Many eyes watching pipeline construction can catch shoddy work,
and even FDEP will step in to deal with the most egregious violations,
as Spectra and Rockford for FPL rush to try to finish by May 2017.
Shannon Larsen’s complaint to Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
at least briefly shut down destruction by Florida Southeast Connection (FSC)
at Ft Drum Creek, just south of Ft. Drum, Florida.
On the telephone just now she told me work had indeed been halted.
Right now Shannon is in Okeechobee City starting
a rally to stop pipelines across Florida
at Continue reading Complaint to FDEP stops FSC construction in Okeechobee County, FL →
All the companies behind the Southeast Market Pipelines Project have representatives
sitting in those back rooms voting on draft bills on an equal basis with state legislators, according to the latest information publicly availlable.
Back in the news a year after an Atlanta TV station reported on an ALEC meeting in Savannah, ALEC is not just for Georgia, every state has legislators
in that super-lobbying group, including Florida and Albama, taking those draft bills back to their legislatures and often getting them passed.
Now you know why the same bad bills to ban home rule on fracking, to block renwable energy portfolios, to impose a solar tax, and of course to promote fracked methane pipelines, show up at the same times in states all across the country.
Brendan Keefe and Michael King, WXIA-TV, 22 May 2015,
Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort. They found out quite a bit before ALEC had off-duty deputies throw them out of their hotel. Continue reading Spectra, Duke, NextEra, Williams, all members of ALEC super-lobby group →
You can support hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals who have
already asked Congress to:
Help secure an independent investigation by the Government
Accountability Office into the abuses of power, process and law by
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) when it comes to
interstate natural gas pipelines and LNG export facilities. Write
your congressional representative now to urge their help in securing
this necessary independent review.
handy web form
by Delaware Riverkeeper Network.
If you want something local to say, try reading Continue reading Ask GAO to investigate why FERC Doesn’t Work →
Please sign this
petition for an independent investigation of FERC by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Or call or write
your own members of Congress and ask them to investigate FERC and rein in its rubberstamping of new fossil fuel projects.
FERC has actually
denied two pipelines out of a huge number of applications.
Both were part of LNG import projects.
One of them was about hardship to mineral interest donors, and a fair FERC would conclude hardship
to everyone who depends on the Floridan Aquifer for their sole source of drinking water would be more than sufficient reason to deny Sabal Trail.
The other`was a Spectra pipeline,
so even mighty Spectra can lose at FERC.
But it’s hard for any new fossil fuel project to lose at FERC because
FERC brags about “Full Cost Recovery” meaning 100% of FERC’s annual Congressional allocation is paid back out of fees and charges from the very industries FERC supposedly “regulates”.
This is what Investopedia defines as
regulatory capture: Continue reading Petition for GAO to rein in FERC →
Who is Sabal Trail, anyway?
Counties resolving against Sabal Trail might want to make their resolutions against any new pipeline, since
there’s already another one proposed for Suwannee County (see
Sabal Trail owned and operated by….
Reviving a pipeline idea that failed in the Florida PSC in 2009, FPL
put out a request for proposals that was won by Sabal Trail in 2013.
Note the original proposed Sabal Trail path in the map below did not go through Georgia; why that changed is a long story apparently only known in full to Spectra, FPL, and Williams Co.
Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC was formed by Continue reading What companies are in Sabal Trail and related? →
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 →
Don’t believe FERC is funded by the industries it regulates?
Well, let’s look beyond FERC’s own About web page to its actual funding request to Congress.
Maybe that will motivate you to
ecomment to FERC right now,
and to contact your local, state, and national elected and appointed
Acting Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur, FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION,
FY 2015 Congressional Performance Budget Request,
Full Cost Recovery
The Commission recovers the full cost of its operations through
annual charges and filing fees assessed on the industries it
regulates as authorized by the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986. The Commission deposits
this revenue into the Treasury as a direct offset to its
appropriation, resulting in no net appropriation.
Clear enough that FERC is 100% funded by the industries it regulates?
That may seem like a win for the taxpayers.
But is it a win for you the local landowners Continue reading FERC recovers cost of operations through charges and fees from the industries it regulates –FERC FY14 Budget →
The Deal campaign not only accepted Spectra’s PAC money, but then
tried to claim (incorrectly) that Michelle Nunn’s campaign for U.S. Senate also accepted Spectra PAC money: so Deal’s campaign took Spectra’s money and then told an untruth about who else might have.
The best Spectra’s Andrea Grover could come up with was “economic development”;
nevermind Sabal Trail would use out-of-state crews to install its fracked methane pipeline, it would bring almost no jobs to Georgia, and it isn’t even selling gas to Georgia.
Neither even tried to implicate
Jason Carter’s campaign for governor, because Carter’s campaign finance filings show zero contributions from Spectra’s PAC.
The incumbent governors of Alabama and Tennessee, however, did take
money from Spectra’s PAC.
Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign accepts contributions from Spectra Energy:
Houston energy giant says its PAC contributes to campaigns of candidates who favor economic development, Continue reading Albany Herald breaks GA Gov. Deal Spectra campaign contributions →
A newspaper in Gainesville, with more than twice the population of Ocala,
picked up the
same newspaper editorial against the Sabal Trail fracked
methane pipeline, reiterating that unless serious risks can be addressed,
the pipeline isn’t worth it, and besides, it’s not clear Florida
even needs the power other than to profit big utilities (and pipeline companies,
and apparently Florida Governor Rick Scott).
Hm, marching northwards,
Ocala, Gainesville, next
then how about
Newspapers and TV stations in those places have covered the pipeline.
Time for their editorial boards to do what just happened in Ocala
30 July 2014,
Editorial: A pipeline’s purpose, Continue reading Another newspaper against Sabal Trail: The Gainesville Sun →
Rick Scott’s financial ties to fracking got that driller kicked out
Now that Gov. Scott has been tied to the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline,
maybe Florida will kick Spectra out of the state, too.
Steve Bousquet wrote for the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau 13 June 2014,
Scott’s stake in oil company tied to Collier drilling riles environmentalists, Continue reading Gov. Scott tied to Everglades drilling: driller kicked out of Florida →