All the companies behind the Southeast Market Pipelines Project have representatives
sitting in those back rooms voting on draft bills on an equal basis with state legislators, according to the latest information publicly availlable.
Back in the news a year after an Atlanta TV station reported on an ALEC meeting in Savannah, ALEC is not just for Georgia, every state has legislators
in that super-lobbying group, including Florida and Albama, taking those draft bills back to their legislatures and often getting them passed.
Now you know why the same bad bills to ban home rule on fracking, to block renwable energy portfolios, to impose a solar tax, and of course to promote fracked methane pipelines, show up at the same times in states all across the country.
Brendan Keefe and Michael King, WXIA-TV, 22 May 2015,
Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort. They found out quite a bit before ALEC had off-duty deputies throw them out of their hotel. Continue reading Spectra, Duke, NextEra, Williams, all members of ALEC super-lobby group
Which Houston, Texas pipeline company has sued Ted Turner, Bob Graham,
and dozens of other Georgia landowners, including a Georgia Centennial Farm?
That’s right, Spectra Energy, as in the Sabal Trail fracked methane boondoggle.
Dan Chapman, AJC, 1 May 2016,
South Georgia pipeline fight turns into battle over eminent domain,
Continue reading Sabal Trail sues Georgia landowners for federal eminent domain –Atlanta Journal Constitution
A Texas company wants to condemn private property in Georgia for a
pipeline to deliver energy to Florida.
Atlanta has heard about Sabal Trail, Palmetto Project, and several other
proposed pipeline projects three times now from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
It’s time to act.
Greg Bluestein, AJC,
Pipeline project fuels anger in Georgia,
Their proposal comes as pipeline projects — and controversy
surrounding them — pop up across Georgia. A 157-mile Sabal
Trail Pipeline that would cross nine southwest Georgia counties has
sparked outrage in Albany and Valdosta. And Atlanta Gas Light wants
to begin pumping gas from Coweta County
to Dalton by 2017.
But Kinder Morgan’s proposal has struck a throbbing nerve, in part
because of the length of the proposed pipeline — the 320-mile
route stretches by Augusta, Savannah and Jacksonville — and in
part because of the threat of eminent domain hanging over the
“Where do we draw the line? There are no reset buttons,”
Troy Davis, a local landowner, said at one of the town hall meetings
that Kinder Morgan called to calm fears about the project. “It
will be a Kroger, a CVS, a Burger King that comes to this community
and says, ‘Hey, we have a necessity for this.’ ”
That’s why the real solution is for the Georgia legislature
to revoke eminent domain for private companies.
But the legislature doesn’t meet until January,
and we need to stop these pipelines before then.
About Kinder Morgan trespassing 1.7 miles into land owned by Billy Morris,
who also owns the newspapers in Augusta and Savannah: Continue reading Third Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Sabal Trail and Palmetto Project
FERC previously denied a Spectra pipeline, and now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) may prevent one.
After three months of asking, John Peconom of FERC divulged how many pipelines FERC had ever denied:
two, of which one was for a pipeline from an LNG site in Providence, Rhode Island,
KeySpan LNG, L.P. and Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC,
denied by FERC 5 July 2005.
According to Spectra Energy:
Continue reading Spectra already lost at FERC once; could also lose at NRC
The opportunity is here right now, with oil and gas dropping while solar power goes up like a rocket.
We can end the century-long domination of fossil fuels and get on with
a cleaner, safer, more prosperous world powered by sun, wind, and water.
Oh, and pry those clammy oily hands off our political systems while we’re at it.
Solar power is going to win anyway.
And we have the opportunity to speed that victory fast enough to stop
the fracking-junkie pipeline push, including stopping Sabal Trail and
the Palmetto Pipeline.
Jon Queally, Commondreams, 25 March 2015,
Naomi Klein: Shock of Oil Price Plunge Is Opportunity World Must Seize,
Continue reading Seize the opportunity to end fossil fuels and soar with sun, wind, and water power
“Sometimes capitalism gives us a gift, and the sudden drop in oil prices is one of them.
