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
FERC got around to
posting that online and sending an alert to ecomment subscribers today,
two weeks later.
You or your group can now file as an intervenor for FSC
under the new docket CP14-554-000.
Or you can ecomment under that docket.
Sabal Trail and Transco have not yet filed for formal permitting,
but Sabal Trail has repeatedly said it plans to do so 31 October 2014.
Here’s HTML of that
FERC’s General Search
find a large number of PDF and other files,
many marked “Availability: Privileged”, as in this pipeline or Sabal Trail
or Transco may
gouge through your back yard or under your river,
going right to
three already-authorized LNG export operations in Florida,
but you don’t get to see FPL’s rationalizations for why.
Maybe if those rationalizations were public, they’d
stink even more.
To get alerts on the formal filing, you’ll need to
log in (or register first)
with FERC and subscribe to docket CP14-554.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
Florida Southeast Connection, LLC
|| ||Docket No. CP14-554-000
NOTICE OF APPLICATION Continue reading
ecomment to FERC today or tomorrow for the Oct 11th
Global Frackdown event by
Food & Water Watch.
Easiest way is to use
FERC’s ecomment system:
here’s how to do that.
for FERC postal address, telephone number, and email address.
And you can call your newspaper or radio or TV station and recommend they
publish the SpectraBusters op-ed,
It don’t pass the smell test: FPL’s extra natural gas pipeline.
FPL wants federal eminent domain to gouge a hundred-foot right of
way for a yard-wide fracked methane pipeline through Alabama,
Georgia, and Florida, claiming Florida needs new power. That don’t
pass the smell test.
Or encourage reporters to write a story about it.
Or write your own letter to the editor or op-ed or rant and rave
or call in to your local radio station.
You can also Continue reading
FPL wants federal eminent domain to gouge a hundred-foot right of way
for a yard-wide fracked methane pipeline
through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida,
claiming Florida needs new power.
That don’t pass the smell test.
Nationwide electricity demand continues to decline,
as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reminded
the pipeline-permitting Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in April.
EPA asked FPL why it couldn’t implement
conservation, efficiency, compressed gas storage, or other energy sources.
FPL projected 13% electricity demand increase in its
2014 ten-year plan to the Florida Public Service Commission (FL PSC).
A third pipeline would be a 50% increase. Why?
Sabal Trail, the pipeline joint venture of FPL and Spectra Energy of Houston,
claims Duke Energy needs Continue reading
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