If I’m not mistaken, this is the same pipeline Spectra Energy
pulled out of bidding on back in August 2014,
after numerous local resolutions against.
Now it’s hit another big snag.
And this also affects Southern Company and solar power: in a good way.
Aaron Isherwood and Nicholas Jimenez,
Sierra Club, 6 January 2016,
Forest Service Rejects Destructive Path for “Atlantic Coast
A few days ago, the Forest Service rejected a destructive pathway
Dominion Energy had proposed for the $5 billion “Atlantic Coast
Pipeline” the company wants to build to carry natural gas from
fracking in the Marcellus shale field in northern West Virginia to
power plants along the coast of Virginia and North Carolina. This is
great news for our National Forests, our ground water, and the
Because the pipeline would have cleared a swath through two national
forests (the George Washington and Monongahela), Dominion needed
sign-off from the Forest Service. After reviewing the route, the
Forest Service determined the environmental destruction the pipeline
would cause was unacceptable and rejected the proposal in a
January 19 letter
Southern Company (NYSE:SO, and parent of Georgia Power) is
in the process of buying Continue reading Forest Service rejects path for Atlantic Coast Pipeline
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
Merry Christmas from the fossil fuel industry!
Amy Wadas wrote for KDKA CBS Pittsburgh 25 December 2014,
Pipeline Explosion Pushes Residents Out Of Homes On Christmas Eve,
Neighbors say flames were so bright they light the sky orange. The
explosion was also so loud, they say it rocked their homes.
“I went upstairs to change and get ready for bed. I came down
and looked out the side window. There’s a big ball of fire blowing
up out of that thing,” neighbor Tracy Sampson said.
Tracy Sampson lives right next to Continue reading Christmas Eve Williams pipeline explosion evacuates residents
New pipelines are to push fracked methane to export for profit, as fossil fuel industry analysts spell out, specifically describing a path from fracking through Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise and Transco pipelines and Spectra and NextEra’s Sabal Trail pipeline, and then naming Cove Point LNG export.
Chris Pedersen wrote for OilPrice.com 5 October 2014,
Utica Boosts U.S. Natural Gas Production To Record Levels,
To find a market for both Marcellus and Utica gas production,
existing pipelines are finding
creative ways to move growing sources
of gas, while new pipelines are proposed to take larger quantities
of gas from large interstate pipelines such as the TRANSCO line.
Williams’ new “Atlantic Sunrise” pipeline will connect
Marcellus and Utica gas from its TRANSCO line. Sabal Trail LLC, a JV
of Spectra and NextEra Energy have proposed to build the
“Sabal Trail” pipeline, which would connect with
TRANSCO. With the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s recent
approval of the Cove Point LNG plant, it is not farfetched to
imagine India or Japan producing electricity from Utica gas by the
end of the decade.
Sure, that paragraph doesn’t say Continue reading Fracked gas through Sabal Trail to Japan
Received today. I added the links and illustrations and a few [notes]. -jsq
Copy of Letter sent to Albany Mayor Hubbard on behalf of Beacon
Baptist Church opposing pipeline: Hello Mayor Hubbard,
I am writing to you on behalf of Beacon Baptist Church located at
5818 Newton Rd., Albany Ga. directly across from the proposed site
for the Sabal Trail/Spectra Energy compressor station and pipeline
We are asking you, as the Mayor of Albany, to take action in
protecting our community by opposing the Sabal Trail/Spectra Energy
pipeline. We have contacted County Commissioners and reached out to
your office on several occasions about this issue. We have done
extensive research compiling a list of some 6095 people across the
US that have been negatively affected by Sabal Trail/Spectra Energy
and other related pipelines. We have cited
the numerous safety
violations of Sabal Trail/Spectra Energy and the enormous fines that
have been levied against them. It is our deep concern that after 51
years at our current location, Continue reading Protect our community from Sabal Trail –Beacon Baptist Church to Albany Mayor Hubbard
Pipeline objections from landowners, taxpayers, local and state government
agencies, environmental groups, and historical societies caused mighty
Spectra to “suspend” its unnamed $4 billion methane pipeline from Pennsylvania
fracking grounds through Virginia to Duke Energy plants near
the sea in North Carolina.
