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
Of course FPL and Spectra don’t want FERC to look at fracking,
but nothing in FERC’s own rules says it can’t,
and a recent court case might be a precedent to get it to do so.
Maybe Audubon Florida is discovering trying to tinker with pipeline routes
is like signing up for the 1885 Berlin Conference that divided Africa
by drawing lines on a map.
Sierra Club Florida, Georgia, and Alabama already understand the only
appropriate route for that fracked methane boondoggle is no route,
with new power from the sun.
I’ve added a few links to these quotes from what
Susan Salisbury wrote for the Palm Beach Post 5 May 2014,
Fracking not an issue with pipeline for FPL’s plants, firms say, Continue reading Sabal Trail and FSC want FERC to avoid considering fracking
Even Duke Energy thinks the Sabal Trail pipeline is not necessary.
Pat Faherty wrote 30 May 2014 for the Citrus County Chronicle,
Natural-gas plant not tied to pipeline completion (I added the images and links),
Construction of Duke Energy’s $1.5 billion power plant in Citrus
County is not dependent on completion of the controversial Sabal
Trail natural gas pipeline.
a petition Tuesday with the Florida Public Service
Commission for an affirmative determination of need for its Citrus
County combined-cycle power plant.
That’s the same 27 May 2014 filing that was supposed to show
Sabal Trail fueling Duke’s plant, but Continue reading Duke Energy doesn’t need Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline
Tuesday May 27th Duke plans to file with FL PSC
for approval to use Sabal Trail fracked methane at its former
Crystal River nuclear site in Citrus County, Florida,
and apparently for two other Duke plants in Suwannee County and Polk County.
The Citrus County Commissioners have a Comprehensive Plan change for Duke on their agenda for
day, May 27th, for a Public Hearing June 10th.
We already knew last December
that Duke’s usual spokesman said Sabal Trail “plans to provide the gas” for Duke’s plant,
which explains why Sabal Trail proposed last November a Citrus County Pipeline
that goes right to Duke’s site.
And now we have further confirmation.
current top news story is by Robby Douglas in Citrus Daily 15 May 2014,
Duke to build natural gas plant here, close coal plants, Continue reading Duke gas plants to be fueled by Sabal Trail fracked methane
Springs before pipelines, say board members of Our Santa Fe River
in central Florida, and let’s get on with clean solar power.
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson and Jim Tatum
wrote for the Gainesville Sun 25 April 2014,
Pipeline in springs heartland would be at risk for accidents,
Is another gas highway pipeline inevitable in our Florida springs heartland?
They quote FPL and note the
unanimous October 2013 Florida Public Service Commission (FL PSC)
approval of the
Sabal Trail Transmission pipeline project, including
FL PSC Commissioner Julie Brown saying,
“The need for this project is indisputable at this time.”
Then they dispute that need. Continue reading Pipeline accident risk in Florida springs heartland: go solar instead