The excuse for Spectra’s Sabal Trail pipeline is new natural gas
electric generating units in Florida. FPL calls this “modernizing“, which is an odd word for using 20th century fossil fuels when 21st century solar power, conservation, and efficiency is ready right now for the Sunshine State.
Adding to their opposition to LNG export, the Sierra Club Board of Directors has adopted this new policy:
“Natural Gas: The Sierra Club opposes new electric generating
units powered by natural gas, including peaking and combined cycle
units. Consistent with the Board’s goal of eliminating all fossil
fuels from the electric sector no later than 2030, it is critical
that the US avoid further high-capital investments in new natural
gas plants and related infrastructure.”
This is in Sierra Club’s Continue reading Sierra Club opposes new natural gas electric generating units: good news against Sabal Trail
Fracking for fossil fuels causes new pipelines and LNG export,
and without investment none of that will happen.
Come celebrate with S.A.V.E as we take part in the Global
Divestment Day Movement!
Come learn about divestment
from fossil fuels and how the VSU community can
get involved to better our future!!!
|Where?||VSU Palms Quad|
|When?||Feb. 12, 2015|
What is Global
Continue reading Cookout at VSU for Global Divestment –S.A.V.E.
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
Georgia Climate Change Coalition
Bike Lines to stop Pipe Lines stopped in Albany yesterday and got
some news coverage.
Diane Dean, WALB TV, 24 November 2014,
Bike riders focus on GA environment,
Members of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition are concerned about
what the planet will look like for future generations.
“It crosses the flint and Chattahoochee River and their water sheds
that provide drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people,”
said Gretchen Elsner of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition.
Rich Rusk is Continue reading GCCC against Sabal Trail in Albany, GA
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
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson of Our Santa Fe River
sent this letter yesterday to the same
newspapers Sabal Trail has been in recently. -jsq
Sabal Trail’s spokesperson distributing large quantities of disinformation
“Safety, public input, federal monitoring, jobs, tax revenue, exceed
federal safety requirements, reliability, affordable, clean,
thorough review, latest proven technologies:” these are all good
little meta tags and nice sounding words and phrases used by Andrea
Grover, public relations employee for Sabal Trail, in
editorial about that company’s proposed natural gas pipeline which
was carried by newspapers in the southeastern United States.
But let us point out a few facts that this editorial fails to
mention. There were plenty of public input meetings (we attended
seven of these, and we read the minutes from others) and the input
was overwhelmingly negative. Issues of concern include Continue reading Inadequate insurance and safety plus eminent domain and environmental destruction by Sabal Trail –OSFR
FWW has been on the case against H.R. 6 that would authorize
LNG exports to all WTO member countries since that bill passed the subcommittee
in early April,
it passed the main committee April 30th.
Food & Water Watch press release 9 April 2014,
House Subcommittee’s Approval of LNG Exports Means More Money for Big Oil and Gas, More Fracking In U.S. Communities:
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director, Wenonah Hauter,
Washington, D.C. — “On Wednesday, the U.S. House’s
Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power
voted in favor of a bill to export liquefied natural gas (LNG)
abroad under the guise of aiding Ukraine. But this bill, H.R.6,
would only serve to increase profits for the oil and gas industry,
greatly accelerating fracking here at home, endangering American
communities, public health and the climate. We strongly recommend
that both houses of Congress reject any and all plans to export LNG
“Selling LNG abroad will drive up the industry’s profit
margins, ultimately increasing gas prices here in the U.S.. Ramping
up fracking in the U.S., Continue reading Food and Water Watch against LNG exports