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
Two weeks for all the
rushing to make the
20 November 2015 final EIS notice date,
for a final decision 18 February 2016.
The Draft EIS released Friday 4 September 2015
is very long, but the most basic question is very short:
why is FERC rushing to rubberstamp the unnecessary,
destructive, and hazardous Sabal Trail pipeline and its fracked methane siblings Hillabee Transco and FSC
when there’s neither need nor public benefit?
The Sunshine State should go
straight to solar power.
If you don’t want any of these pipelines,
you can send in your comments both
to FERC and to state and local agencies and
and show up at
these FERC meetings to protest.
You can also still file
a motion to intervene with FERC.
And don’t forget to
call Georgia Gov. Deal.
Filed with FERC 4 September 2015 as
Accession Number: 20150904-3011,
“Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Southeast Market Pipelines Project re Florida Southeast Connection, LLC et al under CP14-554 et al.” Continue reading FERC meetings for Draft Environmental Impact Statement 28 Sep 2015 – 8 Oct 2015
FERC had been saying no LNG export, yet the pipeline partners said a year ago
in their Open Season: “as well as deliveries to Cove Point LNG”.
NextEra, co-owner of Sabal Trail Transmission,
is one of the Mountain Valley Pipeline partners.
Sabal Trail and FERC have told us Sabal Trail is not for LNG export,
yet they never told us about an already-approved LNG export license
right where the Sabal Trail pipeline chain goes in Florida.
Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times, 25 June 2015,
Mountain Valley Pipeline partner says operation could be used for exports,
A partner in the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline confirmed
this week that natural gas transported by the pipeline could be one
supply source for liquefied natural gas bound for India.
The news comes after Paul Friedman, a project manager for the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, repeatedly — and
publicly — dismissed concerns last month from pipeline
opponents that natural gas transported through the pipeline would be
WGL Midstream has a Continue reading A pipeline partner admits LNG export is possible
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 Port Dolphin LNG import to Florida from Louisiana and Texas?
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
in a single Continue reading A flood of motions to intervene filed: still two days to go to Sabal Trail deadline
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….
Continue reading FERC filing deadline 24 December 2014 –VDT
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
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 Florida Gas Transmission intervenes in Sabal Trail CP15-17
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 Miami Herald notices FPL wants ratepayers to pay to frack Oklahoma
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 Ecomment to FERC by Nov 15th