If you’re a Houston fossil fuel company and you can’t get FERC approval fast enough, try FE, or MARAD!
If that doesn’t work, ship it by land through Canada or Mexico!
Local property rights, they laugh at those! Rio Grande, Suwannee River, or Hudson River: just minor obstacles to greed!
If the people are tired of profit being more important than their land, water, air, or safety, it’s time to stop this fossil fuel shell game.
MARAD Continue reading The LNG export shell game: FERC, FE, MARAD, or NEB? →
FERC can’t stand the truth?
Here’s what Roger Marietta wrote that you still can’t see through FERC’s elibrary, which is still broken eight hours later.
Same hazard blogged here eighteen months ago.
Filed with FERC 24 July 2015 as
Accession Number: 20150724-5034,
“Comment of Roger B. Marietta in Docket(s)/Project(s) CP15-17-000 Submission Date: 7/24/2015”
Roger B. Marietta, Albany, GA.
A developer in our City was told by the Sabal Trail right of way
acquisition people that the 36″ pipe would only be buried 3 feet deep
in non agricultural areas. My concern and that of other Veterans is
what happens to pipelines in Iraq where a man with a shovel can dig
up the dirt above a pipeline and then either tap into it or unleash
an act of terrorism. With all the ISIS attacks in America recently,
this pipeline is a “soft” target that has Continue reading This pipeline is a soft target that has inadequate security measures –Roger Marietta to FERC →
Canada’s FERC equivalent had to escalate from specific fines to a blanket clean-up order. Do you still believe Spectra is “a very genuine, safe, law-abiding company”?
Mackenzie Scrimshaw, iPolitics.ca, 15 July 2015,
The Drilldown: Spectra Energy faces NEB fines,
Spectra Energy Corp SE.N is feeling the heat from the National Energy Board (NEB). As Reuters reports, the Houston-based company is facing more than $120,000 in fines for committing almost 30 infractions at its Westcoast Energy processing plants in the last 15
months. What’s more, the NEB has requested a correction of these “management system failures.” “The Board expects
Westcoast to address safety concerns on a systemic basis, throughout
all its gas processing plants and facilities,” reads the NEB’s
safety order. “Based on recent violations described below, the
Board is not confident safety concerns are being addressed in this
$88,000 fine in January was just the start of this year’s
NEB fines to Spectra.
Mike De Souza, Yahoo! Finance, 14 July 2015,
Canada regulator orders Spectra Energy to clean up practices, Continue reading Canadian regulator orders Spectra to clean up its safety practices →
Does this help you believe Spectra’s promises to protect
gopher tortoises while invading Georgia with its
Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline?
Mike Carter, Alaska Highway News, 17 June 2015,
Spectra challenges $28,000 fine for failing to protect Western Toad habitat,
Spectra Energy Transmission faces a $28,000 fine for allegedly
failing to protect the habitat of the Western Toad while
constructing its Transmission North Expansion project north of
Moberly Lake, in the Beryl Prairie area near Butler Ridge Provincial
According to National Energy Board (NEB) spokesperson Darin Barter,
the company stands accused of failing to protect the toad’s habitat
in accordance with the project’s application documents.
In a June 3 letter to the NEB, Spectra indicated Continue reading Spectra challenging fine for not protecting Western Toad →
If Spectra was so negligent the Canadian FERC equivalent had to threaten
to shut down a natural gas plant to get cooperation about leaks
and flares caused by negligence, and still fined Spectra,
why should we believe Spectra’s claims of silence or safety
for its invading Albany, Georgia Sabal Trail compressor station?
Canada’s National Energy Board fined Spectra Energy Transmission
$88,000 on 22 January 2015 for
numerous incidents of negligence, failing to comply with national
and internal safety procedures, and
The company failed to take reasonable care to ensure safety hazards
had been properly identified.
However, despite previous findings of similar non-compliances at
other facilities (Aitken Creek Gas Plant and Fort Nelson North
Processing Facility), the company failed to take preventative action
in advance of the NEB inspection at the Dawson Creek location.
