Our old friend Port Dolphin is back asking LNG import competing with or displacing Sabal Trail’s
fracked methane pipeline, this time possibly shipping gas across the Gulf of Mexico from U.S. LNG export facilities.
Back in 2009 Port Dolphin got
FERC approval for LNG import,
but then there was a big recession, and the “shale gas revolution” (fracking)
happened, resulting in most LNG import facilities filing for LNG export
But Port Dolphin wants to continue with imports, as
Joe Fisher wrote for Natural Gas Intelligence, 20 October 2014,
Would-Be Florida LNG Importer Sees Promise in Cross-Gulf Trade,
Florida does not have indigenous gas supply and historically has
been served by two interstate natural gas pipeline with a third one
planned, Sabal Trail (see Daily GPI, Oct. 24, 2013). Recently
announced is a related north-to-south intrastate pipeline project
(Florida Southeast Connection) (see Daily GPI, Oct. 10).
turn its LNG import project around to export liquefied
U.S. gas — as other would-be import terminal
developers/operators have done — Port Dolphin, which is a unit
of Norway’s Hoegh LNG AS, still wants to make a go of importing LNG.
It told FERC the project could even regasify domestically sourced
LNG from the Gulf of Mexico, for instance.
Translation: Continue reading
The trickle turns to a flood of motions to intervene being filed
for the FERC dockets of Sabal Trail, Transco’s Hillabee Expansion Project,
and Florida Southeast Connection.
Two elected county governments have filed, one of them in all three dockets.
Other counties and cities and even states can dod the same.
Be sure to file in all three dockets: CP15-17, CP15-16, and CP14-554.
It’s not enough to list them in your filing documents or description:
you must file them on each docket.
If you don’t find your filing in
FERC’s docket search for each of the three dockets,
you need to go back and file again in the other dockets.
how to file for multiple dockets
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The newspaper of record in the county seat of the most populous
county along the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline path between Auburn
and Gainesville reminds everyone of the Christmas Eve filing deadline.
Joe Adgie, Valdosta Daily Times, 19 December 2014,
Deadline nears for pipeline comments,
Residents wanting to file comments with the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission about the Sabal Trail pipeline have
until Dec. 24 to do so….
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
How simple a motion to intevene can be:
organization name, contacts, and Basis for Intervening.
Filing to intervene gets your foot in the door for any further
filings or legal actions or participation in hearings.
It does not require filing major legal documents at the outset (or ever).
It does require filing your motion to intervene
by 24 December 2014.
It would be prudent not to wait until the last day:
you never know when FERC’s efiling system might be down.
This motion to intervene is by Sabal Trail’s competitor Florida Gas Transmission,
which is, according to Kinder Morgan:
The Florida Gas Transmission (FGT) pipeline is an approximately
5,500-mile system that transports natural gas from south Texas to
south Florida. FGT is owned by Florida Gas Transmission Company,
LLC, a 100% owned subsidiary of Citrus Corp. Citrus Corp is a 50/50
joint venture between Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) and Energy
FGT didn’t mention in this filing, but it knows sinkholes.
Just a year ago FGT
had to move its pipeline off of the famous 25-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish, Louisiana.
Filed with FERC 9 December 2014 as
Accession Number: 20141209-5136,
“(doc-less) Motion to Intervene of Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC under CP15-17.” Continue reading
Back in May Sabal Trail and FSC argued fracking wasn’t relevant
to their pipelines.
How can they argue that now that FPL wants to frack
frack Oklahoma for methane for those pipelnes proposed to gouge through
Alabama, Florida, and Georgia?
Mary Ellen Klas, Miami Herald, 1 December 2014,
FPL asks permission to drill for natural gas, Continue reading
Due to local opposition to an unnecessary fracked methane pipeline,
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made Sabal Trail
(FPL and Spectra Energy) produce four new route alternatives,
and FERC set a deadline of November 15th for comments on them.
Here’s how to send your ecomments to FERC before then: Continue reading
A FERC comment period ending 15 November 2014 seems to mean
Sabal Trail will miss its 31 October formal filing date.
No relief suggested for crossing the Withlacoochee River at the border
of Brooks and Lowndes Counties, Georgia (or inside Lowndes County
next to Valdosta, according to
several of the previous alternatives).
And every proposed path still crosses the Suwannee River
into Suwannee County.
Maybe that’s because
the Dougherty County Commission and
the Albany City Council actually stood up for
Gilchrist County (see Wacassassa Flats Alternative),
Suwannee County Commission
swallowed Sabal Trail disinformation and
the Lowndes County
Commission and the Valdosta City Council did
one letter from the Chairman)
one letter from one Council member).
There’s still time for Dougherty, Lowndes, and all the other
counties and cities
to pass ordinances, and to lobby state and federal agencies and
elected and appointed officials.
Oh, and there’s an election going on.
Also no mention of
Sabal Trail’s Jasper, Florida Open House,
5-7:30 Tuesday 21 October 2014, but STT’s newspaper notice said the public
is invited, so y’all come!
Filed with FERC today, 15 October 2014,
Supplemental Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environment Impact Statement for the Planned Southeast Market Pipeline Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues etc. re Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC under PF14-1.
No. PF14-1-000 Continue reading
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The AP finally picked up on opposition, newspapers and TV stations from
San Francisco to Washington, DC and from Utah and Chicago to Miami
picked up the AP story that same day, including
Spectra Energy’s home town of Houston, Texas, plus Canada and New Zealand,
followed by the Valdosta Daily Times today, for at least 27 stories total.
Ray Henry wrote for AP Saturday 11 October 2014,
New $3.7B gas line proposed for Ala., Ga., Fla.,
ATLANTA (AP)—A proposal to build a $3.7 billion pipeline
system carrying natural gas into Florida is raising complaints from
Georgia residents—including media mogul Ted Turner—who
say they’d face environmental costs while others get the benefits.
He quoted Gloria Gaines of Albany.
He also mentioned Duke’s proposed Citrus County plant without mentioning
that Duke has repeatedly said it doesn’t need Sabal Trail.
And he didn’t mention LNG export.
But he did list quite a few opponents, and he included this:
NextEra, Spectra or their related political committees have donated
several thousand dollars to politicians, including Alabama Gov.
Robert Bentley and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
Picking up the AP story that same day were: Continue reading