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 →
Below you will find an excerpt of Strom, Inc. DOE Application # 15-78-LNG submitted May 2015, section V, describing the public interests of processing LNG, transporting via train and/or truck 90 miles along the pristine west coast of Florida for exporting to other, countries this includes non-FTA countries. Are these people not aware of Solar Energy and other clean energy alternatives which would well serve the countries they propose to export greenhouse emitting, water destructive and air polluting fracked gas to? You know they are. But DOE/FE policy gives LNG facilities the right to negotiate their own trade agreements and determine the environmental effects in the name of promoting competition in the dying, subsidized fossil fuel industry. As for the 100’s of jobs Strom says will be created in this application, if the Florida government and utility monopoly were removed (as it is in all but 4 states), via solar choice, there would be 1000’s of jobs created in the solar industry alone!
It is obvious that this endeavor is “all about the money” for an industry that has seen it’s time and needs to fold or adapt. As well as the invested politicians ‘on the dole’. The fracking industry is operating in debt – in the ‘red’ – and guess who will be left with the losses economically, environmentally and socially.
Strom’s DOE application for their multiple operations are still open for comments via DOE online here:
https://fossil.energy.gov/app/docketindex/docket?11&00-00-ZZ. The last day to comment is Feb 12, 2016.
Below here is Strom’s argument for public need/benefits from their application to DOE.
If you’re a Houston fossil fuel company and you can’t get FERC approval fast enough, try FE, or MARAD!
If that doesn’t work, ship it by land through Canada or Mexico!
Local property rights, they laugh at those! Rio Grande, Suwannee River, or Hudson River: just minor obstacles to greed!
If the people are tired of profit being more important than their land, water, air, or safety, it’s time to stop this fossil fuel shell game.
MARAD Continue reading The LNG export shell game: FERC, FE, MARAD, or NEB? →
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 →
How big is the LNG export gold rush?
Here are maps of dozens of approved, proposed, and potential LNG export terminals,
one of them even including Carib’s FE-authorized Martin County LNG export facility that FERC never seems to remember and Sabal Trail never talks about.
Update 2015-02-23: Now with the rest of the maps.
In addition to the
approved LNG import and export terminals,
there are more on this
FERC map of Proposed North American LNG Export Terminals,
including ones in Lake Charles (2 and 7), Sabine Pass (6), Plaquemines Parish (8 and 11), and Cameron Parish (13) Louisiana,
Lavaca Bay (4) and Sabine Pass (9), Texas,
Elba Island (5), Georgia, and Jacksonvile (14), Florida,
as well as Coos Bay (1) and Astoria (3), Oregon,
plus two in Kitimat (15 and 17) and one on Douglas Island (16), British Columbia.
One of those proposed BC LNG export terminals is where
Spectra Energy proposes to build not one but two pipelines.
And even that ain’t all. Continue reading LNG export approved and proposed →
LNG “storage, vaporization and truck loading facility” FGS just spelled out
that it wants gas from the end of this pipeline chain in Florida,
in its motion to intervene on Sabal Trail’s FERC docket.
Remember, FGS’ apparently PCB-contaminated site is
on the same Warfield Blvd as FPL’s Martin County “Clean Energy Center”
and as LNG-export-authorized FLiNG Energy’s storefront,
with an FPL pipeline running right down that same road.
FLiNG says it is “located immediately adjacent to Floridian Natural Gas Storage”.
Do you still claim, Sabal Trail, that your fracked methane isn’t for export?
This motion is
even simpler than
FGT’s motion to intervene.
before 24 December 2014.
Filed with FERC 9 December 2014 as
Accession Number: 20141209-5082,
“(doc-less) Motion to Intervene of Floridian Natural Gas Storage Company, LLC under CP15-17.” Continue reading FGS intervenes as likely customer of Sabal Trail →
SpectraBusters op-ed published by Ocala newspaper.
And the Sabal Trail pipeline still don’t pass the smell test.
Ocala Star-Banner, 16 November 2014,
Sabal Trail pipeline not in the public interest.
Illustrated version, with links to the evidence:
It don’t pass the smell test: FPL’s extra natural gas pipeline
Here are a few things you get with a pipeline easement:
no right to grow trees on it, limited right to put up fences,
and if you do, you have to have gates in them that the pipeline
company can put their own lock on.
But you do get to continue to pay taxes on land you can no longer
fully use; land that now contains a potentially corrosive, leaky,
explosive hazard that you can’t tap for your own use.
And you do get pipeline company contractors coming through at their
convenience to mow or otherwise clear the right of way.
Contractors who may be somewhat unclear on where the right of way
ends and your trees, for example, start.
Without ever having to notify you then or tell you later what happened.
And it’s even worse than that: you may get another pipeline, and meanwhile the pipeline company will claim rights over local governments and developments.
All while the world has changed and the sun has risen on a better way.
All bets are off if there’s a pipeline break Continue reading Why accepting a natural gas easement is a bad deal →
FERC can’t even say how many pipelines have been approved,
rejected, or went forward even if approved; no wonder
they’re being scrutinized.
Hannah Northey, E&E, 3 November 2014,
FERC faces heightened scrutiny as gas projects proliferate,
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission these days is drawing a
crowd of companies promoting projects linked to the U.S. natural gas
boom and protesters who say the agency blithely greenlights too many
pipelines, export terminals and other gas infrastructure.
Foes of a FERC-approved export terminal at Cove Point, Md., recently
rallied Continue reading FERC nervous about being watched →
EIA’s summary: “Increased LNG exports lead to increased natural gas prices”.
How can that be “consistent with the public interest”
when there’s a cheaper, faster, cleaner, and safer way that would not
push domestic natural gas prices up, namely solar and wind power?
So even if the Sabal Trail pipeline wouldn’t take your land,
risk your family and drinking water, or cost your taxes to pay for any
leaks or explosions, if it exports through even those
three already-authorized LNG export operations where it leads in Florida,
it would run up the price of natural gas in the U.S.
You don’t even have to believe
T. Boone Pickens:
you can read this eia report that was commissioned by the very same
Office of Fossil Energy that authorized those three LNG export operations.
U.S. Energy Information Administraiton, 29 October 2014,
Effect of Increased Levels of Liquefied Natural Gas Exports on U.S. Energy Markets, Continue reading LNG exports would drive up domestic natural gas prices →