PR sent tonight to about 100 news media:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Live Oak, FL, April 18, 2016 — Local residents and half a
dozen environmental organizations want applicants at Sabal Trail
pipeline job fairs to know a job for a few weeks isn’t worth risking
drinking water for all our families and children and grandchildren.
Opponents of the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline and supporters
of solar power include the Suwannee-St Johns Sierra Club Group, St
Johns Riverkeeper, WWALS Watershed Coalition, Our Santa Fe River,
Earth Ethics, Gulf Restoration Network, and SpectraBusters.
Sabal Trail is holding what it calls Contractor Fairs 11AM to 2PM on
two days this week, not for people to actually install the pipeline,
rather for Continue reading Short-term jobs are not worth long-term Sabal Trail risk –Locals to Sabal Trail jobs-seekers at Contractor Fairs
Update 10 April 2016: And Moultrie, GA April 15th.
Trying to attract local support in counties where it wants compressor stations,
Sabal Trail is holding Contractor Fairs,
Look in the dictionary under chutzpah (insolence), and you’ll see Sabal Trail’s picture.
Two years ago in Gilchrist County, FL,
Sabal Trail admitted Continue reading Sabal Trail Contractor Fairs: Ocala, Live Oak, Albany
In a letter Sabal Trail sent to multiple Florida county commissions,
the most important point is “We… are on track to place the pipeline in-service by May 1, 2017.”
Important to Spectra Energy, because if they slip that date they could forfeit a $200 million bond and possibly the contract for the project, and they’re having some problems with that, since despite what they imply they do not have all the permits they need.
Then there are those glossed over in passing, such as
“with certain conditions” and Continue reading Sabal Trail wants to proceed
SpectraBusters op-ed published by Ocala newspaper.
And the Sabal Trail pipeline still don’t pass the smell test.
Ocala Star-Banner, 16 November 2014,
Sabal Trail pipeline not in the public interest.
Illustrated version, with links to the evidence:
It don’t pass the smell test: FPL’s extra natural gas pipeline
A FERC comment period ending 15 November 2014 seems to mean
Sabal Trail will miss its 31 October formal filing date.
No relief suggested for crossing the Withlacoochee River at the border
of Brooks and Lowndes Counties, Georgia (or inside Lowndes County
next to Valdosta, according to
several of the previous alternatives).
And every proposed path still crosses the Suwannee River
into Suwannee County.
Maybe that’s because
the Dougherty County Commission and
the Albany City Council actually stood up for
Gilchrist County (see Wacassassa Flats Alternative),
Suwannee County Commission
swallowed Sabal Trail disinformation and
the Lowndes County
Commission and the Valdosta City Council did
one letter from the Chairman)
one letter from one Council member).
There’s still time for Dougherty, Lowndes, and all the other
counties and cities
to pass ordinances, and to lobby state and federal agencies and
elected and appointed officials.
Oh, and there’s an election going on.
Also no mention of
Sabal Trail’s Jasper, Florida Open House,
5-7:30 Tuesday 21 October 2014, but STT’s newspaper notice said the public
is invited, so y’all come!
Filed with FERC today, 15 October 2014,
Supplemental Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environment Impact Statement for the Planned Southeast Market Pipeline Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues etc. re Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC under PF14-1.
No. PF14-1-000 Continue reading Sabal Trail Notice of EIS Intent and Route Alternatives
A newspaper editorial dared to ask the most basic question.
Editorial: A power play, Ocala StarBanner, Saturday 26 July 2014, http://www.ocala.com/article/20140726/OPINION01/140729777?p=all&tc=pgall
“But the overarching question is whether the state’s big utilities really need more power plants.
“If not, the pipeline isn’t worth the risk — especially when conservation and alternative energy sources could save customers and the environment.”
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
What company prints its sustainability report on wind-powered paper,
yet pipes a greenhouse gas
20 times worse than CO2?
Yep, it’s Spectra Energy, also bragging about how
respectful they are to Sabal Trail “stakeholders”.
Selling fracked methane through a 36-inch pipe in a hundred-foot gash
through forests and wetlands with a thousand-foot explosive radius
is like selling cigarettes and claiming you’re for good health.
Tobacco companies can’t get away with that any more,
and why should fossil fuel companies?
On the very last page of a 16-page report,
2013 Sustainability Highlights Report,
Spectra Energy says:
This paper is manufactured using clean, renewable
wind-power energy and carbon offsets for additional savings.
That’s the only mention of wind or renewable energy in the document,
while solar power is not mentioned even once.
And look at Spectra’s Purpose on page 2: Continue reading Sustainable Spectra? Like healthy cigarettes?
This op-ed spells out actions by
Sabal Trail and FERC, that it interprets as deception,
and it concludes we can all say no to that unnecessary pipeline.
I’ve added a few pictures and links.
Marihelen Wheeler wrote an op-ed in the Ocala StarBanner 1 June 2014,
Floridians can and must say no to gas pipeline,
It should be called “psychological bait and switch.”
This tactic is being used by corporations trying to engage and
solicit residents’ support for controversial projects that will
negatively impact those residents. Among the most recent projects is
the proposed Sabal Trail gas pipeline that will disturb about 13,670
acres of Florida land.
A company’s first move is to propose an idea that is so distasteful
that, Continue reading Say no to pipeline bait and switch –Marihelen Wheeler