The financial press amusingly tries to spin Kinder Morgan’s
suspension yesterday of its Palmetto petroleum products pipeline as a positive.
Meanwhile, Sabal Trail still needs stopping even after
the historic win in the Georgia legislature,
and remember KMI is in bed with Sabal Trail on
on the Jacksonville Expansion Project (JEP) from Suwannee County, FL to Jacksonville,
FERC Docket No. CP15-144.
Matthew DiLallo, Motley Fool, 31 March 2016,
Kinder Morgan Inc. Presses Pause on the Palmetto Pipeline Project:
The Palmetto Pipeline is halted due to eminent domain dispute.,
The Palmetto Pipeline project was initially Continue reading Cost to KMI of Palmetto Pipeline Suspension and other pipeline opposition
Where does this KMI natural gas project start, and where would it connect to Sabal Trail?
Back in March 2015,
FERC gave Kinder Morgan docket CP15-144 for its Jacksonville Expansion Project, to ship “natural” gas from Suwannee County to Jacksonville, where Jaxport is gearing up for liquid natural gas (LNG) export.
KMI’s FERC application explicitly says Sabal Trail can connect if it wants to,
and it turns out Sabal Trail’s own Suwannee County map gives us the answer, once we interpret it: Continue reading Where in Suwannee County is the KMI JAX Expansion Project?
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?
The excuse for Spectra’s Sabal Trail pipeline is new natural gas
electric generating units in Florida. FPL calls this “modernizing“, which is an odd word for using 20th century fossil fuels when 21st century solar power, conservation, and efficiency is ready right now for the Sunshine State.
Adding to their opposition to LNG export, the Sierra Club Board of Directors has adopted this new policy:
“Natural Gas: The Sierra Club opposes new electric generating
units powered by natural gas, including peaking and combined cycle
units. Consistent with the Board’s goal of eliminating all fossil
fuels from the electric sector no later than 2030, it is critical
that the US avoid further high-capital investments in new natural
gas plants and related infrastructure.”
This is in Sierra Club’s Continue reading Sierra Club opposes new natural gas electric generating units: good news against Sabal Trail
Calling their bluff at their very first “public hearing”,
longtime environmental activist Steve Willis told Kinder Morgan
that if they didn’t want the public to believe that their
pipeline is for export,
when it so conveniently runs past KM’s proposed
Elba Island LNG export terminal and to Jacksonville where
Jaxport is gearing up for LNG export,
they should post a $100 million bond.
Watch the KM rep’s face as soon as Steve says “export”;
sure looks like “OMG, he’s on to us!”
Steve noted there is no local demand for KM’s petroleum products,
and exports drive up local prices anyway.
You don’t have to believe Steve, you can believe Continue reading Post a bond if Palmetto Pipeline is not for export –Steve Willis to Kinder Morgan in Savannah
Marcellus Shale fracked methane through Atlantic Sunrise to Transco to Sabal Trail to TECO to Jaxport for LNG export?
And maybe an explanation for why Sempra Energy, like Spectra Energy,
donated to both GA Gov. Nathan Deal’s and AL Gov. Robert Bentley’s
Sempra apparently wants to export Marcellus Shale gas from Jacksonville,
and Sabal Trail is the proposed conduit for that through Alabama and Georgia
John Burr wrote for Jacksonville Business Journal 10 March 2014,
TECO Peoples Gas looks to expand natural gas pipeline to Jacksonville, Continue reading Sabal Trail to TECO to Jaxport for LNG export?
Opposition to the Sabal Trail pipeline may be having more widespread effects.
The same day
FERC told Sabal Trail to pay attention to karst limestone sinkhole opposition,
Duke announced it wasn’t going to “modernize” that plant.
Two days later,
Sabal Trail told one of that opposition that it was considering
moving its Suwannee River crossing upstream, that is, away from Duke’s
Ivan Penn wrote for Tampa Bay Times 26 August 2014,
In flip-flop, Duke Energy will buy existing power plant, not build one, Continue reading Duke withdraws Suwannee and Polk plant plans
Why didn’t FERC or Sabal Trail or FPL or Williams tell us about
LNG export to FTA countries authorized by FE in 2011,
before Sabal Trail and the others even submitted their pre-filing applications to FERC?
The Carib Energy that
has requested authorization for LNG export to non-FTA countries:
we’ve heard of them before.
Carib’s parent company
is based in Jacksonville, FL, and Jaxport is also eyeing LNG export,
plus a closer connection.
Remember, Crowley already has
authorization from U.S. DoE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) to
export to Free Trade Agreement countries: Continue reading JAX-based Crowley authorized to export LNG from Martin County, Florida
The co-founder of the company building the LNG facility at Jaxport
is all for exporting natural gas, even if it means rising domestic prices.
T. Boone Pickens is a co-founder of Clean Energy Co.?
Paul Toscano wrote for CNBC 15 May 2013,
Boone Pickens on Gas Exports: ‘Move It Out and Sell It’,
“The producers have gone out and drilled for the natural gas. They
should be entitled to get the best markets in the world, so let them
have it,” Continue reading I’d go ahead and let the gas go into the global market. –T. Boone Pickens
Why are Jaxport tenants buying LNG ships and a company that already has
an LNG export license?
And why is Jaxport so interested in becoming a major player in natural gas?
All reports agree this liquid natural gas (LNG) facility
is for supplying methane-fueled trucks and buses,
and some say its gas will come from a pipeline.
But are trucks and buses really the only destination for that pipelined
gas, or is it also intended for export, as
the U.S. House subcommittee chaired by
Ted Poe of Houston (home of Spectra Energy)
recently advocated at great length?
Timothy Gibbons wrote for Jacksonville Busines Journal 31 October 2013,
LNG plant puts Jacksonville at head of ‘tsunami’ of alternative fuel growth, Continue reading LNG export port at Jacksonville?