Nova Scotia is banning fracking. Onshore, but not offshore,
and not pipelines.
But at least the Nova Scotia government listened to environmentalists,
the grassroots, and rural people about that much.
Will our local and state governments listen about the Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline?
Bruce Erskine wrote for The Herald Business 3 September 2014,
Nova Scotia to ban fracking, Continue reading Nova Scotia to ban fracking
Another neighborhood in Dougherty County discovers it doesn’t like
the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline, including because it would further
endanger the already threatened Flint River.
Sharon Wiggins wrote for WALB 19 August 2014,
Dougherty County residents speak out against proposed pipeline,
Members of the Radium Springs community met Tuesday night to express
their concerns about the proposed route of the Sabal pipeline
project. The nearly 500 mile pipeline begins in Alabama, stretches
through Georgia and ends in Florida. Those against it are concerned
about the human, economic and environmental impacts it could have.
“We know that the Flint River is one of the 10 most endangered
rivers in the United States,” said Gloria Gaines, Former
Dougherty County Commissioner.”They’re concerned about the
impacts that it could have on the ability to farm, to hunt, to fish,
Continue reading Radium Springs against Sabal Trail pipeline in Dougherty County
Especially about that Hillabee route.
Filed with FERC
Senator Bob Graham
United States Senate
GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA
July 21, 2014
Mr. Philip D. _Moeller
Federal Energy_Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20426
RE: Sabal Pipeline PF14—1
Dear Commissioner Moeller, Continue reading Answer the questions you promised –Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham to FERC
Princeton, New Jersey, resolved to ask FERC to reject Williams Transco’s
current plan for a 42-inch pipeline.
This week, U.S. Congress and Senate members from New Jersey
asked FERC to “review all safety issues”.
This is all partly because a Transco contractor was involved in
an explosion in March.
Spectra was the “probable cause” of the 1994 Durham Woods, NJ pipeline
explosion and fire,
according to NTSB.
Seems like time for some town around here to ask FERC to reject
the Sabal Trail pipeline, and for Congressmen and Senators to join in.
Contractor being sued for Ewing explosion to build Transco pipeline in Princeton, Montgomery,
By Nicole Mulvaney/The Times of Trenton, Continue reading Princeton asks FERC to reject, Congressmen and Senators ask for safety review
LNG export to Canada or Mexico with almost no permitting
and no environmental review of anything but the part that
crosses the border. That’s H.R. 3301, just passed by the
U.S. House of Representatves, but not yet taken up by
the Senate, and already the presdent’s administration “strongly opposes” it;
so strongly his advisors recommend vetoing it.
Apparently H.R. 6 for blanket export to all WTO countries isn’t
likely to pass, so fracked methane pushers are trying a similar
approach for fewer countries.
Get it across the nearest borders, and then export to other countries?
Previously listening Sanford Bishop (GA-02 Albany) voted for both bills
in the full House.
H.R. 3301 – North American Energy Infrastructure Act
113th Congress (2013-2014)
North American Energy Infrastructure Act—(Sec. 3) Prohibits
any person from constructing, connecting, operating, or maintaining
a cross-border segment of an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric
transmission facility at the national boundary of the United States
for the import or export of oil, natural gas, or electricity to or
from Canada or Mexico without obtaining a certificate of crossing
under this Act.
Requires the Secretary of State, Continue reading Another speed-permit LNG export bill: H.R. 3301
FWW has been on the case against H.R. 6 that would authorize
LNG exports to all WTO member countries since that bill passed the subcommittee
in early April,
it passed the main committee April 30th.
Food & Water Watch press release 9 April 2014,
House Subcommittee’s Approval of LNG Exports Means More Money for Big Oil and Gas, More Fracking In U.S. Communities:
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director, Wenonah Hauter,
Washington, D.C. — “On Wednesday, the U.S. House’s
Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power
voted in favor of a bill to export liquefied natural gas (LNG)
abroad under the guise of aiding Ukraine. But this bill, H.R.6,
would only serve to increase profits for the oil and gas industry,
greatly accelerating fracking here at home, endangering American
communities, public health and the climate. We strongly recommend
that both houses of Congress reject any and all plans to export LNG
“Selling LNG abroad will drive up the industry’s profit
margins, ultimately increasing gas prices here in the U.S.. Ramping
up fracking in the U.S., Continue reading Food and Water Watch against LNG exports
Unless somebody dies or is injured, it’s not a reportable incident,
says the federal agency in charge of investigating fracked methane pipeline
PHMSA finally deputized a state Oregon safety organization after three months
of leaks from a pipeline
owned by Williams Company, also owner of Transco, the first pipeline
in the Transco -> Sabal Trail -> FSC chain to the sea through Alabama
and Georgia to LNG export from Florida.
Lynne Terry reported for Oregon Live 10 January 2014,
Safety switch triggers natural gas leak on Sauvie Island,
Williams spokesman Tom Droege said gas spewed into the air in a
controlled manner for about 70 minutes. He said Williams personnel
switched the gas flow to a secondary line. The station is now
Gas service was not interrupted during the leak and no one was
injured, Droege said.
The company apologized for inconvenience to residents. Households
were evacuated and the bridge was closed in response to the leak.
Three months later, Continue reading PHMSA deputized Oregon PUC to investigate three-month Williams Co. methane leak
Should we let Congress authorize blanket LNG export to 159 WTO member
countries, including China and Ukraine,
so fossil fuel companies can profit by taking our lands
to pipe fracked methane to Florida?
If not, it’s time to call your House member.
After approval by its Subcommittee on Energy and Power, which is the oversight committee for both FERC and the U.S. DoE’s Office of Fossil Fuels,
both of which can authorize LNG export, the
U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee voted yesterday to send
to the full House of Representatives
H.R. 6, “A BILL
To provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas to World Trade Organization countries, and for other purposes.”
That bill would add to
Section 3(c) of the Natural Gas Act ( 15 U.S.C. 717b(c) ), Continue reading FERC and FE oversight committee approved LNG export legislation for non-FTA countries
Sierra Club has
a petition to stop Congressional fast-track for the
Trans-Pacific Parternership (TPP),
and that will probably stop the TPP, because in regular Congressional
hearings the parts that have been kept secret would get exposed,
which would make TPP very hard to approve.
Look at what Wikileaks found in
the TPP environment chapter,
the intellectual property chapter.
The U.S. is apparently lobbying for criminal offenses for even unintentional
infringements of “copyright, related rights and trademarks”
Yet there are no criminal sanctions for destroying our environment,
and the draft TPP text even points out:
On the other hand, WTO rules do allow members to derogate from their
obligations in some cases, for instance where a measure is aimed at the
conservation of natural resources, provided certain conditions are met.
Do we want corporate profit to override our clean water and air
and native plants and animals, not to mention our property rights?
Here’s the Sierra Club petition:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could leave a big fracking mess!
The TPP is being pushed by Continue reading Sierra Club petition against TPP