The world’s largest pipeline company ran away from a hint of public scrutiny,
like FERC changed its commission meeting date to try to avoid protesters.
Maybe… public opinion matters?
The pipeline companies are watching all the opposition.
And the opposition is shadowing all the pipeline companies.
Score one for the opposition!
Plus plenty of opportunities coming up for more concerted opposition
against any new fossil fuel tentacles through our countryside or under our rivers.
Mary Landers, Savannah Morning News, 16 September 2015,
Kinder Morgan cancels ‘spotlight’ on Elba operations, Continue reading Kinder Morgan bolts from emergency planning meeting in Savannah
Anybody who thought FERC would do a real
Draft Environmental Impact Statement is disappointed.
But they shouldn’t be surprised: FERC, 100% funded by the industries they
“regulate”, is a rubberstamp machine. But that’s no reason to give up.
It’s reason to stand up, and take advantage of many more opportunities to stop the unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous Sabal Trail pipeline and get on with renewable solar and wind power.
Carlton Fletcher, Albany Herald, 13 September 2015,
FERC Sabal Trail ruling comes amidst protest:
Group holds fasting vigil outside federal agency’s offices,
ALBANY — Even as a group started a fast in front of the
agency’s Washington, D.C., offices and questions arose in Florida
over the safety record of Spectra Energy, the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission made it clear this week that it had no
intention of standing in the way of construction of the proposed
Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
Local opponents Continue reading FERC sides with Sabal Trail in DEIS: Surprise!
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: Continue reading FL Gov. Scott Sabal Trail permit conflict of interest –FloridaBulldog
The pipeline companies are in cahoots to export through all our lands.
Beware especially Suwannee, Columbia, Bradford, and Clay Counties, Florida.
Beware Atlantic coastal Georgia, the same Kinder Morgan (KMI)
of the Palmetto petroleum products Project to Jacksonville
wants to push fracked methane to Jacksonville, apparently for export.
Beware Alabama, Georgia, and Florida on the proposed path of Sabal Trail:
This new Florida project could ship Sabal Trail fracked methane to Jaxport for
In March 2014 TECO Peoples Gas
announced intention to ship fracked methane to Jacksonville,
which the Jacksonville Business Journal interpreted as for export,
since Continue reading Kinder Morgan FERC filing to ship fracked methane to Jacksonville
Apparently the Florida Department of Environmental Protection complained
to FERC that any drilling under our blackwater rivers would leak contaminants
into the karst limestone that contains our drinking water Floridan Aquifer:
Update 2015-04-03: Additions now that FERC eLibrary is working, including third point below.
- Sabal Trail underestimated karst features—additional, more
recent data available from agencies including LiDAR, potentiometric
surface maps, and cave maps.
- Highest agency concern is associated with likely loss of drilling fluid associated with HDDs in limestone bedrock including at the Suwannee, Santa Fe, and Withlacoochee rivers.
- Drilling fluid loss would have an environmental impact; risk and magnitude of impact on groundwater, wells and springs should be based on updated, site-specific information.
Filed with FERC 1 April 2015 as Continue reading Likely loss of drilling fluid in limestone under rivers –FL DEP to FERC
Here’s why you should ecomment to FERC and your elected officials right now.
Sabal Trail filed key materials after FERC’s stated deadline,
a Suwannee County, FL landowner points out in a FERC ecomment,
also revealing Sabal Trail
still didn’t address key springs upstream and down from its proposed new pipeline path, and said nothing about
beneath the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers.
a call to action from Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson:
I realize many of you have seen me (and a few others) navigate
through a enormous amount of meetings, letters, social media
announcements to stop the Sabal Trail Gas (fracked)Transmission
Pipeline cutting through one of our most vulnerable areas of our
World, the Florida Springs Heartland.
You have watched and read from the sidelines for nearly 2 years. It
is time for you to act. Call it my Continue reading Time to comment to FERC on Sabal Trail ignoring springs on Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers
Don’t believe FERC is funded by the industries it regulates?
Well, let’s look beyond FERC’s own About web page to its actual funding request to Congress.
Maybe that will motivate you to
ecomment to FERC right now,
and to contact your local, state, and national elected and appointed
Acting Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur, FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION,
FY 2015 Congressional Performance Budget Request,
Full Cost Recovery
The Commission recovers the full cost of its operations through
annual charges and filing fees assessed on the industries it
regulates as authorized by the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986. The Commission deposits
this revenue into the Treasury as a direct offset to its
appropriation, resulting in no net appropriation.
Clear enough that FERC is 100% funded by the industries it regulates?
That may seem like a win for the taxpayers.
But is it a win for you the local landowners Continue reading FERC recovers cost of operations through charges and fees from the industries it regulates –FERC FY14 Budget
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
After FPL visited it, the Suwannee County Commission
decided they couldn’t do anything; nevermind that pipeline and fracking
ordinances have worked in Pennsylvania and New York state, and there’s
no reason to believe they wouldn’t in Florida.
There’s still time for the Commissioners to stand up for the
citizens of Suwannee County, Florida.
John S. Koch wrote for Suwannee Valley Times 8 October 2014,
Sable Trail – Suwannee Commissioners say gas pipeline needed
The commission chairman noted that they have a copy of the
resolution passed recently by the Hamilton County Commission
addressing the issue as well as all the information about the Sable
Trails Project released by the company handling the project.
However, the board has taken no action one way or the other.
The key phrase in there seems to be “all the information about the Sable
Trails Project released by the company handling the project”.
Perhaps the Commission would like to dig a little deeper than
information produced by the one company with the most vested interest
in saying the pipeline is a great thing.
This would be the same Chairman who
denied his previous on-video Sabal Trail comments after he heard from FPL.
Phil Oxendine has a problem with the pipeline but not for safety
concerns but rather political reasons. “We are overseas right
now and that reason is because of our need for oil and the sooner we
get away from that use the better we all will be.” Oxendine
also feels it is not in the best interest of the country to export
the gas but that is an entirely different issue he said.
Nevermind the Continue reading Suwannee County Commission swallows Sabal Trail misinformation
Lori McCraney of
Suwannee Alliance for Sustainable Growth wrote in the Suwannee Democrat 11 September 2014,
Guest commentary — Is the Sabal Trail pipeline necessary?
I am pleased that the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners has
a resolution challenging the location of the Sabal Trail
pipeline in the vicinity of the Withlacoochee River. Hamilton County
Chris Mericle did an excellent job of explaining the risks
of locating the pipeline in such fragile karst terrain. Sable Trails
quickly responded by saying that it will move the crossing to
the west, possibly crossing the Suwannee River somewhere near the
Suwannee River State Park.
The same problems still exist with
tunneling under the Withlacoochee
River in Lowndes County, Georgia and
tunneling under the Suwannee River
at two locations in Suwannee County. As
Mr. Mericle explained
about drilling under our rivers, “The horizontal directional
drilling could intersect spring conduits, affect spring well flows,
and ultimately river base flow. Grouting in this cavernous, Continue reading Is the Sabal Trail pipeline necessary? –Lori McCraney