Two weeks for all the
rushing to make the
20 November 2015 final EIS notice date,
for a final decision 18 February 2016.
The Draft EIS released Friday 4 September 2015
is very long, but the most basic question is very short:
why is FERC rushing to rubberstamp the unnecessary,
destructive, and hazardous Sabal Trail pipeline and its fracked methane siblings Hillabee Transco and FSC
when there’s neither need nor public benefit?
The Sunshine State should go
straight to solar power.
If you don’t want any of these pipelines,
you can send in your comments both
to FERC and to state and local agencies and
and show up at
these FERC meetings to protest.
You can also still file
a motion to intervene with FERC.
And don’t forget to
call Georgia Gov. Deal.
Filed with FERC 4 September 2015 as
Accession Number: 20150904-3011,
“Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Southeast Market Pipelines Project re Florida Southeast Connection, LLC et al under CP14-554 et al.” Continue reading FERC meetings for Draft Environmental Impact Statement 28 Sep 2015 – 8 Oct 2015
Citing the GDOT denial of KMI’s Palmetto Pipeline and numerous specific
hazards of Spectra Energy’s proposed Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline
(sinkholes in karst limestone
and a compressor station
next to Albany’s water wells, all for no benefit to Georgia, by a company with a poor safety record),
U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-02) wrote to FERC (PDF):
I believe that FERC should deny STT’s application for a
Certificate of Public Necessity.
And he told FERC to tell Sabal Trail to stop suing
his constituents for eminent domain.
A year after
Rep. Bishop listened in Albany for two hours to complaints about Sabal Trail,
Dougherty County and
filed followup letters to their resolutions against that pipeline.
Neither FERC nor Sabal Trail answered them,
so their Representative in the U.S. Congress forwarded their
letters with that sharp cover letter.
Three weeks later, FERC still hasn’t even filed his letter in their e-comment system,
much less responded to it.
Just how lawless is FERC, anyway?
Doesn’t a member of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations give them pause? Continue reading Deny Sabal Trail, said U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, and FERC ignored him
The pipeline companies are in cahoots to export through all our lands.
Beware especially Suwannee, Columbia, Bradford, and Clay Counties, Florida.
Beware Atlantic coastal Georgia, the same Kinder Morgan (KMI)
of the Palmetto petroleum products Project to Jacksonville
wants to push fracked methane to Jacksonville, apparently for export.
Beware Alabama, Georgia, and Florida on the proposed path of Sabal Trail:
This new Florida project could ship Sabal Trail fracked methane to Jaxport for
In March 2014 TECO Peoples Gas
announced intention to ship fracked methane to Jacksonville,
which the Jacksonville Business Journal interpreted as for export,
since Continue reading Kinder Morgan FERC filing to ship fracked methane to Jacksonville
Are Spectra and FPL running short on money so they have to take on a new investor?
Has the opposition cost them $225 million already?
The AP story includes two misconceptions.
After protests continuing into this year, a criminal trespass
lawsuit against Sabal Trail, and multiple parties filing amicus briefs,
this is all AP remembers:
The pipeline drew protests from southwest Georgia residents last
year, who said they do not want a pollution-emitting compression
station near their homes.
And despite Sabal Trail’s continued failure to demonstrate need,
AP repeats this old canard:
Currently there are only two major pipelines that deliver natural
gas to Florida. Both are nearing capacity.
Not if the Sunshine State gets on with solar power, like even
the most corrupt state (Georgia) is doing.
Interestingly, there’s no press release from any of Sabal Trail, Spectra,
NextEra, or FPL about this,
but there’s this obviously slanted Duke Energy PR, 5 May 2015,
Duke Energy buys 7.5% of previously announced Sabal Trail pipeline that will meet growing need for natural gas in Southeast U.S., Continue reading Duke Energy buys into Sabal Trail
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
It’s not just the pipeline or the compressor stations:
Sabal Trail has filed maps of contractor yards,
some of them miles away from the pipeline path,
at least one next to an airport (Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia).
