FPL and Spectra could lose, because many organizations and individuals
don’t want dirty methane pipelines when we can go straight to conservation,
efficiency, and solar and wind power.
Kevin Spear wrote for the Orlando Sentinel
19 January 2014
Pipeline to bring natural gas to state,
Florida Power & Light Co. is on the cusp of getting the pipeline it
has long wanted to carry natural gas from elsewhere in the nation to
Central and South Florida to run the utility’s power plants.
But the proposed $3.6 billion project, which FPL hopes to start
using in 2017, has drawn mixed responses from even groups that are
Among them, Audubon Florida lauds natural gas as cleaner than coal
when burned by power plants, while
Sierra Club Florida opposes the
line as likely to ensure that the state becomes further addicted to
the fuel at the expense of developing solar power.
Other negative reactions include:
Contention by many environmentalists that the use of natural gas on
the whole — from drilling to consuming — is as damaging
to the environment as the use of coal.
Concerns that the route of the proposed pipeline is potentially
harmful to Florida wetlands and aquifers.
Criticism from some environmental groups that Continue reading Even many FPL allies oppose new methane pipelines
Update: 10 Feb 2014: Watch it online or go to one of several other upcoming county commission meetings.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Valdosta, 6 February 2014 —
Local landowner Monica Martin will speak to the Osceola
County Commission about the proposed Sabal Trail methane gas
pipeline and its effects on the aquifer, native wildlife,
and the landscape, plus property values and property rights.
Other local citizens may also speak in the same "Hear
the Audience" section (turn in a "Request to
Speak" form before the meeting). Anyone from anywhere
can come listen, or protest against the pipeline
Monday, February 10 th 2014
Administration Building 4 th Floor
One Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741
Why: Spectra Energy,
which had compressor station leaks in Maine last month and
in Pennsylvania last year, plus multiple fines by Pipeline
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for
corrosion and leaks, and a record $15 million EPA fine for
PCB contamination, proposes a hundred-foot-wide gash through
our lands for their huge 36 inch Sabal Trail gas
pipeline from Alabama through Georgia to feed Florida Power
and Light (FPL) and Duke Energy for no benefit to local
citizens and rate hikes for FPL customers. A one-time
payment is not enough Continue reading Question the Sabal Trail pipeline in Osceola County 2014-02-10