EPA is holding public hearings on its
proposed Clean Power Plan
next week, 29-30 July 2014, in Atlanta.
Maybe you want to mention shifting from coal to “natural” gas
(fracked methane) actually may make matters worse here,
with proposed pipelines like the hazardous 36-inch monsters Sabal Trail through south Georgia
and Renaissance through north Georgia, on environmentally damaging hundred-foot rights of way through our fields, forests, wetlands, and under our rivers.
so EPA needs to go further.
You can also
comment online until 16 October 2014 on Docket ID EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602.
And you can express your opinion outside with Georgia Sierra Club
at the Atlanta Climate Rally Tuesday at high noon.
mercury in the Alapaha River probably comes from coal Plant Scherer,
near Macon, Georgia.
While that proposed carbon rule may help clean up coal plants like Scherer,
it says nothing about methane, which EPA says is Continue reading Climate Rally and EPA hearings Tuesday and Wednesday in Atlanta
Opposition from the south end of the proposed pipeline route,
from a group that has been opposing FPL fracked methane power plants since 2008.
Panagioti wrote for Earth First! Newswire 6 April 2014,
Spectra Seeks Approval to Send Gas Pipeline into the Southern Swamps,
What would you do if a corporation got permits to build a time bomb
on your land?
Rural communities across Alabama, Georgia and Florida are joining
the chorus of people asking this all-too-familiar question.
But resistance to proposed fossil fuel pipelines has been growing…
almost as frequent as the steady stream of disasters from existing
New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, B.C., Ontario….
Each Continue reading Spectra Pipeline into Southern Swamps –Earth First!
If FERC needs to consider an interstate highway route for the Constitution
Pipeline through Pennsylvania and New York State,
it also needs to consider running down I-75 through Georgia and Florida
for the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline.
Just as numerous state and federal agencies insisted on that in New York
and Pennsylvania, state agencies in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida
and the same federal agencies can insist on the same for the Transco ->
Sabal Trail -> FSC 100-foot-wide gash to the sea.
Joe Mahoney wrote for The Daily Star 17 April 2014,
EPA deems pipeline study ‘insufficient’,
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that a draft
report on the environmental impacts of the proposed Constitution
Pipeline is “insufficient,” and that a potential option
of co-locating the transmission line along Interstate 88 “has Continue reading Pipeline EIA insufficient without interstate highway option –EPA
What is FERC required to do to justifiy a pipeline certificate
and eminent domain?
John Peconom of FERC told me that
federal eminent domain was justified by Florida needing the gas,
therefore it was for the good of the United States.
Peconom didn’t provide a reference, but FERC’s own documents say FERC is supposed to balance public benefits,
which means somebody has to demonstrate those public benefits.
Also, one-time payments to landowners may not be enough.
In FERC’s own
Natural Gas Environmental Guidelines,
GUIDANCE MANUAL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT PREPARATION, Continue reading What is FERC required to do?
may yet be held accountable by the citizens,
and by other government agencies and courts that are
by the industries they regulate like FERC.
Sane Energy Project posted 4 May 2014,
Reportback: The Minisink Hearing, or, FERC Gets a Clue,
A court officer was asked if similar hearings were always as
crowded. “Never,” he said.
This is a trend that’s building. Before Spectra, the average number
of interveners on any project was about 19. Now, it’s typical for
there to be 300-500 interveners, and for thousands of comments to be
filed. Lately, activists are getting under FERC’s skin even more,
showing up repeatedly at hearings, Commission meetings, and soon, a
rally in front of their offices.
Ted Glick, coordinator for
Cheseapeake Climate Action Network, one
of the main groups fighting the Cove Point LNG export terminal in
said, Continue reading FERC hearing packed by activists
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.
The Colquitt County newspaper noticed the
EPA questions to FERC about the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline,
and even got sort of a response out of Sabal Trail.
Alan Mauldin wrote for the Moultrie Observer 26 April 2014,
EPA letter lists concerns with Sabal Trail,
One issue raised by EPA is whether laying a new, 36-inch pipeline in
proximity to a 10-inch pipeline built in the 1950s would present a
danger to the public.