Similar opposition can make Spectra and Williams and FPL and Duke
think again about their proposed $3 billion Transco -> Sabal Trail -> FSC
hundred-foot gouge through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida
three already-authorized LNG export operations in Florida.
This was apparently the first report, by John Bruce,
for The Recorder
of Monterey, Highland County, Virginia, 7 August 2014,
Spectra suspends pipeline proposal, Continue reading Spectra suspends mid-Atlantic pipeline to the sea
In which Williams admits subsidence can cause a gas pipeline explosion.
So does an even larger (36-inch vs. 12-inch) pipeline through
the fragile karst sinkhole-prone limestone of the Floridan Aquifer
for the Sabal Trail pipeline connected to Williams’ Transco sound like
a good idea?
Especially considering pipeline companies aren’t held accountable
for the expense of their explosions, leaving local and state
governments to pick up the tab?
Jeff Jenkins wrote for MetroNews 5 April 2014,
Resident describes natural gas line explosion in Marshall County,
“It was a very loud explosion. I got up and looked out the
window. It sounded like a plane, like a jet engine liner was going
over the top of my house,” Fork Ridge Road resident Roger
Dobbs told MetroNews Saturday. “I looked out the back window
and you could see the smoke flying high in the sky and the flames
The site is about a mile from Dobbs’ home. The line is owned by a
subsidiary of Williams, LP and carries unprocessed natural gas from
production wells according to a statement from the company.
Emergency officials initially believed the rupture may have been
caused by a mudslide. The line was Continue reading Williams Oak Grove explosion in Marshall County, WV 2014-04-05
If it’s so safe, why is it so hard to find out how safe it is?
And why did injecting toxic chemicals into ground water ever get approved?
Since methane leaks out of pipelines and compressor stations, as well as wells,
it’s time to stop fracking and pipelines and get on with solar and wind power.
Kevin Begos wrote for AP 5:20 p.m. EST January 5, 2014,
4 states confirm water pollution from drilling
PITTSBURGH (AP) — In at least four states that have nurtured
the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made
about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and
pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review
that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely
The Associated Press requested data on drilling-related complaints
in Continue reading Fracking unsafe in at least four states
A shell company lasted only weeks before filing bankruptcy
after polluting a West Virginia river and drinking water for 300,000 people.
No assets, no insurance, as near as I can tell.
Sabal Trail Transmission is a shell company owned by Spectra Energy
and NextEra and managed by Spectra:
what assets does it have, and what insurance has it offered
in case its pipeline corrodes and leaks
like Spectra has been fined for
or one of its compressor stations
leaks like in Pennsylvania or Maine
residents have to evacuate
as Spectra’s Susan Waller said would happen in case of a “true emergency”?
Who will pay for the local first responders,
or property damage,
or a polluted aquifer?
Nick Visser wrote for The Huffington Post 17 January 2014,
Freedom Industries, Company Behind West Virginia Chemical Spill, Files For Bankruptcy,
The company behind the
massive chemical spill that made
tap water unsafe for more than 300,000 West Virginians
has filed for bankruptcy, according to
documents obtained by The Huffington Post.
According to bankruptcy filings, Freedom Industries, wholly
owned by Chemstream Holdings Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
on Friday. Freedom Industries owns the storage facility responsible
for leaking up to 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (a
coal-cleaning chemical also known as crude MCHM) into West Virginia’s
And Freedom Industries was only formed a few weeks ago.
Steven Mufson wrote for the Washington Post (undated),
One week after W. Va. toxic spill, new owner of Freedom Industries puts firm in bankruptcy,
It took just one week for Pennsylvania coal mining executive Cliff
Forrest, the new owner of Freedom Industries, to discover that one
of the six-decade-old storage tanks he had acquired Dec. 31 was
leaking a toxic chemical into the Elk River that supplies water to
about 300,000 West Virginians….
Forrest, through another firm he owns, paid Continue reading WV polluter files bankruptcy: why should we expect better from Sabal Trail?