Here’s why Sabal Trail and all the other fossil fuel profiteers avoid jury trials at all costs: when twelve peers of the afflicted decide, the frackers lose.
But money isn’t enough.
That land and water is permanently poisoned.
There’s only one real solution:
end fracking, to end all its new pipelines, compressor stations, bomb trains, and LNG export.
Sharon Kelly, Desmog Blog, 10 March 2016,
BREAKING: $4.2 Million Jury Verdict Against Cabot Oil & Gas in Dimock, PA Water Contamination Lawsuit,
A Pennsylvania jury handed down a $4.2 million verdict in a lawsuit
centering on water contamination from negligent shale gas drilling
in Dimock, PA, a tiny town that made international headlines for its
flammable and toxic drinking water.
The defendant in the lawsuit, Cabot Oil and Gas Corp., had
strenuously denied Continue reading Shoestring Energy Justice Network and Dimock families defeat mighty Cabot Oil & Gas in $4.2 million anti-fracking lawsuit win →
First the good news:
a Pennsylvania pipeline protester had all charges dismissed for videoing license plates at a pipeline construction site.
All of those plates were from out of state: so much for pipeline company promises of local construction jobs.
Much else going on in Pennsylvania sounds very familiar.
Tom Knapp, LancasterOnline, 13 November 2015,
Pipeline protester not guilty of disorderly conduct for filming at construction site,
Mark Clatterbuck, a Martic Township resident and professor of
religion at Montclair State University in New Jersey, was issued a
summons by state police after videotaping out-of-state license
plates of subcontractors working at the Williams Gas pipeline
The incident occurred Continue reading Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Penn. same problems as Sabal Trail →
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The health of the people and the water of the state of Florida
being auctioned off by a block of elected politicians backed by big
oil company lobbyists. And our House representative is one of them.
September 17, the Florida League of Women voters called a town hall
in the Orlando area to address public concerns over industry plans
to practice hydraulic acid fracturing on our fragile limestone
aquifers. Not coincidentally, HB 191, and SB 318, bills that call
for preempting Home Rule laws, for the express purpose of greasing
the skids for fracking in Florida, were quietly introduced that same
day by Rep Ray Wesley Rodrigues, Ft. Myers and Senator Garrett
The bill is backed by Continue reading No Fracked Gas Florida –Harriet Heywood →
A Spectra compressor station in Pennsylvania blew oil over local crops in 2009,
and Pennsylvania fined Spectra $22,000 for that in 2010.
Spectra’s Andrea Grover told me in 2013 that everybody there was happy.
Mike Benard explained
actually that wasn’t the case.
Benard later wrote sage words:
Spectra Energy: Trust Facts Not Promises.
Better to stop Spectra’s Albany compressor station before it has a chance to spew.
Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, Press Release, 31 March 2010,
DEP Fines Steckman Ridge $22,000 for Air, Water Quality Violations:
Malfunctioning Compressor Discharged Industrial Oil to Surrounding Properties, Continue reading Spectra was fined for Steckman Ridge compressor blowout →
County attorneys are paid to be cautious.
County and city Commissioners are elected to represent the people.
Which will Albany and Dougherty County listen to about unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous pipelines like Sabal Trail?
Albany Herald, 4 August 2014,
LOCAL GOVERNMENT 101: Albany’s municipal government based on charter, codes,
Dougherty County officials, who represent residents outside the city
limits, say municipalities like Albany have more governmental
flexibility in that they are not completely bound by state mandates.
But Albany’s city attorney says that is not exactly accurate.
“The state has the authority to preempt any local laws other
than zoning,” Nathan Davis says. “If state law ‘moves
into an area’ — such as the fireworks law that went into
effect in July — municipalities must have a local ordinance
that matches the state law.
“There has been in our community a call by some to create an
ordinance that would impact the ultimate decision of whether that
(Sabal Trail Transmission) pipeline is allowed Continue reading Albany, GA attorney missing the point about ordinance against pipelines →
Local ordinances lead to state laws banning fracking and pipelines.
And don’t forget Sabal Trail has to get permits from the Georgia
Department of Transportation for road crossings and an air quality permit
from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for the Albany compressor
station, or no pipeline.
There is plenty local, state, and federal elected officials can do to
stop this invading fracked methane destruction and hazard.
Rev. Ezekiel Holly
called on local officials to act.
Here are some ways how.
How about a county ordinance rooted in
the Comprehensive Plan?
A local ordinance was used by Jefferson County, Florida to keep Nestle out of the same
Local ordinances have been used in Pennsylvania to stop pipelines, and
upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Local ordinances were used across New York State to ban fracking,
upheld by the state Court of Appeals,
until the state government finally took up the cause and
banned fracking statewide.
Now New York state residents are saying Continue reading Fracking and pipeline bans start at the local level →
Gasland posted on facebook
a picture of an ad against fracking, pipelines, and LNG export
in the New York Times 9 July 2015
by Yoko Ono, Gasland, Food and Water Watch, and many other groups.
sign onto that letter here.
Everything it says applies as much to Alabama, Georgia, and Florida
and the Williams-Spectra-FPL Transco-Sabal Trail-FSC fracked methane pipeline chain as it does to New York and Williams’ “Constitution Pipeline”.
Here are a few excerpts:
By now the whole world knows that Fracking is bad for your health!
It is bad for communities and it is bad for the climate. That is why
I am so glad that New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo banned
But now we are facing the gas industry who are still trying to Frack
New York. The fracked gas industry wants to build a pipeline that
would cut across New York state like a scar that never heals. It
goes by the ridiculous and Orwellian name “The Constitution
Pipeline”. How dare they!
We cannot allow another poisonous plan for our beautiful state that
we all love.
We must stop fracking, which means we must not transport fracked gas
across our state where it is headed for foreign export markets. The
danger to our homes, is also Continue reading Stopping fracking means stopping pipelines: Yoko Ono et al. in the New York Times →
FERC had been saying no LNG export, yet the pipeline partners said a year ago
in their Open Season: “as well as deliveries to Cove Point LNG”.
NextEra, co-owner of Sabal Trail Transmission,
is one of the Mountain Valley Pipeline partners.
Sabal Trail and FERC have told us Sabal Trail is not for LNG export,
yet they never told us about an already-approved LNG export license
right where the Sabal Trail pipeline chain goes in Florida.
Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times, 25 June 2015,
Mountain Valley Pipeline partner says operation could be used for exports,
A partner in the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline confirmed
this week that natural gas transported by the pipeline could be one
supply source for liquefied natural gas bound for India.
The news comes after Paul Friedman, a project manager for the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, repeatedly — and
publicly — dismissed concerns last month from pipeline
opponents that natural gas transported through the pipeline would be
WGL Midstream has a Continue reading A pipeline partner admits LNG export is possible →
How do they say these things with a straight face?
Although the pipeline that ruptured was at least 4 decades old,
company officials say pipelines don’t age —
Sure and their bathrooms don’t require air vents,
because they don’t stink.
…and its maintained according to federal standards.
As in the standards
Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Agency (PHMSA)
told Williams Co. to follow back in September 2012,
fining it for not doing so?
The PHMSA standards that are so poor that Continue reading Pipelines don’t age, and we have no idea why Transco blew up (again) –Williams Co. →