Update 10 April 2016: And Moultrie, GA April 15th.
Trying to attract local support in counties where it wants compressor stations,
Sabal Trail is holding Contractor Fairs,
Look in the dictionary under chutzpah (insolence), and you’ll see Sabal Trail’s picture.
Two years ago in Gilchrist County, FL,
Sabal Trail admitted Continue reading Sabal Trail Contractor Fairs: Ocala, Live Oak, Albany
The financial press amusingly tries to spin Kinder Morgan’s
suspension yesterday of its Palmetto petroleum products pipeline as a positive.
Meanwhile, Sabal Trail still needs stopping even after
the historic win in the Georgia legislature,
and remember KMI is in bed with Sabal Trail on
on the Jacksonville Expansion Project (JEP) from Suwannee County, FL to Jacksonville,
FERC Docket No. CP15-144.
Matthew DiLallo, Motley Fool, 31 March 2016,
Kinder Morgan Inc. Presses Pause on the Palmetto Pipeline Project:
The Palmetto Pipeline is halted due to eminent domain dispute.,
The Palmetto Pipeline project was initially Continue reading Cost to KMI of Palmetto Pipeline Suspension and other pipeline opposition
Reciting from the standard pipeline playbook, Spectra has started suing landowners.
This while doughty rebels
defeated 34 aye to 128 nay easements to drill under Georgia rivers,
which could put a crimp in the Sabal “Sinkhole” Trail fracked methane boondoggle.
Can we the people beat the Mickey Mouse fossil fuel empire?
Paul Brinkmann, Orlando Sentinel, 22 March 2016,
Sabal Pipeline project files 160 eminent domain lawsuits,
The pipeline company insists that it already has federal and court
authority to seize the property under the Natural Gas Act. Sabal
claims its project must be under construction by June 21 and in
service, by May 1, 2017.
Sabal Trail pipeline
According to maps provided by the utilities, the Sabal pipeline
would come through the Four Corners area of northwestern Osceola
County, dip south of Walt Disney World property, cross Interstate 4
near Celebration and connect with a hub of pipelines just west of
Reunion Resort Golf Course.
The Greenpointe property is one of the biggest Continue reading The Empire Strikes Back: Spectra sues FL,GA,AL landowners
The pipeline companies want rehearings, apparently because they don’t like the restrictions the
FERC order put on them, so maybe we’ll actually see a rehearing.
The other four rehearing requests all don’t like what FERC certified Sabal Trail to do,
and some have new reasons beyond what was in the FEIS or the docket beforehand.
Poor FERC! Nobody likes your Order!
How about stop permitting new fossil fuel projects and promote renewable sun and wind power instead?
The six requests for rehearings, including one by Transco and one by Sabal Trail, all conveniently grouped by FERC in a subdocket at the end of the results if you search for CP15-17 in
Docket Search: Continue reading Six rehearing requests to FERC, including from Sabal Trail and Transco
Sabal Trail is back on the agenda for the Hamilton County, Florida
Commissioners tomorrow evening.
Please go if you’re in the area.
When: 6PM Tuesday
March 15th 2016
Room 112, Courthouse,
207 Northeast First St.
Strom can ramp up its LNG export to the Gulf from Crystal River an order of magnitude with its initial units,
and then add more units, all without any further approval by anybody, says this Order from the U.S. DoE Office of Fossil Energy,
which also appears to permit bomb trains shipping LNG anywhere in Florida,
or maybe even other states, with some of the fracked methane probably coming from Sabal Trail if built.
This FE Order was issued 21 October 2014, one month to the day before
Sabal Trail filed in the FERC formal process in
21 November 2014.
Yet not a word was said about Strom or any other LNG export by FERC or Sabal Trail in any of the FERC Scoping Meetings I went to,
I pointed out at the one 1 October 2015 in Lake City, Florida.
FE is even more a rubberstamp regulatory-captured lapdog of the fossil fuel industry than is FERC, and Strom is setting up to require no further approvals by them or anybody else: Continue reading Strom Crystal River LNG export approval 2014-10-21
In a letter Sabal Trail sent to multiple Florida county commissions,
the most important point is “We… are on track to place the pipeline in-service by May 1, 2017.”
Important to Spectra Energy, because if they slip that date they could forfeit a $200 million bond and possibly the contract for the project, and they’re having some problems with that, since despite what they imply they do not have all the permits they need.
Then there are those glossed over in passing, such as
“with certain conditions” and Continue reading Sabal Trail wants to proceed
In April 2014 the Groveland, Florida City Council unanimously
voted to ask FERC
to move the Sabal Trail pipeline off of private property
and the Green Swamp and onto Florida state lands.
The vote is recorded in their
minutes of April 21, 2014:
Resolution 2014-04-06: Sabal Trail Transmission Line
Motion to approve
Vice Mayor James Smith,
Council Member John Griffin.
Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary:
Yes = 5).
The text of the resolution is in their
agenda packet: Continue reading Resolution against Sabal Trail pipeline –Groveland, FL 2014-04-21
Sue Avera reports from Lake County, Florida:
My name is Sue Avera I have a property in Groveland Fl. I board,
train, breed. sell, show, horses and I also coach my clients at
equine competitions. I have been here for 19 yrs doing business from
this property and was at my former address in this business for 21
yrs. Sabal Trails is putting pipleine through my east 6 acres. It
will go right down the middle of the property, rendering it useless
until they leave. this is 1/3 of my work space. It will also take
down a 150+ Oak Hammock that is my only shade on that 6 acres. I am
not going to be able to safely even continue my work without renting
a barn and arena so that I can keep my clients.
This is the oak grove: Continue reading Sabal Trail wants to plow through oak grove and horse pasture in Lake County
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Live Oak, February 10, 2016 — The date has been set to go see
where Spectra Energy of Houston Texas has been permitted by the
Federal Energy Regulatory (FERC) in Washington, DC to drill under
the Suwannee River for its Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline
despite widespread local opposition. The Suwannee Board of County
Commissioners already voted a resolution to move Sabal Trail’s
compressor station. Still mulling stronger action, the SBOCC agreed
at a recent meeting to go with local guides, including WWALS Watershed Coalition board member Chris Mericle, on a hike with the
public to where FERC said construction monitoring was important for
the river and our drinking water in the Floridan Aquifer, but Sabal
Trail should be left to self-monitor. The day and time have been
set: 8:15 AM Thursday February 18, 2016.
All interested individuals will meet at: Continue reading Suwannee County Commissioners and public to hike to Sabal Trail Suwannee River Crossing