Who is Sabal Trail, anyway?
Counties resolving against Sabal Trail might want to make their resolutions against any new pipeline, since
there’s already another one proposed for Suwannee County (see
Sabal Trail owned and operated by….
Reviving a pipeline idea that failed in the Florida PSC in 2009, FPL
put out a request for proposals that was won by Sabal Trail in 2013.
Note the original proposed Sabal Trail path in the map below did not go through Georgia; why that changed is a long story apparently only known in full to Spectra, FPL, and Williams Co.
Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC was formed by Continue reading What companies are in Sabal Trail and related?
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
Natural gas is a bridge to nowhere, and Hawaii’s governor not only
rejects LNG imports, but also NextEra’s bid for its electric utility.
Can you read the writing on the wall now, NextEra and FPL?
Fossil fuels are done.
Solar power is the future here now.
Duane Shimogawa, Pacific Business News, 24 August 2015,
Gov. David Ige opposes Hawaii importing LNG, says state should focus on renewable energy, Continue reading No LNG and no NextEra for Hawaii: straight to renewable energy –Gov. Ige
Call the Georgia Governor, ecomment to FERC, and boycott Florida Tourism,
Albany and Dougherty County leaders ask.
Call Georgia Governor Nathan Deal today!
Remember to sign the petition Continue reading Call GA Gov. Deal, boycott Florida tourism, say Dougherty County leader
Texan and Floridan FERC-enabled
wants Colquitt County
cheap invasion route,
even though that threatens local
property rights, taxes,
while there’s no demonstrated
for the fracked methane nor any definitive plans even to sell it in Georgia,
so the Moultrie city government
opposes the pipeline
that it should at least be put on hold until local concerns
are adequately considered by FERC and GA-EPD.
So both of the counties (Dougherty and Colquitt)
and both of their county seats (Albany and Moultrie)
named by Sabal Trail as needing gas through MGAG
have passed resolutions saying they don’t want the
pipeline at all, along with
Terrell County, Brooks County, Lowndes County, and Valdosta, Georgia,
plus Hamilton County, Florida.
Filed with FERC 6 May 2015 as
Accession Number: 20150506-0008,
“City of Moultrie, Georgia submits a Resolution re the Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC Natural Gas Pipeline etc under PF14-1.” Continue reading At least put Sabal Trail on hold –Moultrie resolution
Please sign this petition to
Please Ban The Sabal Trail Fracked Gas Pipeline.
Congratulations again to Push Back the Pipeline for convincing
GA Gov. Deal and Lt. Gov. Cagle to oppose Kinder Morgan’s Palmetto Project
the Georgia Dept. of Transportation to deny KMI a permit.
Now it’s time for the same for the Sabal Trail Pipeline.
The permitting process is different,
but opposition from the state of Georgia could stop this invader, too. Continue reading Petition Georgia Governor Nathan Deal: Oppose Sabal Trail like you oppose the Palmetto Pipeline
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fort White, Florida — Maximizing her speaking skills, Laura
Dailey resigned from the SpectraBusters Board to be unanimously
appointed Director of Community Outreach & Speaker’s Bureau, with
first stop speaking against the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline
and for solar power in Tallahassee Wednesday March 18th at the
Floridians for Clean Water & Amendment 1 Rally in Tallahassee.
Laura Dailey said, “Who here loves to paddle our rivers and hike our
scenic trails? WE are the stewards of these wonders, and we stand
dangerously close to losing them to a company from Houston, Texas. A
company woefully undereducated about our pristine landscape, and
fragile Karst terrain, and who, until they came here, had no idea
that our springs heartland is the single largest source of fresh
spring water on earth!”
Remembering her excellent questions at the Continue reading PR: SpectraBusters sends Outreach against Sabal Trail pipeline and for solar power to Rally in Tallahassee
Still more evidence that new natural gas pipelines are an unneeded boondoggle.
Kathryn R. Eiseman, Commonwealth Magazine, 20 January 2015,
New gas pipelines can be avoided:
Back-up fuel incentives are the way to go,
LAST WINTER’S NATURAL gas price spikes, and resultant electric rate
hikes, continue to be used to justify the push for massive expansion
of gas infrastructure. Yet a successful program to incentivize New
England’s power generators to contract for back-up fuel for this
winter undermines the argument for more pipelines. This winter’s
lower wholesale gas and electric prices indicate that the rate hikes
themselves could have been avoided had such measures been more fully
implemented for the 2013-2014 winter.
Measures like contracting to buy gas from peak load plants that sometimes sat idle last winter.
And measures like storing gas when it’s cheap to use in the winter.
In fact, ISO-NE intentionally excluded LNG storage incentives from
last winter’s winter reliability program,
telling the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
that gas-market-related solutions “would
lower gas prices and send the wrong signal about the relative
scarcity of natural gas. These lower prices would also be reflected
in the electricity market.” In other words, allowing prices to
rise would help convince the public Continue reading New England doesn’t need more gas pipelines: stockpile instead
EPA regulations are not just for coal anymore, emphasizing that fracked methane pipelines are not the answer:
how about we go straight to sun and wind power?
Today we’ll see how serious president Obama is about methane emissions.
Meanwhile, there’s already
an opportunity to comment on an EPA methane rule proposed in December.
Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, 13 January 2015,
Barack Obama moves to cut methane emissions by almost half:
Environmental Protection Agency will cut oil and gas industry methane emissions as president seeks to bolster climate legacy,
The new methane rules “ which will be formally unveiled on
Wednesday—are the last big chance for Obama to fight climate
The Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to cut methane
emissions by up to 45% from 2012 levels by 2025, White House
officials told campaigners during a briefing call.
But it was not clear whether the new rules would apply to existing
oil and gas installations, in addition to future sources of carbon
pollution, which could Continue reading Obama to move to cut methane emissions
There’s still time to comment on one methane rule proposed by the EPA,
which was partly prompted by outside comment to start with.
So far, the only comments are by fossil fuel industry consortiums.
Why should they have all the fun?
Here’s how to post your own comments.
And there may be
another rule announced today.
Posted by the EPA, 9 December 2014,
Greenhouse Gas Reporting: 2015 Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems,
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing revisions and
confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas
systems source category of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. In
particular, the EPA is proposing to add calculation methods and
reporting requirements for greenhouse gas emissions from gathering
and boosting facilities, completions and workovers of oil wells with
hydraulic fracturing, and blowdowns of natural gas transmission
pipelines between compressor stations. The EPA is also proposing
well identification reporting requirements to improve the EPA’s
ability to verify reported data and enhance transparency. This
action also proposes confidentiality determinations for new data
elements contained in these proposed amendments.
Pipelines between compressor stations would affect
the compressor stations proposed for the Sabal Trail pipeline.
The proposed rule also spells out in numerous places that
it’s about distribution pipelines, too.
And the proposed rule was partly motivated by requests from
concerned parties: Continue reading EPA natural gas greenhouse gas reporting proposed rule 2014-12-09