Spectra didn’t even bother to clean up its act when it knew inspectors
Speaking of Fort Nelson, Continue reading Spectra’s Canadian negligence and Fort Nelson leak and flare →
You don’t know when a natural gas pipeline might be carrying oil.
You do know pipelines corrode and leak, and this one did.
It’s owned by DCP Midstream, but guess who is a director there
and which company owns half of it!
Odessa American, 14 April 2015,
Crews begin oil spill cleanup in West Odessa,
Crews with DCP Midstream and the Ector County Environmental Office
are assessing an oil spill that took place Tuesday afternoon in West
Environmental office officials said they were called to Moss Avenue
and West Third Street about oil coming from the ground.
The low-pressure pipeline, according to Scott McMeans, supervisor at
DCP Midstream, was a natural gas line that leaked due to corrosion
causing oil to flow out.
McMeans said that sometimes Continue reading Natural gas pipeline carried oil which leaked: owned by a Spectra company →
A fossil fuel company can make a real financial offer when it wants to,
not just the pocket change people in the U.S. southeast are being offered
for easements for the Sabal Trail or Palmetto pipelines.
And no offer is enough to outweigh the environmental damage,
was the unanimous vote of a Canadian native group
about a competitor of Spectra Energy.
Brent Jang, Globe and Mail, 8 May 2015,
Environment dwarfs financial merit in LNG deal for B.C. First Nations,
For the Lax Kw’alaams in British Columbia, Thursday’s decision
turned out to be simple — the environmental risks of a massive
liquefied natural gas project far outweighed the financial rewards.
In the second stage of three votes, Continue reading Canadian natives reject $1 billion offer from fossil fuel company: environment more important →
How big is the LNG export gold rush?
Here are maps of dozens of approved, proposed, and potential LNG export terminals,
one of them even including Carib’s FE-authorized Martin County LNG export facility that FERC never seems to remember and Sabal Trail never talks about.
Update 2015-02-23: Now with the rest of the maps.
In addition to the
approved LNG import and export terminals,
there are more on this
FERC map of Proposed North American LNG Export Terminals,
including ones in Lake Charles (2 and 7), Sabine Pass (6), Plaquemines Parish (8 and 11), and Cameron Parish (13) Louisiana,
Lavaca Bay (4) and Sabine Pass (9), Texas,
Elba Island (5), Georgia, and Jacksonvile (14), Florida,
as well as Coos Bay (1) and Astoria (3), Oregon,
plus two in Kitimat (15 and 17) and one on Douglas Island (16), British Columbia.
One of those proposed BC LNG export terminals is where
Spectra Energy proposes to build not one but two pipelines.
And even that ain’t all. Continue reading LNG export approved and proposed →
Maybe fossil fuel pipelines aren’t such a lucrative business after all?
Funny how this Spectra downgrade comes right after
the big announcement
EPA proposed methane rules.
Can Spectra Energy CEO Greg Ebel explain this away to investors
three weeks from now?
OPEC driving the price of gas down
energy deals among U.S., China, and Russia tanking the U.S. LNG export market?
Ebel’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.
Faye Duncan wrote for Dakota Financial News 16 January 2015,
Spectra Energy Corp. Cut to “Hold” at Tudor Pickering, Continue reading Spectra stock cut to hold; can CEO Greg Ebel explain 5 Feb 2015? →
FPL wants federal eminent domain to gouge a hundred-foot right of way
for a yard-wide fracked methane pipeline
through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida,
claiming Florida needs new power.
That don’t pass the smell test.
Nationwide electricity demand continues to decline,
as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reminded
the pipeline-permitting Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in April.
EPA asked FPL why it couldn’t implement
conservation, efficiency, compressed gas storage, or other energy sources.
FPL projected 13% electricity demand increase in its
2014 ten-year plan to the Florida Public Service Commission (FL PSC).
A third pipeline would be a 50% increase. Why?
Sabal Trail, the pipeline joint venture of FPL and Spectra Energy of Houston,
claims Duke Energy needs Continue reading It don’t pass the smell test: FPL’s extra natural gas pipeline –SpectraBusters →