The opportunity is here right now, with oil and gas dropping while solar power goes up like a rocket.
We can end the century-long domination of fossil fuels and get on with
a cleaner, safer, more prosperous world powered by sun, wind, and water.
Oh, and pry those clammy oily hands off our political systems while we’re at it.
Solar power is going to win anyway.
And we have the opportunity to speed that victory fast enough to stop
the fracking-junkie pipeline push, including stopping Sabal Trail and
the Palmetto Pipeline.
Jon Queally, Commondreams, 25 March 2015,
Naomi Klein: Shock of Oil Price Plunge Is Opportunity World Must Seize,
Continue reading Seize the opportunity to end fossil fuels and soar with sun, wind, and water power
“Sometimes capitalism gives us a gift, and the sudden drop in oil prices is one of them.
Think of what we could do, in rolling out renewable energy, for instance. We could take power and wealth generation away from multinationals and put it into the hands of communities. And we could ensure that the jobs paid a living wage and went to the people who need it most. The same goes for our food and transit systems.”
FERC’s role for oil pipelines is different than for natural gas pipelines.
FERC doesn’t actively promote petroleum products pipelines through federal eminent domain like it does for fracked methane; instead it leaves oil pipeline eminent domain to the states, which for Georgia seems to mostly mean the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).
FERC’s website says about
Regulating Oil Pipelines:
The Commission’s responsibilities include:
Regulation of rates and practices of oil pipeline companies engaged in interstate transportation;
Establishment of equal service conditions to provide shippers with equal access to pipeline transportation; and
Establishment of reasonable rates for transporting petroleum and petroleum products by pipeline.
So Kinder Morgan’s Palmetto petroleum products Project does fall under FERC,
but not the same way as for Sabal Trail’s fracked methane pipeline.
These FERC oil roles help explain why Continue reading Oil (Palmetto) vs. gas (Sabal Trail) pipelines at FERC
Semicolons and disjunctive ands vs. propaganda, subterfuge, and fraud
yesterday in Leesburg, GA,
and evidentiary briefs will be received by the judge over the next 20 days.
After patiently listening to Spectra attorneys detail how a 1920s
version of Georgia pipeline eminent domain law had a semicolon
that they claimed separated “in the State of Georgia” from their
pipeline, Judge Smith later remarked that the legislature passing
a bill that removed the semicolon could be used to infer that they
intended to remove the semicolon.
Sabal Trail also tried to argue that the “and” in the same sentence
was a disjunctive that similarly separated.
The judge seemed more interested in the basic question:
does Sabal Trail provide gas to customers within the State of Georgia?
The landowners’ attorney made it even more interesting, referring to Continue reading Grasping at semicolons: Sabal Trail fail in Leesburg
Sabal Trail limped away from Leesburg, Georgia
without any ruling about eminent domain.
They’re heading their pipeline posse back to town this Tuesday, 24 March 2015,
for an 11:30 AM hearing on a motion of summary judgment against the same
landowners, the Bells.
This is an opportunity for pipeline opponents to show up at the hearing or write a letter of support for the Bells.
Send your letter here and we’ll probably also publish it.
If you can’t come in person, for letters here is contact information Continue reading Return to Leesburg, GA for Sabal Trail legal hearing against landowners
There’s never been any doubt that Kinder Morgan’s Palmetto Project
to gouge through South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to Jacksonville
is an interstate pipeline and therefore under the jurisdiction of FERC.
It does aready have one FERC docket.
The only reason it doesn’t have
a pre-filing or regular filing FERC docket is it just hasn’t gotten
that far in the FERC process yet.
Update 2015-03-26: Actually, FERC doesn’t have nearly as much authority over oil pipelines.
FERC’s own docket OR15-13, was Continue reading Yes, Palmetto Pipe Line falls under FERC
This, Sabal Trail, is what a historical precedent looks like.
