FPL integrated ownership of fracking and pipelines to LNG export for its profit,
at the expense of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida landowners, U.S. natural gas customers, and of course
FPL ratepayers: that’s what FPL is hoping to wrap up at the Florida PSC.
FPL wants to buy the 50% its parent NextEra Energy
bought of “independent” PetroQuest’s Oklahoma fracking operation
back in 2010 before FPL put out
its December 2012 RFP
for what ended up being the Transco -> Sabal Trail -> FSC
methane pipeline to Martin County, Florida,
an FPL pipeline from there to the sea at Riviera Beach.
three LNG export operations have been authorized and
a fourth LNG export operation has reqeusted a permit from FERC.
FPL’s PR of 25 June 2014 doesn’t mention most of the above,
not even that NextEra already owns half of PetroQuest’s
Oklahoma fracking operation.
FPL proposes innovative plan to invest in natural gas to save customers millions of dollars and lower long-term fuel costs, Continue reading
The Florida Public Service Commission
has a special say in the
Southeast Market Pipelines Project
Florida Southeast Connection (FSC) leg of this pipeline is
completely inside Florida and completely owned by FPL, a Florida regulated
And Florida has a say because the
for the three-part
Transco -> Sabal Trail -> FSC project is that
supposedly Florida needs the power (it doesn’t,
but that’s the excuse).
FPL is getting so desperate for public acceptance of this boondoggle
they pressed their own CEO, Eric Silagy, into attempting to rebut
Our Santa Fe River’s latest entry in the op-ed debate.
Sabal Trail and FERC would like everyone to believe state regulators
have no say, but that’s just not true.
It’s not even clear GA PSC has no say, considering that Continue reading
Spectra, FPL, and Williams have not even formally filed with
FERC for pipeline permits yet, and that process usually takes about a year.
Permitting confusion benefits Spectra about its
Sabal Trail Transmission 36-inch hundred-foot-right-of-way
fracked methane pipeline, because people don’t know what they can do.
You can file ecomments right now, and show up and protest.
As soon as the pipeline company
files for the formal permit process, you can file as an
which gives you legal rights to be heard, file legal briefs,
and to appeal.
state and local permits also have to be filed,
and people can participate in those processes.
Even if there ever is a FERC permit, a landowner who makes
the pipeline company actually go through the eminent domain
process will very likely get a better deal.
If enough landowners say
Come and Take It,
the whole thing may become uneconomical for Spectra,
as for Williams Company when it
cancelled the Bluegrass Pipeline in Kentucky.
Spectra and Williams and FPL are currently in the
pre-filing process with FERC, Continue reading
Of course FPL and Spectra don’t want FERC to look at fracking,
but nothing in FERC’s own rules says it can’t,
and a recent court case might be a precedent to get it to do so.
Maybe Audubon Florida is discovering trying to tinker with pipeline routes
is like signing up for the 1885 Berlin Conference that divided Africa
by drawing lines on a map.
Sierra Club Florida, Georgia, and Alabama already understand the only
appropriate route for that fracked methane boondoggle is no route,
with new power from the sun.
I’ve added a few links to these quotes from what
Susan Salisbury wrote for the Palm Beach Post 5 May 2014,
Fracking not an issue with pipeline for FPL’s plants, firms say, Continue reading
Would this U.S. Court of Appeals ruling mean FERC needs to
consider the cumulative effects of the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline
on the same properties as the existing SONAT pipeline?
And what about those
LNG export authorizations FERC has repeatedly
claimed it knows nothing about?
And how can FERC justify that project at all, given that
solar power is faster, cheaper, and far less environmentally damaging?
Katie Colaneri wrote for NPR 6 June 2014,
Court rules federal regulators must consider cumulative impacts of pipeline project,
Regulators violated federal law by not considering the cumulative
environmental impacts of multiple upgrades to a natural gas pipeline
that runs from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, a
federal appeals court
said on Friday.
Three environmental groups argued the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC) should not have been allowed to conduct an
environmental review for one expansion project on the Tennessee Gas
Pipeline without considering three other proposed upgrades on the
The U.S. Court of Appeals agreed.
The judges ruled that FERC failed “to include any meaningful
analysis of the cumulative impacts of the upgrade projects.”
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Almost $1 million PHMSA fine to Williams Transco for
safety regulation violations that let corrosion continue
until a pipeline exploded near Appomattox, Virginia in 2008,
taking out two homes and injuring five people, with local and state governments
footing the bill as usual for the pipeline company failure.
Yet Transco let much the same thing happen again
in 2011 in Marengo
County, Virginia, after which even PHMSA said
“Transco has a history of cathodic protection [corrosion] concerns on other segments.”
The Lynchburg News & Advance wrote 11 August 2009,
Company fined in Appomattox pipeline explosion, Continue reading
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
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
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
Filed with FERC
21 April 2014. -jsq
April 19, 2014
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426
RE: Sabal Trail Project: Docket No.PF14-1-000
Florida SE Connection Project: Docket No.PF14-2-000
Hillabee Expansion Project: Docket No. PF14-6-000