Will Spectra sue to avoid protecting gopher tortoises like it
challenged a fine for not protecting the western toad?
Here’s a comment on
We are outraged…:
As a resident of Dougherty county, Georgia, I feel it imperative
that I voice my opposition to the proposed path of the Sabal
pipeline through the property behind my home. The land where the
proposed pipeline is to be located is home to several endangered
species, as well as several areas of wetlands. In walking the
property during the winter months, we have seen
gopher tortoises, Continue reading Building the pipeline would endanger the quality of the ecosystem –Rosanne Lewis
Yes, how about a public hearing run by GA-DNR where Sabal Trail actually
has to answer questions in public?
GA-DNR may not publish comments about that proposed Sabal Trail air quality permit, deadline August 7th, but we asked for citizens to copy SpectraBusters for publication, and this one did.
From: Sarah Phillips
Date: August 4, 2015 at 2:26:52 PM EDT
Subject: Application #23350
Mr. Cornwell, I am a resident of Dougherty County, and we own the
land behind our house through which Sabal Trail proposes to clearcut a wide swath to run their natural gas pipeline. These 800 acres
are a habitat for several gopher tortoises, a few pileated
woodpeckers, wild turkey, ducks and deer. We have wetlands and wet
weather ponds. We are good stewards of this land, and we treasure
it. We are outraged about a proposed gas pipeline cutting through
Dougherty County is the only Continue reading We are outraged about a proposed gas pipeline cutting through our property!! –Sarah Phillips to GA-DNR
It’s not a short list; basically nothing Dougherty County
has been answered by Sabal Trail or FERC:
They have not
addressed the issues of (1) potential effects on geology and soil, (2) impacts on water resources and wetlands, (3) impacts on
vegetation, forests, fisheries, wildlife and threatened species, (4)
cumulative impacts, (5) public safety concerns, (6) purpose and need
for the proposed pipeline, (7) alternatives to the preferred route,
(8) air quality and noise and (9) socioeconomic
factors – environmental justice.
Filed with FERC 6 April 2015 as
Accession Number: 20150406-5144,
“Comment of Dougherty County, Georgia under CP15-17.” Continue reading FERC still stonewalling Dougherty County Commission and landowners about Sabal Trail
Update 2015-05-10: Added case number, judge’s address, and directions.
Sabal Trail has sued another dozen landowners, and one case comes to trial
9:30 AM May 28th 2015 at the Courthouse Annex in Moultrie, Georgia.
They want to Continue reading Sabal Trail sues Georgia Centenial Family Farm @ Moultrie 2015-05-28
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 a pipeline explodes and only trees are burnt, does anybody care?
This one was picked up by National Weather Service radar.
Have you ever heard of solar panels exploding?
Josh and Toni Hardy, MSNewsNow, 14 January 2015,
Pipeline fire burns out; leaves behind scorched patch of forest, Continue reading Radar saw fracked methane pipeline explode near reservoir, Jackson, MS
The state representative for
Valdosta and parts of
cited their two resolutions and
enumerated lack of need for a pipeline, threatening letters from Sabal Trail, alternative routes
next to a school, ill effects on business
forestry and agriculture
private property valuations,
potential sinkholes due to drilling under the
including on the
anywhere in the fragile karst limestone
containing the Floridan Aquifer,
plus Spectra Energy’s own
say it doesn’t have insurance to cover
the kinds of
safety problems in Spectra’s own history
nor those pointed out by
Southern Natural Gas Company.
Dexter Sharper noted local evidence that
solar power is cheaper and safer,
the Lowndes County Democratic Party
“…we have a moral obligation to leave our children and grandchildren with an earth as safe, beautiful, and majestic as the one bequeathed to us by our parents and grandparents.”
For all these reasons, on behalf of my constituents and the citizens of Lowndes County and the state of Georgia, I oppose the Sabal Trail pipeline anywhere in the County of Lowndes or the State of Georgia.
I urge that FERC reject any permit for the Sabal Trail pipeline, or at the very least move it entirely out of the State of Georgia.
Filed 7 January 2015 with FERC as
Accession Number: 20150107-5100,
“Comment of Dexter Sharper, Georgia State Representative, District 177, under CP15-17.” Continue reading No eminent domain for water-threatening unnecessary Sabal Trail pipeline –GA Rep. Dexter Sharper District 177
A second Virginia county board passed
a resolution against Spectra’s
proposed route for Duke’s Pennsylvania-to-North-Carolina pipeline
just as Spectra “suspended” its activities.
Warren County, VA realized that a few personal property business taxes and lodging and meals
taxes during construction wouldn’t be nearly enough to balance
state designated historic districts, state and federal designated
historic sites, state designated scenic byways, state designated
scenic rivers, agricultural and forestal districts, the Appalachian
Trail, Civil War battlefields and historic sites, and conservation
Are not Florida, Georgia, and Alabama’s agriculture, springs, rivers, and Floridan Aquifer as important as Virginia’s Appalachian Trail and historic sites?
Alex Bridges wrote for NV Daily 8 August 2014,
Supervisors oppose gas line route,
FRONT ROYAL—Warren County leaders this week joined opponents
of a $4 billion, natural gas pipeline slated to run through five
Duke Energy issued a request for proposals to build the pipeline to
connect resources in western Pennsylvania to its facilities in North
Carolina. Spectra Energy Partners responded to Duke’s request and
proposed a corridor through Warren County and other jurisdictions.
Here’s Duke’s PR of 1 April 2014 about its pipeline RFP, Continue reading Warren County, VA resolution against Spectra pipeline
Natural gas or oil pipelines are natural enemy targets,
in addition to the way they frequently
blow up on their own.
Why build such hazards when solar power is faster, cheaper,
cleaner, and doesn’t blow up?
Elad Benari wrote for Arutz Sheva 17 January 2014,
Sinai Terrorists Blow Up Natural Gas Pipeline,
Strong explosion rocks central Sinai after explosives were planted beneath the gas pipeline connected to cement factories in the area.
What happens if someone blows up a solar array?
Flying glass, which is bad, but nothing like
blowing up the explosive fuel inside a natural gas or oil pipeline,
not to mention distributed rooftop solar arrays would be very hard
to destroy enough of to match the energy denial of one damaged pipeline.
Gas pipelines in Egypt has been attacked more than a dozen times Continue reading Pipelines as enemy targets
Spectra’s Andrea Grover admitted trees don’t grow back fast,
a “need to draw that line in the sand” and “we’re now moving forward”.
This is the kind of “working with the landowners and the communities”
that the Valdosta Daily Times found when it went to the local Sabal Trail office.
STT plans to file with FERC at the end of October.
But Spectra’s Andrea Grover admitted they need complete survey data,
and Sabal Trail admitted they have no Georgia customers,
which means they have no Georgia eminent domain,
so every landowner who refuses is indeed putting a crimp into Spectra’s
fracked methane pipeline.
Matthew Woody wrote for the VDT 27 July 2014,
Sabal Trail explains its position, Continue reading Sabal Trail admits environmental destruction to Valdosta newspaper