They protested fracked methane storage, were arrested,
and the charges were just dismissed with prejudice,
which means they case can’t be brought back on those charges.
Everything they said about Seneca Lake
applies equally to the Sabal Trail pipeline,
the Palmetto Pipeline, Elba Island LNG export, and the rest of the
whole cash-out-before-the-carbon-bubble-pops fossil fuel boondoggle.
Sometimes, in good conscience, citizens must engage in non-violent acts
of civil disobedience to protect our sacred trust.
Surveying for the unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline is not “imperative”, no matter how many
threatening letters Sabal Trail sends.
These are our sacred trust: Continue reading Justice was served at last for the Seneca Lake protesters
Shale basins lie under our Floridan Aquifer in
most of south Georgia and much of north Florida,
northwest Georgia, so it’s time for Georgia counties to join Florida
in passing anti-fracking resolutions.
I submitted a request for a resolution to ban fracking in Georgia to
the Thomas County Board of Commissioners on 3/15/2015. So please, I
would like the people of Thomas County to reinforce this and the
people of all counties in Gerogia to do likewise. Together we can
stop this crime!
Here’s the text of the request he sent to the Thomas County Commission: Continue reading Anti-fracking resolution suggested to Thomas County, Georgia
How many landowners has Sabal Trail sent final notices like this?
Update 2015-03-23: Added transcription; see
more background here and
you can write to the Clerk of Superior Court in Leesburg, GA against a possible summary judgement for surveying eminent domain in a hearing Tuesday morning 11:30 AM March 24th 2015.
It is imperative that Sabal Trail begin performing the remaining
surveys. Please consider this letter as Sabal Trail’s final request
for permission to conduct the surveys on a portion of your property….
Please note that Georgia statute O.C.G.A. 22-3-88, sets forth survey authority as
related to this Project which has been affirmed in Georgia Court.
Imperative for a company from Houston to profit by gouging through
local land and under our rivers and maybe into our aquifer.
Not imperative for those of us who live here.
And the only Georgia court decision I’ve heard of is Continue reading Eminent domain final notice from Sabal Trail
Calling their bluff at their very first “public hearing”,
longtime environmental activist Steve Willis told Kinder Morgan
that if they didn’t want the public to believe that their
pipeline is for export,
when it so conveniently runs past KM’s proposed
Elba Island LNG export terminal and to Jacksonville where
Jaxport is gearing up for LNG export,
they should post a $100 million bond.
Watch the KM rep’s face as soon as Steve says “export”;
sure looks like “OMG, he’s on to us!”
Steve noted there is no local demand for KM’s petroleum products,
and exports drive up local prices anyway.
You don’t have to believe Steve, you can believe Continue reading Post a bond if Palmetto Pipeline is not for export –Steve Willis to Kinder Morgan in Savannah
It’s time to revoke laws that support the foreign aristocracy
of invading fossil fuel companies.
Unicameral Update, 13 March 2015,
Bill would revoke eminent domain for pipelines,
Oil and gas companies could no longer exercise eminent domain in Nebraska under a bill heard by the Judiciary Committee March 11.
LB473, introduced by Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers, would repeal two provisions of the Major Oil Pipeline Siting Act: the right of eminent domain granted to oil and gas companies and the requirement that they seek approval of the governor when siting a major oil pipeline….
The act, approved by the Legislature during a 2011 special session, was designed to provide a regulatory framework for siting oil pipelines in the state. It was amended in 2012 to give the governor authority to approve major oil pipeline routes.
Concern over the state’s pipeline regulations was prompted by
TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude
oil from Canada to Gulf Coast oil refineries. The pipeline’s
original route would have traversed the Ogallala Aquifer and
And why should eminent domain apply anywhere to Spectra Energy’s
proposed Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline to LNG export in Florida,
through our drinking water Floridan Aquifer?
Chambers said his bill is Continue reading Revoke pipeline eminent domain –bill by Nebraska state Senator