Not just a resolution,
an ordinance, which is a law: no fracking in Citrus County, Florida.
Jim Tatum, Our Santa Fe River, 14 June 2016,
Citrus County Approves Fracking Ban,
Commissioners Dennis Damato, Ronald Kitchen, Joe Meek, Scott Adams,
and Scott Carnahan unanimously passed a ban-fracking ordinance. The
ordinance was amended to include all the county, both incorporated
and non-incorporated areas, skillfully inserted by the able and
prepared county attorney Denise A. Dymond Lyn.
The text of the ordinance is Continue reading Citrus County FL passes ordinance banning fracking 2016-06-14 →
Strom can ramp up its LNG export to the Gulf from Crystal River an order of magnitude with its initial units,
and then add more units, all without any further approval by anybody, says this Order from the U.S. DoE Office of Fossil Energy,
which also appears to permit bomb trains shipping LNG anywhere in Florida,
or maybe even other states, with some of the fracked methane probably coming from Sabal Trail if built.
This FE Order was issued 21 October 2014, one month to the day before
Sabal Trail filed in the FERC formal process in
21 November 2014.
Yet not a word was said about Strom or any other LNG export by FERC or Sabal Trail in any of the FERC Scoping Meetings I went to,
I pointed out at the one 1 October 2015 in Lake City, Florida.
FE is even more a rubberstamp regulatory-captured lapdog of the fossil fuel industry than is FERC, and Strom is setting up to require no further approvals by them or anybody else: Continue reading Strom Crystal River LNG export approval 2014-10-21 →
Dismissed by FERC for lack of payment?
No worries, Strom, Inc.’s other LNG export application with the
FE is still active, and Strom asked to move the location, too,
to Crystal River.
Just east on Power Line Road from Duke Energy’s permantly-closed
Crystal River nuke and proposed new gas plant.
Strom says it would get the fracked methane from either FGT
or Sabal Trail, which is either an intrastate or an interstate
pipeline depending on which of Strom’s sentences you believe.
No, Strom’s CEO’s name is not Loki; it’s just pronounced that way,
and spelled Lokey.
Remember in July
FERC dismissed Strom’s Starke LNG application for lack of fee payment.
The Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) apparently
has no such scruples, since its
STROM INC, FE DKT. NO. 14-56-LNG was updated
29 September 2014 with
Strom Inc. – Amendment to Application to Reflect New Location of the Plant, Continue reading Strom asks FE to move LNG export application location →
Raining on Spectra’s pipeline parade,
Duke Energy’s Citrus County power plant open house
once again emphasized Duke doesn’t care if Spectra and FPL’s fracked methane
pipeline is ever built.
And it’s not just because of Duke’s power plant that natural
gas prices may go up soon:
Sabal Trail feeding methane to already-authorized
LNG export operations in Florida would also push prices up.
So why build that useless Sabal Trail boondoggle?
Why build that Duke gas plant, for that matter;
why not go straight to solar power in the Sunshine State?
Fred Hiers wrote for Ocala.com 14 July 2014,
Utility will build plant with or without new pipeline, Continue reading Duke Energy doesn’t care whether Sabal Trail pipeline is ever built →
Duke Energy to hold Crystal River, FL gas plant meeting same day
Leesburg, GA pipeline hearing.
Curiously Duke is not calling it the Crystal River plant,
even though it’s right next to Duke’s
failed Crystal River nuke.
Duke first said this plant
would get its gas from the Sabal Trail pipeline
and then said
nevermind, that wouldn’t be needed,
even though Sabal Trail has a Citrus County offshoot pipeline
as part of its $3 billion project.
Now this letter says it’s Sabal Trail fracked methane for Duke again.
Hey, instead, why not
build solar power in the Sunshine State?
Some landowners are getting
a letter like the one pictured.
It’s basically the same as this
Duke Energy PR of
16 June 2014,
Open house scheduled on proposed combined-cycle natural gas plant in Citrus County, Fla., Continue reading Duke Citrus County methane plant Open House 2014-07-10 →
Even Duke Energy thinks the Sabal Trail pipeline is not necessary.
Pat Faherty wrote 30 May 2014 for the Citrus County Chronicle,
Natural-gas plant not tied to pipeline completion (I added the images and links),
Construction of Duke Energy’s $1.5 billion power plant in Citrus
County is not dependent on completion of the controversial Sabal
Trail natural gas pipeline.
a petition Tuesday with the Florida Public Service
Commission for an affirmative determination of need for its Citrus
County combined-cycle power plant.
That’s the same 27 May 2014 filing that was supposed to show
Sabal Trail fueling Duke’s plant, but Continue reading Duke Energy doesn’t need Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline →
Tuesday May 27th Duke plans to file with FL PSC
for approval to use Sabal Trail fracked methane at its former
Crystal River nuclear site in Citrus County, Florida,
and apparently for two other Duke plants in Suwannee County and Polk County.
The Citrus County Commissioners have a Comprehensive Plan change for Duke on their agenda for
day, May 27th, for a Public Hearing June 10th.
We already knew last December
that Duke’s usual spokesman said Sabal Trail “plans to provide the gas” for Duke’s plant,
which explains why Sabal Trail proposed last November a Citrus County Pipeline
that goes right to Duke’s site.
And now we have further confirmation.
current top news story is by Robby Douglas in Citrus Daily 15 May 2014,
Duke to build natural gas plant here, close coal plants, Continue reading Duke gas plants to be fueled by Sabal Trail fracked methane →
Similar to the coverage in the
Moultrie Observer (it even mentions the closed Lowndes County landfill),
plus some local observations and some quotes by Beth Gordon.
Bill Thompson wrote for the Ocala StarBanner yesterday,
EPA questions gas pipeline planned through North Central Florida,
Continue reading EPA questions about Sabal Trail in Ocala newspaper →
Finally, the EPA wants the report to incorporate the project’s
compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. That would be a concern
for residents near Dunnellon.
The company intends to build a compressor station south of the town,
near State Road 200.
Environmental regulators seek to learn how much greenhouse gases and
potentially hazardous pollutants will be emitted at such sites.
Spectra’s Sabal Trail Transmission wants to slice through Alabama, Georgia, and north Florida
to get to FPL and Duke gas plants in Florida.
That helps explain the Citrus County Pipeline offshoot tacked onto the end of
Sabal Trail’s 15 November 2013 update to FERC.
Bill Thompson wrote for the Ocala StarBanner 14 December 2014,
Duke Energy to build gas plant tied to Sabal Trial pipeline,
The proposed interstate pipeline that will slice through Marion
County in delivering natural gas to an Orlando-area depot apparently
has a customer ready.
Duke Energy plans to build a new natural gas-fired power plant in
Citrus County, which is expected to be in operation not long after
Sabal Trail Transmission LLC, the pipeline builder, completes its
465-mile link to gas reserves flowing through east central Alabama.
Duke Energy spokesman Sterling Ivey said the company had within the
past week received six bids to build a facility in Citrus, and it is
keeping open the option to do the work itself.
This is the same Sterling Ivey
who claimed Continue reading Duke plant in Citrus County likely Sabal Trail gas pipe customer →