A reporter for a major newspaper is calling Spectra on its safety record,
and calling Spectra’s responses “not good enough”!
After thirty years of Spectra safety promises, that’s putting it mildly.
A Maine resident put it this way after the Spectra’s Searsmont compressor blowout: “we were clearly lied to”.
Spectra Energy Corp. along with FPL’s parent, NextEra Energy, would
bury the 473-mile Sabal Trail pipeline expected to carry 1 billion
cubic feet per day of natural gas to just south of Orlando in
Osceola County, where it would connect to another line for eventual
delivery to FPL in Martin County.
Spectra’s safety record, however, leaves something to be desired.
Take, for example, the company’s Texas Eastern pipeline, a
9,200-mile Spectra project connecting Texas with the markets in the
I am writing to you on behalf of citizens that live in my city
council district. Specifically those that will be negatively
impacted by the Sabal Trail methane gas pipeline. Please accept the
following reasons why I oppose this project coming through our
Five years ago a natural gas pipeline blew up between the Florida Turnpike
and I-95, flying a 104-foot piece of 18-inch pipe through the air,
shutting down both roads, and fortunately missing a high school.
NTSB determined it was the fault of the pipeline operator,
Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC (FGT).
written up by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
NTSB/PAB-13/01 of 13 August 2013
for “Damage/Clean-up Cost: $606,360” in this 4 May 2009 incident
near Palm City, Florida:
The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable
cause of the accident was environmentally assisted cracking under a
disbonded polyethylene coating that remained undetected by the integrity
management program. Contributing to the accident was Florida Gas
Transmission Company’s failure to include the pipe section that ruptured
in the integrity management program. Contributing to the prolonged gas
release was the pipeline controller’s inability to detect the rupture
because of SCADA system limitations and the configuration of the pipeline.