Think of what we could do, in rolling out renewable energy, for instance. We could take power and wealth generation away from multinationals and put it into the hands of communities. And we could ensure that the jobs paid a living wage and went to the people who need it most. The same goes for our food and transit systems.”
Sabal Trail limped away from Leesburg, Georgia
without any ruling about eminent domain.
They’re heading their pipeline posse back to town this Tuesday, 24 March 2015,
for an 11:30 AM hearing on a motion of summary judgment against the same
landowners, the Bells.
This is an opportunity for pipeline opponents to show up at the hearing or write a letter of support for the Bells.
Send your letter here and we’ll probably also publish it.
If you can’t come in person, for letters here is contact information Continue reading Return to Leesburg, GA for Sabal Trail legal hearing against landowners
This, Sabal Trail, is what a historical precedent looks like.
They protested fracked methane storage, were arrested,
and the charges were just dismissed with prejudice,
which means they case can’t be brought back on those charges.
Everything they said about Seneca Lake
applies equally to the Sabal Trail pipeline,
the Palmetto Pipeline, Elba Island LNG export, and the rest of the
whole cash-out-before-the-carbon-bubble-pops fossil fuel boondoggle.
Sometimes, in good conscience, citizens must engage in non-violent acts
of civil disobedience to protect our sacred trust.
Surveying for the unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline is not “imperative”, no matter how many
threatening letters Sabal Trail sends.
These are our sacred trust: Continue reading Justice was served at last for the Seneca Lake protesters
If affected salt and other minerals in subsurface caverns are enough to
deny a FERC permit, drinking water in the Floridan Aquifer should be, too.
“first formal protest of Texas colonists against Mexican tyranny”
was signed at Turtle Bayou, Chambers County, Texas, where
an Alabama Company four years ago wanted to store natural gas underground
with an associated pipeline that FERC denied.
Communities and local governments throughout the Floridan Aquifer
have signed protests against fossil fuel company tyranny
in the form of the unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous
Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline.
FERC denied that permit application for
Turtle Bayou Gas Storage Company in 2011; one of only two pipeline applications that
FERC’s John Peconom could find that FERC ever denied.
The applicant appealed.
FERC replied in Dockets CP10-481-002 and CP10-481-000,
ORDER DENYING REQUEST FOR REHEARING OR RECONSIDERATION (Issued April 11, 2012), Continue reading If eminent domain is hardship to Mineral Interest Owners, it’s hardship to everyone else
In one case:
“In the largest penalty in an environmental case since the
1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Connecticut-based Iroquois Pipeline
Operating Company will pay $22 million in criminal and civil fines
for violating federal environmental and safety laws, the United
States announced today [23 May 1996].
The company and four of its high-level officers and supervisors
pleaded guilty to numerous criminal violations of the Clean Water
Act including failure to clean up or restore damage to nearly 200
streams and wetlands as a result of rushing to meet construction
That’s even larger than the U.S. EPA fine of
$15 million in 1989 against Spectra’s Texas Eastern Pipeline
for spilling PCBs at 89 sites, although not when you add in
the $18.6 million fine by Pennsylvania plus $200 million for cleanup.
Yet Iroquois Gas Transmission System L.P. touts Continue reading FERC trusts pipeline companies to self-regulate: result…
Rubberstamp FERC process?
Sabal Trail seems to think so, since it announced two contracts with
Berg Pipe to manufacture pipe several days before
it even formally filed with FERC for a permit,
and the winning contractor announced a full week before that filing.
Sabal Trail claimed economic benefits for Alabama and Florida,
but apparently couldn’t come up any for Georgia.
You can contact
your local, state, and federal elected and appointed officials about this.
FERC published Sabal Trail’s formal filing
21 November 2015.
Earlier that same week, 17 November 2015,
Sabal Trail put out two press releases, one each for Alabama and Florida: Continue reading Sabal Trail announced pipe supplier contracts before filing with FERC