In a county already famous for sinkholes, the fire and police
department just had to move off of a sinkhole.
Sabal Trail wants to poke a yard-wide pipeline on a hundred-foot
right of way right through that area, and under rivers,
some of which already leak underground.
How about solar power for the Sunshine State instead?
11 July 2014,
Williston Has A New Sinkhole – UNDER the Police Dept. and Fire Station,
A new sinkhole in Williston, but it’s not forming just anywhere.
It’s underneath the police station and fire department. GTN’s Hailey
Holloway has more on the problem and what the city is trying to do
to prevent a disaster.
Heavy rain getting into the Florida soil is causing the building to
shift and crack and buckle.
“Unless by the grace of God it rains everywhere but Williston, we’re
going to have issues.”
The problems started Continue reading Williston fire and police station relocated due to sinkhole: Sabal Trail wants pipeline through there
A first: a county moves to intervene!
Hamilton County, Florida, which was also the first
to pass a resolution against the pipeline;
a resolution that was instrumental in getting Sabal Trail to move
off the Withlacoochee River in Florida.
All the other counties that have passed resolutions: you can also file motions to intervene.
Filed with FERC 18 December 2014,
Accession Number: 20141218-5333 as
“Motion to Intervene of Hamilton County, Florida Board of County Commissioners under CP15-17.”
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
Docket No. CP15-17-000
Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC
MOTION TO INTERVENE
COMES NOW Hamilton County, a political subdivision of the State of
Florida, identified in Section 7.24, Florida Statutes, by its Board
of County Commissioners (“Intervenor”), pursuant to
Rules 212 and 214 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”),
18 C.F.R. §§ 385.212 and 385.214, Section 15(a) of the Natural Gas
Act (15 U.S.C. § 717n), and moves to intervene as a party to this
proceeding. In support thereof, Intervenor shows as follows:
Continue reading Hamilton County, FL moves to intervene with FERC on Sabal Trail
Don’t believe FERC is funded by the industries it regulates?
Well, let’s look beyond FERC’s own About web page to its actual funding request to Congress.
Maybe that will motivate you to
ecomment to FERC right now,
and to contact your local, state, and national elected and appointed
Acting Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur, FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION,
FY 2015 Congressional Performance Budget Request,
Full Cost Recovery
The Commission recovers the full cost of its operations through
annual charges and filing fees assessed on the industries it
regulates as authorized by the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986. The Commission deposits
this revenue into the Treasury as a direct offset to its
appropriation, resulting in no net appropriation.
Clear enough that FERC is 100% funded by the industries it regulates?
That may seem like a win for the taxpayers.
But is it a win for you the local landowners Continue reading FERC recovers cost of operations through charges and fees from the industries it regulates –FERC FY14 Budget
On the same day, the Suwannee Democrat posted a fluff piece from a PR firm for Sabal Trail
actual reporting from the recent Open House in Jasper, FL
that gives some answers Sabal Trail did not.
They’re both well worth reading, the first for its absolute certainty
of safety, cleanliness, and no export, and the second for its actual
evidence of hazards, record of safety failures, and already-authorized LNG export operations.
Oh, and Ms. Grover admitting route changes (caused by objections)
blew her end-of-October filing date.
The second for opponents attempting to get answers from Sabal Trail
and having to get them from other protesters who have done the research
Sabal Trail denies can be done.
The “epitome of ignorance and greed” indeed.
Please go read. Continue reading Sabal Trail PR countered by actual information in the Suwannee Democrat
Not finding any news about other Open Houses,
I called FERC’s John Peconom, who said there were no others scheduled
of which he was aware.
He added that these Open Houses were organizd by Sabal Trail.
I pointed out that he was attending them for FERC, so presumably he would know
if there were any others.
He agreed that he would.
I thanked him for saving me a lot of time trying to find others.
So your two choices for Sabal Trail Open Houses this month are: Continue reading Only the two Open Houses in Albany and Jasper –John Peconom
A Sabal Trail Open House in
Albany, Dougherty County, GA Monday, then
Jasper, Hamilton County, FL Tuesday.
That’s the first two places in the route alternatives Sabal Trail just published.
Does that mean Trenton, Gilchrist County, FL Wednesday
and Kissimmee, Osceola County, FL Thursday?
There is no published Open House schedule on sabaltrailtransmission.com or ferc.gov,
so anybody who knows of more of these, let us know.
facebook event created today by Jen Maloney:
Sabal Trail “Open House”
Monday, October 20 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn Albany Hotel
101 S Front St, Albany, Georgia 31701
The picture is by Continue reading Sabal Trail in Albany, GA 2014-10-20
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 Sabal Trail Notice of EIS Intent and Route Alternatives
Sabal Trail invites the public to an Open House about a Withlacoochee Alternative
that would avoid the Withlacoochee River in Hamilton County, Florida.
Update 2014-10-15: SpectraBusters facebook event and Sabal Trail new route alternatives filing.
Maybe you’d like to ask them how about
avoiding the Withlacoochee River in
Lowndes County, Georgia?
Or about those
three already-authorized LNG export operations right where that pipeline leads.
How about why
all seven proposed paths would cross the Suwannee River
into Suwannee County, Florida?
How about asking them not to cross the Santa Fe River, the Suwannee River,
the Flint, or the Chattahoochee?
Hm, that might mean there’s no path for their pipeline….
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
5:00pm — 7:30pm
Florida Gateway Golf & Country Club
8055 U.S. Highway 129 South, Jasper, Florida 32052
Most of it’s the usual STT boilerplate, plus this: Continue reading Sabal Trail invites you to an Open House in Jasper, Florida
Would it or wouldn’t it cross the Withlacoochee River in Florida?
(It certainly would in Georgia by 4 out of 5 proposed paths.)
And Sabal Trail poo-poohed all four of Greenlaw’s suggested Alternatives,
but FERC could still require any one of them.
Here are Sabal Trail’s own maps of Greenlaw Alternatives 1-4:
Continue reading Sabal Trail Response to FERC directive of 26 August 2014
Lori McCraney of
Suwannee Alliance for Sustainable Growth wrote in the Suwannee Democrat 11 September 2014,
Guest commentary — Is the Sabal Trail pipeline necessary?
I am pleased that the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners has
a resolution challenging the location of the Sabal Trail
pipeline in the vicinity of the Withlacoochee River. Hamilton County
Chris Mericle did an excellent job of explaining the risks
of locating the pipeline in such fragile karst terrain. Sable Trails
quickly responded by saying that it will move the crossing to
the west, possibly crossing the Suwannee River somewhere near the
Suwannee River State Park.
The same problems still exist with
tunneling under the Withlacoochee
River in Lowndes County, Georgia and
tunneling under the Suwannee River
at two locations in Suwannee County. As
Mr. Mericle explained
about drilling under our rivers, “The horizontal directional
drilling could intersect spring conduits, affect spring well flows,
and ultimately river base flow. Grouting in this cavernous, Continue reading Is the Sabal Trail pipeline necessary? –Lori McCraney