FPL’s hometown newspaper never mentions solar or wind in an opinion piece
asking whether you think the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline is a good idea.
You can comment directly in the newspaper.
Maybe you’d like to send your comments to FERC, as well.
Palm Beach Post Opinion Staff wrote yesterday,
Should FPL’s natural gas pipeline be built?
NextEra Energy, parent of Florida Power & Light, is contracting with
Spectra Energy to run a natural gas pipleine 591 miles through the
heart of the state, ending in Martin County.
FPL President Eric Silagy says the company needs the additional
pipeline to provide redundancy and added capacity to the state’s
existing natural gas pipleines. FPL is now the nation’s largest
consumer of natural gas, he says.
It’s curious how
FPL’s own projections in its 10-year plan
don’t support Continue reading Build FPL’s natural gas pipeline or not? –Palm Beach Post
FE proposes to follow the law, NEPA, specifically.
How about we also repeal
the Halliburton Loophole
Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPA2005) that enables fracking and LNG exports?
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE)’s parent U.S. Department of Energy (DoE)’s
on EPA2005 doesn’t mention its fracking effects or liquid natural gas (LNG)
storage or export.
spells out that EPA2005 not just enabled but required LNG export:
Mandatory within 60 days after date of enactment
Continue reading The Halliburton fracking Loophole and LNG exports
FERC won’t be able to say it doesn’t know anything about LNG exports
anymore, with this plan to require FERC environmental assessments
before FE authorization.
But this does nothing about the FE authorizations aleady granted,
the three at the end of the Transco -> Sabal -> FSC pipeline.
A better idea: cancel LNG exports and build solar power instead.
Jennifer A. Dlouhy wrote for Fuelfix 30 May 2014,
Winners and losers in feds’ new gas export review plan,
The Energy Department intends to scrap a two-year-old approach for
considering applications to export LNG to countries that don’t have
free trade agreements with the United States. Instead of reviewing
them in the order they were filed, as the agency largely does now,
the Energy Department would first tackle those that have already
cleared an expensive, time-consuming environmental assessment
typically done by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Sen. Ed Markey’s statement of 29 May 2014,
Markey Commends DOE Move to Study Impacts of Large-scale Natural Gas Exports,
heads in the right direction but doesn’t go far enough: Continue reading LNG export approval pause puts FERC on hook for EIAs
More “free trade” LNG export destinations from Florida
will open up if the
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
passes, to the 28 EU member countries:
Many of those countries currently get fracked gas from Russia:
Continue reading LNG export to Europe with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?
Where is FLiNG Energy and its
“partners in Indiantown”
that it expects to help it quadruple its LNG capacity in the
first quarter of 2016?
All along FPL’s pipeline to the sea, and PCBs, too.
So convenient for LNG export from the proposed Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline!
lists its contact address as
15328 SW Warfield Blvd. Indiantown, FL 34956.
this unassuming storefront that google maps shows with “Indiantown Realty”
on the front: Continue reading Where are Floridian LNG and FLiNG Energy?
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
Williams Co.’s excuse: “an insufficient level of firm customer commitment”
for its Marcellus shale to Gulf of Mexico gas pipe.
That’s corporate-ese for it got to be too expensive; it’s the same thing
a company that wanted to put a biomass plant in Lowndes County said.
Couldn’t have had anything to do with massive public resistance, oh no.
This is the same Williams Co. that owns Transco, first in the chain
of the Transco -> Sabal Trail -> Florida Southeast Connection
pipeline through Alabama and Georgia to Florida’s Atlantic
and Gulf coasts, where there are already several companies
authorized for LNG export.
That one could get too expensive, too.
Tim Rudell wrote for WKSU 29 April 2014,
Bluegrass pipeline project through Ohio and beyond is cancelled, Continue reading Bluegrass fracked methane pipeline cancelled
People talk about LNG exports to China through the
Transco – Sabal Trail – Florida Southeast Connection
pipeline, even though
FPL says it knows nothing about exports through that
Southeast Market Pipelines Project (SMPP), and FERC also seems to know nothing.
If that fracked gas really can go to China, where’s
FERC’s rationale for federal eminent domain,
which depends on Florida needing the gas?
FPL’s own 10-Year Site Plan doesn’t support a need for the gas,
EPA doesn’t buy what it’s seen as rationalizations for that
can the gas go to China?
FERC has admitted in more than one Scoping Meeting that it’s not the
pipeline company that has to get export authorization: it’s the end user.
And FPL is not the only end user and FERC is not the only export-authorizing agency. Continue reading Can Sabal Trail fracked methane go to China?
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
EPA isn’t buying FPL’s need for new power in Florida,
or that methane is better than
renewable energy sources
should be considered together, not separately),
or that a pipeline is the best way to get gas
Port Dolphin instead),
or that any of the
proposed routes are appropriate,
not to mention catching inconsistent numbers of
and asking to see any
And EPA asked for
as well as further information on water
re-emitted into the environment.
My favorite is
EPA recommends FERC provide in the EIS readable and comprehensible
maps and figures, and clearly describe all potential impacts with the
proposed action upon children’s health. For example, maps of schools,
day-care facilities, multifamily housing, and hospitals should have
different legend colors and be created at scales providing appropriate
information, i.e., proximity of sensitive receptors to the navigation
and transportation corridors.
FERC shows EPA’s comments as filed
23 April 2014, although they are dated two days earlier. -jsq
UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY Continue reading Explain why the gas is needed –EPA to FERC