SpectraBusters sent examples of Sabal Trail’s many threats of eminent domain,
in this letter to
Leesburg for the ongoing eminent domain and criminal trespass trial.
Re: Case number 14CV208RS
Judge Rucker Smith
To: Cindy Clark
Civil Deputy Clerk
Leesburg, Georgia 31763
If it please the court,
SpectraBusters, Inc. is a Georgia nonprofit corporation with board
members and other participants in all three states directly affected
by the Sabal Trail proposed pipeline: Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.
The SpectraBusters board voted Monday March 30th 2015 to send this
letter to the court to express our concerns about Sabal Trail’s
attempts to claim Georgia eminent domain long before it tried to
claim customers in Georgia, as well as possible ill effects
throughout the pipeline route, especially in Georgia, if the judge
were to rule in this case for application of Georgia eminent domain.
Even with Sabal Trail’s claimed agreement with the Metropolitan Gas
Authority of Georgia (MGAG),
Sabal Trail is still “a long way” Continue reading Sabal Trail repeatedly sent letters to landowners claiming Georgia eminent domain authority –SpectraBusters to judge
Four pipeline projects surround Atlanta, and Georgia’s governor won’t comment.
Spectra’s Andrea Grover did, though, saying the Albany compressor station would be no louder than “a modern-day dishwasher.”
Dan Chapman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 3 April 2015,
Pipeline project fuels fight on state’s future,
VALDOSTA — Southwest Georgia is roiling mad over a proposed
gas pipeline to Florida that virtually nobody in Atlanta, except
Ted Turner, has heard about.
Electric Power & Light
John Carlton looks over a gopher tortoise hole a few feet away from a 1954 easement for an 8 inch natural gas line on his property at Morrison Pines Plantation in Moultrie. The planned Sabel Trail pipeline would run 50 feet over from the existing line. Carlton is undecided on the proposal.
Photograph credit: Curtis Compton, AJC
has more of the text: Continue reading Georgia has no use for new pipelines –AJC
Why should we accept any risk from a pipeline company
that has repeatedly claimed not to be familiar with
the public record of its long list of corrosion, leaks, and explosions?
A pipeline company that has claimed land values wouldn’t be affected?
That it’s “hard to believe” its own law firm sent threats of eminent domain
to landowners, despite copies of those letters being sent to newspapers and FERC?
That Georgia counties need its gas, after those same counties
had already passed
resolutions wanting Sabal Trail’s pipeline out of their county and state?
A pipeline company that claims the Sunshine State needs its gas
when its own figures show half the acreage could produce just as much
Why should anybody in Albama, Georgia, or Florida accept any risk from
that company from Houston, Texas?
Sabal Trail claimed
theirs is a safe company and leaks and explosions seldom happen,
confronted on-camera with a list of incidents. Continue reading Would you buy a used car from Sabal Trail?
Tuesday, Lowndes County will finally
vote on the resolution they
already sent to FERC.
That same day, 9 December 2014, the Valdosta City Council
in support of Lowndes County’s opposition to the Sabal Trail pipeline,
and quite likely the Valdosta City Council will vote on their resolution
Thursday 11 December 2014.
This is excellent news to close the week in which
Moultrie’s Mayor said on WCTV
Moultrie, the county seat of Colquitt County, one of the two counties
Sabal Trail said was one the two “as having the greatest potential to need additional gas supplies in the future”, that Moultrie
wasn’t asked about Sabal Trail’s agreement with the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia (MGAG).
This week in which
the Valdosta Daily Times quoted Spectra’s Andrea Grover backtracking on eminent domain.
A week now closed with two resolutions proposed for voting next week
against Sabal Trail.
Sabal Trail strikes back, claiming trespassing on your property for surveying
isn’t a taking of your property rights, and pretending that wouldn’t lead to taking of property rights through eminent domain.
Filed with FERC 1 December 2014 as
Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC submits Response to Recent Correspondence under PF14-1.
SABAL TRAIL TRANSMISSION, LLC
5400 Westheimer Court
Houston, TX 77056
December 1, 2014
Ms. Kimberly D. Bose
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20426
Re: Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, Docket No. PF14-1-000
Response to Recent Correspondence
Dear Ms. Bose:
In a recent filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission”),
20141119-5122, Ms. Sandra Y. Jones alleged that Spectra Energy and Sabal Trail land agents have
“threatened eminent domain” against homeowners along the
proposed Sabal Trail route. Sabal Trail and Spectra Energy take
these Continue reading Sabal Trail Strikes Back
A Colquitt County resident spelled out a series of eminent domain threats
to her, plus the background of the infamous Stewart County eminent domain ruling Sabal Trail has used to threaten landowners in other counties.
Filed with FERC 19 November 2014 as
Protest of Sandra Y Jones under PF14-1 (PDF),
Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners:
an interview with Spectra’s Andrea Grover in
today’s Valdosta Daily Times newspaper requires a response from an
impacted landowner and please note that I am only one of possibly
over a thousand in the same position. Ms. Grover asserts that
allegations from homeowners that surveyors threatened eminent domain
on their properties
“hard to believe.”
Grover may be right that surveyors have not threatened eminent
domain, but Spectra Energy and Sabal Trail land agents certainly
have. In the second letter I received from this company dated
September 16, 2013 (see attachments) requesting my signature for
permission to survey my two tracts of land, the use of Georgia
“We hope you understand Continue reading My Thanksgiving prize was an eminent domain threat from Sabal Trail –Sandra Jones to FERC
Looks like Spectra is still making stuff up.
Apparently Spectra got one of its usual pipeline distributors
to make a deal in Georgia for Sabal Trail
without that distributor ever asking
its own customers whether they needed the gas.
This is very convenient for undercutting opposition to Sabal
Trail’s threats of Georgia eminent domain,
but not very useful to the named counties or to Sabal Trail’s
Sabal Trail’s FERC Filing in Docket CP15-17 said on page 11: Continue reading MGAG didn’t contact local governments before agreeing with Sabal Trail
If they can’t even survey for it, they can’t build it, which may be why
Andrea Grover just chanted desperately in three newspapers
“the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline is moving forward.”
Nevermind almost everyone who has spoken up about it is against it.
She didn’t say anything about taking your land for
for profit for her company in Houston and for LNG export
that would raise U.S. natural gas prices.
But one thing she did say
is why that can happen with no further permits if this pipeline
should go forward.
Almost everybody opposed the pipeline at the
“more than 50 open houses and public meetings”
Ms. Grover bragged about in
the Orlando Sentinel,
the Suwannee Democrat,
the Moultrie Observer.
She didn’t mention that opposition, but you can
see it for yourself in these Continue reading The evitability of Andrea Grover’s fracked methane pipeline
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?