Tired of reporting on explosions unprevented by the
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
just issued a damning set of recommendations
to PHMSA, plus to an alphabet soup of other organizations to ride herd
on PHMSA to try to get some improvement.
How about instead we stop building new pipelines and get on with solar power?
NTSB said its motivation was three recent explosions it reported: the
2009 Palm City, Florida flying pipeline that almost hit a high school,
2010 San Bruno, California PG&E Pipeline Rupture and Fire,
2012 Sissonville, West Virginia I-75 house destruction,
These three accidents resulted in 8 fatalities, over 50 injuries,
and 41 homes destroyed with many more damaged.
And NTSB reporting on PHMSA’s failures goes back way farther than that, Continue reading NTSB tells PHMSA to fix its horrible pipeline safety methods →
Still more evidence that new natural gas pipelines are an unneeded boondoggle.
Kathryn R. Eiseman, Commonwealth Magazine, 20 January 2015,
New gas pipelines can be avoided:
Back-up fuel incentives are the way to go,
LAST WINTER’S NATURAL gas price spikes, and resultant electric rate
hikes, continue to be used to justify the push for massive expansion
of gas infrastructure. Yet a successful program to incentivize New
England’s power generators to contract for back-up fuel for this
winter undermines the argument for more pipelines. This winter’s
lower wholesale gas and electric prices indicate that the rate hikes
themselves could have been avoided had such measures been more fully
implemented for the 2013-2014 winter.
Measures like contracting to buy gas from peak load plants that sometimes sat idle last winter.
And measures like storing gas when it’s cheap to use in the winter.
In fact, ISO-NE intentionally excluded LNG storage incentives from
last winter’s winter reliability program,
telling the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
that gas-market-related solutions “would
lower gas prices and send the wrong signal about the relative
scarcity of natural gas. These lower prices would also be reflected
in the electricity market.” In other words, allowing prices to
rise would help convince the public Continue reading New England doesn’t need more gas pipelines: stockpile instead →
If a pipeline explodes and only trees are burnt, does anybody care?
This one was picked up by National Weather Service radar.
Have you ever heard of solar panels exploding?
Josh and Toni Hardy, MSNewsNow, 14 January 2015,
Pipeline fire burns out; leaves behind scorched patch of forest, Continue reading Radar saw fracked methane pipeline explode near reservoir, Jackson, MS →
The oil may never reach Bismark because it will pollute Lake Sakakawea on the Missouri River first.
Or it could go all the way down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
and join BP’s oil.
Let’s stop building more of them.
Solar power is faster, cheaper, and far safer.
Jessica Summers, Bloomberg news, 18 January 2015,
Oil Spills Into Yellowstone River After Montana Crude Pipe Leak,
Oil pumped in the Bakken leaked from a pipeline into the Yellowstone
River near Glendive in Montana on Saturday.
Continue reading Oil pipeline leak into Yellowstone River, upstream from Little Missouri National Park, Williston, and Bismark →
Maybe fossil fuel pipelines aren’t such a lucrative business after all?
Funny how this Spectra downgrade comes right after
the big announcement
EPA proposed methane rules.
Can Spectra Energy CEO Greg Ebel explain this away to investors
three weeks from now?
OPEC driving the price of gas down
energy deals among U.S., China, and Russia tanking the U.S. LNG export market?
Ebel’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.
Faye Duncan wrote for Dakota Financial News 16 January 2015,
Spectra Energy Corp. Cut to “Hold” at Tudor Pickering, Continue reading Spectra stock cut to hold; can CEO Greg Ebel explain 5 Feb 2015? →
And of course our own Laura gave her usual valuable insights! An
excellent presentation by OSFR well attended except by Suwannee
County citizens. Columbia County voted to have their attorney
consult with Alachua County to draft a resolution or ordinance
against fracking and related issues. Thank you Merrillee, Jim and
all the members of OSFR and other groups for a concise and excellent
presentation. Now for the rest of North Florida counties… Like
Our Santa Fe River, 15 January 2015,
Columbia Commissioners Take First Step,
And a giant step it was. The far-sighted and open-minded
commissioners listened attentively and with interest to the
detailed, informative and professionally delivered Power Point
presentation by OSFR president Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson giving the
many reasons for adopting an ordinance banning fracking in Continue reading Columbia County, FL steps towards anti-fracking ordinance →
EPA regulations are not just for coal anymore, emphasizing that fracked methane pipelines are not the answer:
how about we go straight to sun and wind power?
Today we’ll see how serious president Obama is about methane emissions.
