Update 27 October 2014: Added
page 3 FERC had
omitted, about lack of need, most property owners already have a pipeline, explosions, false pretense, and duress.
Because of the last point about Nathan Deal,
several people brought this ecomment to my attention today.
Its main request is for FERC to
vacate surveys taken through permission obtained
through misleading letters, and make Sabal Trail
resurvey only those properties whose landowners
give permission after being informed important information such as that
Sabal Trail cannot use Georgia eminent domain.
Actually, the Lowndes County government got a letter from Sabal Trail
19 June 2013, even earlier than
the ones noted below.
Also, the point about
Delays I haven’t seen before,
especially combined with
the point about harm to landowners.
The date of
formation reaches its punchline two pages later in
I added the links and images. Filed with FERC
30 September 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary; FERC;
On December 19, 2012, Florida Power & Light, hereafter referred to
as FPL. issued a Request For Proposal with a deadline of April 3,
2013 ((A) see attached Florida PSC report), to construct a natural
gas pipeline from Southwest central Alabama to South central Florida
a distance of some 700 miles and completely by-passing Georgia
((B) see attached FPL map).
Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, hereafter
referred to as STT, changed the FPL route, at their discretion, Continue reading Make Sabal Trail resurvey all the properties –Bill Kendall
Filed with FERC
30 September 2014:
City of Albany
Post Office Box 447
Dorothy B. Hubbard
September 16, 2014
Ms. Cheryl A. LaFleur, Chairman
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426
RE: FERC Docket #PF-14-l-Sabal Trail Transmissions, LLC
Dear Chairman LaFleur. Continue reading Put Sabal Trail project on hold –Albany Mayor Hubbard
Filed with FERC
30 September 2014:
Mary Rehberg, Albany, GA.
Albany and Dougherty County do not want, need or benefit in any way
by this pipeline. These pipelines have been known to leak and to
blow up. The pumping station needs jet turbines to pump the gas and
the noise level will be horrific to anyone living near it. It should
not be anywhere near any homes or businesses. We get all the risk
and none of the benefit. We just do not want it!
comment with FERC.
This is what we’re going to get in
Dougherty County, Georgia,
and Lowndes County, and
Suwannee County, Florida, and all the
other counties along whichever route FERC picks for the Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline to
three already-authorized LNG export operations in Florida,
unless somebody actually does something more than just talk.
What talk gets you is being counted as one of n speakers at m meetings,
and then this:
The Commission found that the proposal, as mitigated with 79
conditions found in Appendix B of today’s order, is in the public
That’s right, FERC found Continue reading FERC authorized Cove Point LNG export in Maryland
FERC’s reps said their five Commissioners would decide in about a year,
and Sabal Trail said they’d tune details and “educate the public”
about the alleged “need” and “jobs” and “environmental safety”
of their yard-wide fracked methane pipeline gouged through a hundred-foot
right of way plus a compressor station.
The public wasn’t having any of that in Albany, Georgia yesterday.
Update 30 Sep 2014: But that very same day,
FERC rubberstamped Cove Point LNG in Maryland after “more than 140 speakers at three public meetings related to the Environmental Assessment and received more than 650 comments”,
and that’s what we’re going to get with Sabal Trail, unless our elected and appointed officials go beyond talk and pass binding ordinances, deny permits, and countersue.
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 Protect our community from Sabal Trail –Beacon Baptist Church to Albany Mayor Hubbard
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 Spectra haunting Albany, GA 10AM Monday 29 Sep 2014
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 Stop this Pipeline –Columbia Paper not buying the script
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 Departing PHMSA Administrator has let regulated companies determine testing as LNG exports increase
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 Rockefeller Brothers Fund divesting from coal and tar sands, but not from natural gas