Apparently unaware of
its own parent NextEra’s green energy move in Hawaii,
FPL wants to
frack Oklahoma, and meets some resistance from a newspaper back home in Florida.
Editorials: PSC should reject FPL’s request to explore for natural gas,
If the Florida Public Service Commission wants to give electric
utilities unprecedented permission to explore for natural gas or
gold or other riches, it ought to at least require the utilities’
shareholders to assume the financial risk. Utility customers should
not pay all of the costs while the monopolies keep all of the
profits, which is exactly what Florida Power & Light wants the PSC
The editorial elaborates, including this: Continue reading PSC should reject FPL’s request to explore for natural gas –Tampa Bay Times
Back in May Sabal Trail and FSC argued fracking wasn’t relevant
to their pipelines.
How can they argue that now that FPL wants to frack
frack Oklahoma for methane for those pipelnes proposed to gouge through
Alabama, Florida, and Georgia?
Mary Ellen Klas, Miami Herald, 1 December 2014,
FPL asks permission to drill for natural gas, Continue reading Miami Herald notices FPL wants ratepayers to pay to frack Oklahoma
Beth Gordon told a Gainesville, FL TV reporter 1500 feet from her home is still too close
for the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline.
And since they moved it off her property, they won’t entertain any compensation.
Same for you, if a pipeline blows up in your county or state like one did in neighboring Gilchrist County, Florida in 2012:
you get no compensation, but your taxes may have to pay for emergency responders, hospitals, etc.
Jesse Pagan reported Wednesday 22 October 2014 for WCJB TV,
Natural Gas Pipeline Concerns, Levy County,
“It would destroy the whole way of life here in Levy County.”
“I never gave them permission, yet I came home one day
and they’d cut into my locked gate.
I don’t know how they did it.
I think they climbed over my fence.
There were surveyor stakes all over my property.
First they wanted to put it on my property.
Now they’ve moved it onto the farm next door.
The reporter said that’s about 1500 feet from her property,
“Too close for her comfort.”
“And because the property isn’t physically right on our property,
they will not entertain payment for it.
The reporter mentioned her
petition to the Florida Public Service Commission (FL-PSC) Continue reading Sabal Trail surveyed without permission –Beth Gordon on WCBJ TV
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
The Florida Public Service Commission
has a special say in the
Southeast Market Pipelines Project
Florida Southeast Connection (FSC) leg of this pipeline is
completely inside Florida and completely owned by FPL, a Florida regulated
And Florida has a say because the
for the three-part
Transco -> Sabal Trail -> FSC project is that
supposedly Florida needs the power (it doesn’t,
but that’s the excuse).
FPL is getting so desperate for public acceptance of this boondoggle
they pressed their own CEO, Eric Silagy, into attempting to rebut
Our Santa Fe River’s latest entry in the op-ed debate.
Sabal Trail and FERC would like everyone to believe state regulators
have no say, but that’s just not true.
It’s not even clear GA PSC has no say, considering that Continue reading State and local permitting for Sabal Trail pipeline
The same calculations would find FPL’s “Southeast Market”
pipeline not needed, including Spectra’s Sabal Trail pipeline.
Mark Harrington wrote for NewsDay 31 July 2014,
PSEG review finds Caithness II not needed,
PSEG Long Island has found that the proposed Caithness II power
plant in Yaphank “will not be needed” because the Island has enough
capacity to meet state requirements for the next five years,
according to Continue reading Long Island natural gas plant found not needed
Gone viral and now a big issue in the Florida governor’s race:
Broward Bulldog, Tampa Bay Times, Time.com, Florida Democratic Party, WFTV, YouTube, Rachel Maddow’s producer, and Climate Progress, all from
the Miami Herald story
revealing FL Gov. Rick Scott owned shares in Spectra Energy before
his appointees approved its Sabal Trail pipeline.
Maybe you’d like to mention this corruption scandal at the
Climate Rally and EPA hearings in Atlanta Tuesday next week.
a press conference 11AM this morning at the Orange County Courthouse
in Orlando, Florida.
Tampa Bay Times picked up 21 July 2014 in
The FPL-Rick Scott investment connection
Dan Christensen wrote for the Broward Bulldog 21 July 2014,
Rick Scott privately profited in FPL pipeline deal approved by governor’s appointees,
Before the story, here’s the governor’s whole statement: Continue reading Gone national and press conference this morning: FL Gov. Rick Scott pipeline share ownership
Rick Scott owned or owned stock in both existing and the proposed new
fracked methane pipelines to Florida, according to a reporter,
which could explain why when FPL said “frog” Scott’s appointees jumped
to approve the Sabal Trail Pipeline.
This doesn’t seem right to SpectraBusters president Beth Gordon.
Does it seem right to you?
Dan Christensen wrote for the Miami Herald 21 July 2014,
Gov. Scott had stake in pipeline firm whose $3 billion venture he and his appointees backed,
“The proposed project will need state regulatory and
governmental agencies to understand and support this project,”
said the proposal submitted by FPL vice president Sam Forrest.
Gov. Scott understood. In May and June 2013, he signed into law two
bills designed to speed up permitting for what came to be known as
the Sabal Trail Transmission — a controversial, 474-mile
natural gas pipeline that’s to run from Alabama and Georgia to a hub
in Central Florida, south of Orlando.
Five months later, Continue reading FL Gov. Scott owned Spectra stock before his appointees backed Sabal Trail pipeline
Raining on Spectra’s pipeline parade,
Duke Energy’s Citrus County power plant open house
once again emphasized Duke doesn’t care if Spectra and FPL’s fracked methane
pipeline is ever built.
And it’s not just because of Duke’s power plant that natural
gas prices may go up soon:
Sabal Trail feeding methane to already-authorized
LNG export operations in Florida would also push prices up.
So why build that useless Sabal Trail boondoggle?
Why build that Duke gas plant, for that matter;
why not go straight to solar power in the Sunshine State?
Fred Hiers wrote for Ocala.com 14 July 2014,
Utility will build plant with or without new pipeline, Continue reading Duke Energy doesn’t care whether Sabal Trail pipeline is ever built