The alternate route that would take the pipeline through the heart
of Colquitt County would for some of its path run parallel to the
old iron pipeline.
“Consequently, concerns exist with the safety of Continue reading EPA comments in Moultrie Observer
FPL doubled down on a need
because it claims fracked methane is “clean”,
FERC filing of 21 April 2014.
FPL says it is
“a strong supporter of solar power”
even though it
didn’t increase its solar capacity from 2010 to 2013
because of the lame baseload capacity excuse.
FPL says it knows nothing about
Export of Gas, even though
Floridian LNG, located next to FPL’s Martin County “Clean Energy” Center right at the end of the Transco-Sabal-FSC pipeline,
was approved for LNG export by the U.S. DoE Office Fossil Energy (FE)
14 November 2013,
Crowley Maritime’s Carib Energy
was approved for export from Florida by FE 27 July 2011.
And FPL says its ratepayers are not paying the costs
of the pipeline, even though FPL VP of development and external affairs Pam Rauch
argued in pring 29 July 2012 for a “Clean Energy” (fracked methane) Center at Cape Canaveral
that was one of several mentioned
by the Tampa Times 24 October 2014
as a reason for a new pipeline,
and that same Pam Rauch
filed PF14-2 with FERC for the Florida Southeast Connection (FSC) pipeline that connects from Sabal Trail to FPL’s
“Clean Energy” Center in Martin County, next to Floridian LNG.
FPL doesn’t seem to know what’s going on next to it,
and maybe not what its own employees are doing.
I hope EPA doesn’t consider
the questions it filed with FERC the same day
answered by this weak tea from FPL.
April 21, 2014
Ms. Kimberly D. Bose
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20426
Southeast Market Pipelines Project
Docket Nos. PF14-1-000, PF14-2-000, and PF14-6-000
Dear Ms. Bose:
Florida Power & Light Company (“FPL”) hereby submits these comments in response Continue reading FPL supports solar power without spending money on it –FPL to FERC
Published with permission of the author, who stressed she sent
“Not as a member of Spectrabusters. Just me.” I added a few links. -jsq
From: Beth Gordon
Date: April 24, 2014, 8:15:30 AM EDT
To: John Peconom of FERC
Subject: EPA comments
Dear Mr. Peconum,
Does FERC, or Spectra, intend answer
the questions posed by the EPA? I
read their posted comments yesterday. They obviously share many
people’s feeling that Sabal Trail’s claims don’t add up.
Florida doesn’t need this gas.
In fact right now, Florida has so much that we
store it. Spectra and FPL need this amount of gas
for LNG plants for export,
obviously. And for the Riviera beach connection to a 46 inch
pipeline to run to the Bahamas undersea. Switching over one coal plant
doesn’t justify a 3 billion dollar pipeline. Especially where
FPL has raised, rather than lowered, electric bills on account of this
The EPA’s questions must be given serious thought by FERC before it
awards this project, and
the eminent domain rights attendant to it.
Floridians will see no Continue reading The EPA’s questions must be given serious thought by FERC –Beth Gordon
How does a 13% projected power increase justify a
33% 50% increase
in fracked methane delivered by a third new pipeline?
And why isn’t FPL doing more with solar power in the Sunshine State?
Updated 12 August 2014: Fixed 50% increase, which was so absurdly high that I didn’t believe it when I first wrote this. Yet 3/2 is a 50% increase.
10-Year Site Plan web page says:
FPL submitted its 10-Year Power Plant Site Plan 2014-2023 to the Florida Public Service Commission in April 2014.
The document includes on page 37
FPL’s own Schedule 2.1 History and Forecast of Energy Consumption
And Number of Customers by Customer Class (Projected),
which shows 55,739 GWh for 2014 and 62,870 GWh projected for 2023.
That’s an increase of 13% over a decade.
How does that (very aggressive) forecasted increase
justify a natural gas increase of
33% 50% by adding a third pipeline?
(And by the way, those numbers are significantly less than
the numbers in FPL’s 2011 plan of Continue reading FPL’s own projections don’t support need for a new pipeline