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
Spectra Energy refuses to say much about
a compressor station leak in Maine, much like the one in Pennsylvania
in March 2013.
Spectra’s Susan Waller did offer that in a real emergency
everyone would have been evacuated.
Who wants that next to the five compressor stations
Spectra proposes along the Sabal Trail Transmission pipeline
it wants to gouge through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida?
First came the noise late New Year’s Eve at the Searsmont natural
gas pipeline compressor station, so loud that it caused nearby homes
to shake and some residents, frightened by the jet-engine-like roar,
to pack up their cars and flee for the night.