How does Spectra’s northern cold snap excuse for fracked gas
apply to Florida, the target for the Sabal Trail, Hillabee,
and Florida Southeast Connection methane pipelines?
And if Spectra CEO Greg Ebel gets his wish to export gas,
T. Boone Pickens already explained will drive up domestic prices,
how will higher gas prices help northern cities?
Maybe Spectra’s pipelines aren’t for warming up cold houses;
maybe they’re for corporate profit
at the expense of landowners, taxpayers, ratepayers, and all
those “natural” gas bus riders who will be surprised when
their fares go up.
Maybe we should stop the Sabal Trail pipeline and see if the
fracking house of cards falls apart.
Jonathan Fahey wrote for AP 10 March 2014,
Natural gas industry struggles to keep promises,
There’s plenty of natural gas in the ground, everyone seems to
agree. But the harsh weather this winter shows there are obstacles
to producing it, and more pipelines have to be built.
The bitter temperatures boosted demand for natural gas to heat homes
and businesses. But wells in some places literally froze, making it
difficult for some drillers to keep gas flowing. And the high demand
clogged pipelines, so even when there was enough production, the gas
couldn’t get where it needed to go.
Shortages cropped up, and prices in some places soared to record
levels. Californians and Texans were asked to reduce their power
consumption because utilities were running low on gas to run power
plants. Montana State University in Billings had to cancel classes
for a day because of a natural gas shortage.
amplified that chilly northern point for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
11 March 2014:
Prices in New England briefly spiked to record levels. Californians
were asked to reduce their power consumption because utilities were
running low on gas to run power plants.
If the problem is cold weather in the north,
why does Spectra want to build a pipeline to sunny Florida?
Curiously, the Star-Telegram omitted this point from the AP story;
I’ve emphasized the redacted point: Continue reading Spectra CEO Greg Ebel excuses for lack of methane pipeline delivery