If Spectra was so negligent the Canadian FERC equivalent had to threaten
to shut down a natural gas plant to get cooperation about leaks
and flares caused by negligence, and still fined Spectra,
why should we believe Spectra’s claims of silence or safety
for its invading Albany, Georgia Sabal Trail compressor station?
Canada’s National Energy Board fined Spectra Energy Transmission
$88,000 on 22 January 2015 for
numerous incidents of negligence, failing to comply with national
and internal safety procedures, and
The company failed to take reasonable care to ensure safety hazards
had been properly identified.
However, despite previous findings of similar non-compliances at
other facilities (Aitken Creek Gas Plant and Fort Nelson North
Processing Facility), the company failed to take preventative action
in advance of the NEB inspection at the Dawson Creek location.
Spectra didn’t even bother to clean up its act when it knew inspectors
Speaking of Fort Nelson, Continue reading Spectra’s Canadian negligence and Fort Nelson leak and flare
You don’t know when a natural gas pipeline might be carrying oil.
You do know pipelines corrode and leak, and this one did.
It’s owned by DCP Midstream, but guess who is a director there
and which company owns half of it!
Odessa American, 14 April 2015,
Crews begin oil spill cleanup in West Odessa,
Crews with DCP Midstream and the Ector County Environmental Office
are assessing an oil spill that took place Tuesday afternoon in West
Environmental office officials said they were called to Moss Avenue
and West Third Street about oil coming from the ground.
The low-pressure pipeline, according to Scott McMeans, supervisor at
DCP Midstream, was a natural gas line that leaked due to corrosion
causing oil to flow out.
McMeans said that sometimes Continue reading Natural gas pipeline carried oil which leaked: owned by a Spectra company
Albany and Dougherty County are more opposed than ever to the invader from Houston.
Carlton Fletcher, Albany Herald, 11 July 2015,
Silent protest focuses on pipeline issues:
Citizens gather to oppose natural gas pipeline, compressor station,
Even as a group of around 50 anti-pipeline activists gathered
Saturday for a “silent protest” near the proposed site
of a compressor station that would be part of the 460-mile Sabal
Trail natural gas pipeline, an assumed candidate for Continue reading Silent protest against Sabal Trail in Albany, GA
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
Floridian’s Clean Water Declaration Campaign, facebook, 18 February 2015,
Laura Dailey of SpectraBusters brought a strong message in favor of
solar energy and against the pipeline that’s proposed to cross the
More about Laura Dailey, Director of Community Outreach & Speaker’s Bureau.
And a few more of her notes for that speech:
Throughout history, the smart investor has bet his money on the
future. Today, colleges and universities, even major corporations
divesting from fossil fuels. Why? Because fossil fuels are
the new DINOSAURS, and we already know how that story ends! Even
Duke Energy, just last week
committed $225 million to the development of Solar energy.
Think of the
water that can be saved!
Since 2006, the
cost of solar panels Continue reading Laura Dailey spoke for SpectraBusters at clean water rally in Tallahassee
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?
Tired of reporting on explosions unprevented by the
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
just issued a damning set of recommendations
to PHMSA, plus to an alphabet soup of other organizations to ride herd
on PHMSA to try to get some improvement.
How about instead we stop building new pipelines and get on with solar power?
NTSB said its motivation was three recent explosions it reported: the
2009 Palm City, Florida flying pipeline that almost hit a high school,
2010 San Bruno, California PG&E Pipeline Rupture and Fire,
2012 Sissonville, West Virginia I-75 house destruction,
These three accidents resulted in 8 fatalities, over 50 injuries,
and 41 homes destroyed with many more damaged.
And NTSB reporting on PHMSA’s failures goes back way farther than that, Continue reading NTSB tells PHMSA to fix its horrible pipeline safety methods
The oil may never reach Bismark because it will pollute Lake Sakakawea on the Missouri River first.
Or it could go all the way down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
and join BP’s oil.
Let’s stop building more of them.
Solar power is faster, cheaper, and far safer.
Jessica Summers, Bloomberg news, 18 January 2015,
Oil Spills Into Yellowstone River After Montana Crude Pipe Leak,
Oil pumped in the Bakken leaked from a pipeline into the Yellowstone
River near Glendive in Montana on Saturday.
Continue reading Oil pipeline leak into Yellowstone River, upstream from Little Missouri National Park, Williston, and Bismark
Maybe fossil fuel pipelines aren’t such a lucrative business after all?
Funny how this Spectra downgrade comes right after
the big announcement
EPA proposed methane rules.
Can Spectra Energy CEO Greg Ebel explain this away to investors
three weeks from now?
OPEC driving the price of gas down
energy deals among U.S., China, and Russia tanking the U.S. LNG export market?
Ebel’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.
Faye Duncan wrote for Dakota Financial News 16 January 2015,
Spectra Energy Corp. Cut to “Hold” at Tudor Pickering, Continue reading Spectra stock cut to hold; can CEO Greg Ebel explain 5 Feb 2015?
EPA regulations are not just for coal anymore, emphasizing that fracked methane pipelines are not the answer:
how about we go straight to sun and wind power?
Today we’ll see how serious president Obama is about methane emissions.
Meanwhile, there’s already
an opportunity to comment on an EPA methane rule proposed in December.
Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, 13 January 2015,
Barack Obama moves to cut methane emissions by almost half:
Environmental Protection Agency will cut oil and gas industry methane emissions as president seeks to bolster climate legacy,
The new methane rules “ which will be formally unveiled on
Wednesday—are the last big chance for Obama to fight climate
The Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to cut methane
emissions by up to 45% from 2012 levels by 2025, White House
officials told campaigners during a briefing call.
But it was not clear whether the new rules would apply to existing
oil and gas installations, in addition to future sources of carbon
pollution, which could Continue reading Obama to move to cut methane emissions