Filed with FERC as
Accession Number: 20150220-5131,
“Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC submits supplemental information on adopted alternatives and information on other reroutes and modifications under CP15-17.”,
RR1_Vol-II-A_FIGURE-1.1-3_YARDS.PDF. Continue reading Sabal Trail contractor yards
John Peconom of FERC has told Sabal Trail to provide copious detailed
information by 27 March 2015, including numerous items about karst limestone,
Utilize publicly available LiDAR data and cave information to
further characterize karst areas crossed by the Project facilities.
Provide summary assessments of the Direct Pipe, open cut, aerial,
and intersect crossing methods as alternatives to the proposed HDD
crossings of the Withlacoochee River in Brooks and Lowndes Counties,
Georgia and the Suwannee River, Santa Fe River, and Withlacoochee
Rivers in Florida. Also, summarize any modified HDD
techniques/methods considered at these specific crossings.
Is this just FERC helping one of its funding organizations
(FERC is 100% funded by the industries it “regulates”)?
Or maybe even FERC is getting tired of Sabal Trail?
Filed with FERC 27 February 2015 as
Accession Number: 20150227-3071,
“Letter requesting Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC to file within 30 days the Environmental Information Request for the Sabal Trail Project under CP15-17.” Continue reading FERC tells Sabal Trail to fix 17 pages of errors
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
Still more evidence that new natural gas pipelines are an unneeded boondoggle.
Kathryn R. Eiseman, Commonwealth Magazine, 20 January 2015,
New gas pipelines can be avoided:
Back-up fuel incentives are the way to go,
LAST WINTER’S NATURAL gas price spikes, and resultant electric rate
hikes, continue to be used to justify the push for massive expansion
of gas infrastructure. Yet a successful program to incentivize New
England’s power generators to contract for back-up fuel for this
winter undermines the argument for more pipelines. This winter’s
lower wholesale gas and electric prices indicate that the rate hikes
themselves could have been avoided had such measures been more fully
implemented for the 2013-2014 winter.
Measures like contracting to buy gas from peak load plants that sometimes sat idle last winter.
And measures like storing gas when it’s cheap to use in the winter.
In fact, ISO-NE intentionally excluded LNG storage incentives from
last winter’s winter reliability program,
telling the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
that gas-market-related solutions “would
lower gas prices and send the wrong signal about the relative
scarcity of natural gas. These lower prices would also be reflected
in the electricity market.” In other words, allowing prices to
rise would help convince the public Continue reading New England doesn’t need more gas pipelines: stockpile instead
The pipeline companies are invading insurgents, acting against the stated
directions of local elected governments.
Pipeline opponents, fighting for their land, water, air, safety, and children,
Merriam Webster defines insurgent as:
a person who revolts against civil authority or an established government
Five Six counties and two cities in Georgia and Florida
have so far passed resolutions against the Sabal Trail pipeline,
and four state representatives have complained to FERC about it:
here’s a list.
That’s in addition to the other
federal agencies that
have complained to FERC.
And in addition to the hundreds of individuals who have
spoken at Sabal Trail’s Open Houses and FERC’s Scoping Meetings,
overwhelmingly opposing the pipeline.
And in addition to the numerous landowner, environmental, and
political organizations that have passed resolutions,
filed with FERC, and in many cases
intervened with FERC against Sabal Trail’s application for a permit.
So if you see the people willing to put their time, money, and in many cases
their freedom on the line; when you see the media
call them insurgents, you know it’s a lie.
Like Americans against invading redcoats, pipeline opponents are patriots.
One of many lies deliberately promoted by the fossil fuel industry.
Eamon Javers wrote for CNBC 8 November 2011
Oil Executive: Military-Style ‘Psy Ops’ Experience Applied, Continue reading Sabal Trail is an insurgent invader; pipeline opponents are environmental patriots