Export of Gas, even though
Floridian LNG, located next to FPL’s Martin County “Clean Energy” Center right at the end of the Transco-Sabal-FSC pipeline,
was approved for LNG export by the U.S. DoE Office Fossil Energy (FE)
14 November 2013,
Crowley Maritime’s Carib Energy
was approved for export from Florida by FE 27 July 2011.
And FPL says its ratepayers are not paying the costs
of the pipeline, even though FPL VP of development and external affairs Pam Rauch
argued in pring 29 July 2012 for a “Clean Energy” (fracked methane) Center at Cape Canaveral
that was one of several mentioned
by the Tampa Times 24 October 2014
as a reason for a new pipeline,
and that same Pam Rauch
filed PF14-2 with FERC for the Florida Southeast Connection (FSC) pipeline that connects from Sabal Trail to FPL’s
“Clean Energy” Center in Martin County, next to Floridian LNG.
FPL doesn’t seem to know what’s going on next to it,
and maybe not what its own employees are doing.
I hope EPA doesn’t consider
the questions it filed with FERC the same day
answered by this weak tea from FPL.
April 21, 2014
Ms. Kimberly D. Bose
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20426
Southeast Market Pipelines Project
Docket Nos. PF14-1-000, PF14-2-000, and PF14-6-000
Dear Ms. Bose:
Florida Power & Light Company (“FPL”) hereby submits these comments in response Continue reading FPL supports solar power without spending money on it –FPL to FERC
Published with permission of the author, who stressed she sent
“Not as a member of Spectrabusters. Just me.” I added a few links. -jsq
From: Beth Gordon
Date: April 24, 2014, 8:15:30 AM EDT
To: John Peconom of FERC
Subject: EPA comments
Dear Mr. Peconum,
Does FERC, or Spectra, intend answer
the questions posed by the EPA? I
read their posted comments yesterday. They obviously share many
people’s feeling that Sabal Trail’s claims don’t add up.
Florida doesn’t need this gas.
In fact right now, Florida has so much that we
store it. Spectra and FPL need this amount of gas
for LNG plants for export,
obviously. And for the Riviera beach connection to a 46 inch
pipeline to run to the Bahamas undersea. Switching over one coal plant
doesn’t justify a 3 billion dollar pipeline. Especially where
FPL has raised, rather than lowered, electric bills on account of this
The EPA’s questions must be given serious thought by FERC before it
awards this project, and
the eminent domain rights attendant to it.
Floridians will see no Continue reading The EPA’s questions must be given serious thought by FERC –Beth Gordon
This document appears to say the federal government can’t take
private property “merely for the purpose of advancing
the economic interest of private parties”,
which would seem to preclude federal eminent domain being applied
for the Sabal Trail pipeline if its gas is really for export.
Executive Order 13406 of June 23, 2006,
Protecting the Property Rights of the American People,
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the
laws of the United States of America, and to strengthen the rights of the
American people against the taking of their private property, it is hereby
ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights
of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking
of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the
taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of
benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing
the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of
the property taken. Continue reading Executive Order 13406: Protecting the Property Rights of the American People
How does a 13% projected power increase justify a
33% 50% increase
in fracked methane delivered by a third new pipeline?
And why isn’t FPL doing more with solar power in the Sunshine State?
Updated 12 August 2014: Fixed 50% increase, which was so absurdly high that I didn’t believe it when I first wrote this. Yet 3/2 is a 50% increase.
10-Year Site Plan web page says:
FPL submitted its 10-Year Power Plant Site Plan 2014-2023 to the Florida Public Service Commission in April 2014.
The document includes on page 37
FPL’s own Schedule 2.1 History and Forecast of Energy Consumption
And Number of Customers by Customer Class (Projected),
which shows 55,739 GWh for 2014 and 62,870 GWh projected for 2023.
That’s an increase of 13% over a decade.
How does that (very aggressive) forecasted increase
justify a natural gas increase of
33% 50% by adding a third pipeline?
(And by the way, those numbers are significantly less than
the numbers in FPL’s 2011 plan of Continue reading FPL’s own projections don’t support need for a new pipeline