Florida’s Governor Rick Scott owns Williams Co. and other pipeline company stock, and that’s an issue with FL-DEP’s intent to issue a permit for Sabal Trail, says the reporter who broke the Rick Scott conflict story a year ago.
Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog, 4 August 2015, Gov. Scott’s pipeline investment gets a boost from Florida environmental regulators,
The Board of Trustees of Florida’s Internal Improvement Trust Fund owns the submerged lands, according to DEP’s notice. The board is comprised of the governor and Cabinet — Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and state chief financial officer Jeff Atwater.
There’s much more in the story, including that WWALS Watershed Coalition intends to file a protest with FL-DEP by this Friday, August 7th. WWALS confirms that, and adds:
The article didn’t mention that Williams Company is also the owner of Transco, whose Hillabee Expansion Project across Alabama is where Sabal Trail intends to get its fracked methane, and is also one of the three parts of the so-called Southeast Market Pipelines Project, all three submitted all at the same time to FERC, with the same environmental review, with the same environmental contractor The third part is FPL’s own Florida Southeast Connection from Orlando to Martin County, Florida, where three companies are already authorized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy to export Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).
Does this seem like a conflict of interest to you?