Transco’s formal FERC filing of 18 November 2014
isn’t online and the visible “supplement” is
almost entirely privileged and hidden from the public,
with no new maps or any other new information visible to the public.
Why? Because Transco’s ability to compete is more important to FERC
than the public’s right to know what this invader from Houston
wants to do to local lands:
“These hydraulic flow model files models are proprietary and
include competitively sensitive data regarding Transco’s market-area
system design and flow conditions, disclosure of which to Transco’s
competitors could cause substantial harm to Transco’s continuing
ability to compete for new markets and firm transportation
So, as predicted,
Transco has filed, and PF14-6 is of no further use,
replaced by Docket number CP15-16.
Accession Number: 20141119-5018,
“Supplement to November 18, 2014 Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC application for a CP&N [Hillabee Expansion Project – Hydraulic Flow Model Files] under CP15-16.” is quoted below,
Accession Number: 20141119-5019
has twelve (12) PDF files all marked “PRIVILEGED – Transco ? Hillabee Expansion Project ? Supplemental Information”.
Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC
Continue reading Williams Company formal filing CP15-16 for Hillabee Expansion Project
Due to local opposition to an unnecessary fracked methane pipeline,
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made Sabal Trail
(FPL and Spectra Energy) produce four new route alternatives,
and FERC set a deadline of November 15th for comments on them.
Here’s how to send your ecomments to FERC before then: Continue reading Ecomment to FERC by Nov 15th
Sabal Trail’s source of fracked methane plans to file with FERC real soon now.
Williams Company’s Transco Hillabee Expansion Project
doesn’t admit it’s late like Sabal Trail,
nor mention that it already blew up in 2011.
Nor that the same Williams spokesperson is pushing the
Atlantic Sunrise project that would feed fracked Marcellus shale gas
to Transco for Sabal Trail and on to three already-approved LNG export
operations in Florida.
Mitch Sneed wrote for Alexander City Outloook 18 October 2014,
Natural gas pipeline plans moving forward, Continue reading Transco plans FERC filing “in the next month or so”
donate to SpectraBusters to
help stop the unnecessary, environmentally damaging,
and hazardous Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline,
and its siblings Transco Hillabee and FSC, too.
help pay for contacting landowners
(so they’ll hear something more than pipeline company PR),
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and other work, ranging from research possibly up to legal assistance.
Donate online today!
And don’t forget
to send an ecomment to FERC.
ecomment to FERC today or tomorrow for the Oct 11th
Global Frackdown event by
Food & Water Watch.
Easiest way is to use
FERC’s ecomment system:
here’s how to do that.
for FERC postal address, telephone number, and email address.
And you can call your newspaper or radio or TV station and recommend they
publish the SpectraBusters op-ed,
It don’t pass the smell test: FPL’s extra natural gas pipeline.
FPL wants federal eminent domain to gouge a hundred-foot right of
way for a yard-wide fracked methane pipeline through Alabama,
Georgia, and Florida, claiming Florida needs new power. That don’t
pass the smell test.
Or encourage reporters to write a story about it.
Or write your own letter to the editor or op-ed or rant and rave
or call in to your local radio station.
You can also Continue reading Comment to FERC for the Global Frackdown
FERC’s scoping meetings seem just as much a farce
at the other end of Williams’ Transco pipeline from
the Hillabee Expansion (PF14-6) that would feed Spectra’s Sabal Trail (PF14-1),
Williams is pushing its
Atlantic Sunrise Project
to suck up more Marcellus Shale fracked methane from Pennsylvania
and ship it down here to Alabama, Georgia, and Florida and out through LNG export.
Activists up there videoed several Pennsylvania Scoping Meetings,
so you can see the show for yourself.
Don’t believe me that Atlantic Sunrise is to feed Sabal Trail; believe
Housley Carr in Oil & Gas Financial Journal 17 january 1014,
MIAMI 2017 – MARCELLUS GAS HEADING TO FLORIDA, Continue reading Williams Atlantic Sunrise to feed fracked methane to Sabal Trail: Videos of Scoping Meetings
Spectra, FPL, and Williams have not even formally filed with
FERC for pipeline permits yet, and that process usually takes about a year.
Permitting confusion benefits Spectra about its
Sabal Trail Transmission 36-inch hundred-foot-right-of-way
fracked methane pipeline, because people don’t know what they can do.
You can file ecomments right now, and show up and protest.
As soon as the pipeline company
files for the formal permit process, you can file as an
which gives you legal rights to be heard, file legal briefs,
and to appeal.
state and local permits also have to be filed,
and people can participate in those processes.
Even if there ever is a FERC permit, a landowner who makes
the pipeline company actually go through the eminent domain
process will very likely get a better deal.
If enough landowners say
Come and Take It,
the whole thing may become uneconomical for Spectra,
as for Williams Company when it
cancelled the Bluegrass Pipeline in Kentucky.
Spectra and Williams and FPL are currently in the
pre-filing process with FERC, Continue reading Timeline: Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline has no permit yet
Of course FPL and Spectra don’t want FERC to look at fracking,
but nothing in FERC’s own rules says it can’t,
and a recent court case might be a precedent to get it to do so.
Maybe Audubon Florida is discovering trying to tinker with pipeline routes
is like signing up for the 1885 Berlin Conference that divided Africa
by drawing lines on a map.
Sierra Club Florida, Georgia, and Alabama already understand the only
appropriate route for that fracked methane boondoggle is no route,
with new power from the sun.
I’ve added a few links to these quotes from what
Susan Salisbury wrote for the Palm Beach Post 5 May 2014,
Fracking not an issue with pipeline for FPL’s plants, firms say, Continue reading Sabal Trail and FSC want FERC to avoid considering fracking
Would this U.S. Court of Appeals ruling mean FERC needs to
consider the cumulative effects of the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline
on the same properties as the existing SONAT pipeline?
And what about those
LNG export authorizations FERC has repeatedly
claimed it knows nothing about?
And how can FERC justify that project at all, given that
solar power is faster, cheaper, and far less environmentally damaging?
Katie Colaneri wrote for NPR 6 June 2014,
Court rules federal regulators must consider cumulative impacts of pipeline project,
Regulators violated federal law by not considering the cumulative
environmental impacts of multiple upgrades to a natural gas pipeline
that runs from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, a
federal appeals court
said on Friday.
Three environmental groups argued the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC) should not have been allowed to conduct an
environmental review for one expansion project on the Tennessee Gas
Pipeline without considering three other proposed upgrades on the
The U.S. Court of Appeals agreed.
The judges ruled that FERC failed “to include any meaningful
analysis of the cumulative impacts of the upgrade projects.”
The judges also found Continue reading FERC has to consider cumulative pipeline effects
Food and Water Watch gets it that coal is only part of the fossil fuel problem:
Under the proposal, power plants, mainly coal-fired plants, would
have to reduce their carbon emissions. One way the electricity
companies would be allowed to do this is by switching from
coal-fired plants to gas-fired plants. The EPA still considers gas a
cleaner fuel than coal, because they don’t count the full life of
fracked gas. But we know that fracked gas can be as bad for the
climate as coal.
Here’s the FWW petition: Continue reading Fracked gas can be as bad for the climate as coal –FWW petition to EPA