Meanwhile, there’s already
an opportunity to comment on an EPA methane rule proposed in December.
Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, 13 January 2015,
Barack Obama moves to cut methane emissions by almost half:
Environmental Protection Agency will cut oil and gas industry methane emissions as president seeks to bolster climate legacy,
The new methane rules “ which will be formally unveiled on
Wednesday—are the last big chance for Obama to fight climate
The Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to cut methane
emissions by up to 45% from 2012 levels by 2025, White House
officials told campaigners during a briefing call.
But it was not clear whether the new rules would apply to existing
oil and gas installations, in addition to future sources of carbon
pollution, which could Continue reading Obama to move to cut methane emissions →
There’s still time to comment on one methane rule proposed by the EPA,
which was partly prompted by outside comment to start with.
So far, the only comments are by fossil fuel industry consortiums.
Why should they have all the fun?
Here’s how to post your own comments.
And there may be
another rule announced today.
Posted by the EPA, 9 December 2014,
Greenhouse Gas Reporting: 2015 Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems,
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing revisions and
confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas
systems source category of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. In
particular, the EPA is proposing to add calculation methods and
reporting requirements for greenhouse gas emissions from gathering
and boosting facilities, completions and workovers of oil wells with
hydraulic fracturing, and blowdowns of natural gas transmission
pipelines between compressor stations. The EPA is also proposing
well identification reporting requirements to improve the EPA’s
ability to verify reported data and enhance transparency. This
action also proposes confidentiality determinations for new data
elements contained in these proposed amendments.
Pipelines between compressor stations would affect
the compressor stations proposed for the Sabal Trail pipeline.
The proposed rule also spells out in numerous places that
it’s about distribution pipelines, too.
And the proposed rule was partly motivated by requests from
concerned parties: Continue reading EPA natural gas greenhouse gas reporting proposed rule 2014-12-09 →
The pipeline companies are invading insurgents, acting against the stated
directions of local elected governments.
Pipeline opponents, fighting for their land, water, air, safety, and children,
Merriam Webster defines insurgent as:
a person who revolts against civil authority or an established government
Five Six counties and two cities in Georgia and Florida
have so far passed resolutions against the Sabal Trail pipeline,
and four state representatives have complained to FERC about it:
here’s a list.
That’s in addition to the other
federal agencies that
have complained to FERC.
And in addition to the hundreds of individuals who have
spoken at Sabal Trail’s Open Houses and FERC’s Scoping Meetings,
overwhelmingly opposing the pipeline.
And in addition to the numerous landowner, environmental, and
political organizations that have passed resolutions,
filed with FERC, and in many cases
intervened with FERC against Sabal Trail’s application for a permit.
So if you see the people willing to put their time, money, and in many cases
their freedom on the line; when you see the media
call them insurgents, you know it’s a lie.
Like Americans against invading redcoats, pipeline opponents are patriots.
One of many lies deliberately promoted by the fossil fuel industry.
Eamon Javers wrote for CNBC 8 November 2011
Oil Executive: Military-Style ‘Psy Ops’ Experience Applied, Continue reading Sabal Trail is an insurgent invader; pipeline opponents are environmental patriots →
The state representative for
Valdosta and parts of
cited their two resolutions and
enumerated lack of need for a pipeline, threatening letters from Sabal Trail, alternative routes
next to a school, ill effects on business
forestry and agriculture
private property valuations,
potential sinkholes due to drilling under the
including on the
anywhere in the fragile karst limestone
containing the Floridan Aquifer,
plus Spectra Energy’s own
say it doesn’t have insurance to cover
the kinds of
safety problems in Spectra’s own history
nor those pointed out by
Southern Natural Gas Company.
Dexter Sharper noted local evidence that
solar power is cheaper and safer,
the Lowndes County Democratic Party
“…we have a moral obligation to leave our children and grandchildren with an earth as safe, beautiful, and majestic as the one bequeathed to us by our parents and grandparents.”
For all these reasons, on behalf of my constituents and the citizens of Lowndes County and the state of Georgia, I oppose the Sabal Trail pipeline anywhere in the County of Lowndes or the State of Georgia.
I urge that FERC reject any permit for the Sabal Trail pipeline, or at the very least move it entirely out of the State of Georgia.
Filed 7 January 2015 with FERC as
Accession Number: 20150107-5100,
“Comment of Dexter Sharper, Georgia State Representative, District 177, under CP15-17.” Continue reading No eminent domain for water-threatening unnecessary Sabal Trail pipeline –GA Rep. Dexter Sharper District 177 →