SpectraBusters allies were just called out by fossil fuel industry publication OilPrice,
and by notorious financial blog Zerohedge,
as reasons why Sabal Trail may lose.
Irina Slav, OilPrice, 31 March 2016, Gas Pipeline Uses 160 Eminent Domain Suits To Get Property In 3 States, picked up by “Tyler Durden”, Zerohedge.com, 1 April 2016,
Eminent domain is a tough pill to swallow for Americans who take their property rights very seriously, and the aggressive moves by Sabal Trail to seize property for a natural gas pipeline running through three southern states is turning into a drama of immense proportions.
The rest is the best story I’ve seen about Continue reading SpectraBusters Allies cited as why Sabal Trail may fail
Yay Savannah Riverkeeper, Greenlaw, and Push Back the Pipeline!
Kinder Morgan go home to Houston: you can’t even sell your Palmetto Project.
And take Spectra’s Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline with you.
JoAnn Merrigan, WSAV3, 1 March 2016,
Judge says NO to Kinder Morgan appeal on Palmetto Pipeline,
The Savannah Riverkeeper says score one for property rights in
Georgia when it comes to the proposed Palmetto Pipeline and the
possible use of eminent domain.
A Fulton County Superior Court judge today ruled against Kinder
Morgan (the company planning the pipeline.)…
Now the Riverkeeper reports that “after months of deliberation
however, the judge has disagreed and that Tuesday’s decision spells
relief for Continue reading Judge denies KMI appeal for Palmetto Pipeline
If you’re a Houston fossil fuel company and you can’t get FERC approval fast enough, try FE, or MARAD!
If that doesn’t work, ship it by land through Canada or Mexico!
Local property rights, they laugh at those! Rio Grande, Suwannee River, or Hudson River: just minor obstacles to greed!
If the people are tired of profit being more important than their land, water, air, or safety, it’s time to stop this fossil fuel shell game.
MARAD Continue reading The LNG export shell game: FERC, FE, MARAD, or NEB?
Where does this KMI natural gas project start, and where would it connect to Sabal Trail?
Back in March 2015,
FERC gave Kinder Morgan docket CP15-144 for its Jacksonville Expansion Project, to ship “natural” gas from Suwannee County to Jacksonville, where Jaxport is gearing up for liquid natural gas (LNG) export.
KMI’s FERC application explicitly says Sabal Trail can connect if it wants to,
and it turns out Sabal Trail’s own Suwannee County map gives us the answer, once we interpret it: Continue reading Where in Suwannee County is the KMI JAX Expansion Project?
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
The world’s largest pipeline company ran away from a hint of public scrutiny,
like FERC changed its commission meeting date to try to avoid protesters.
Maybe… public opinion matters?
The pipeline companies are watching all the opposition.
And the opposition is shadowing all the pipeline companies.
Score one for the opposition!
Plus plenty of opportunities coming up for more concerted opposition
against any new fossil fuel tentacles through our countryside or under our rivers.
Mary Landers, Savannah Morning News, 16 September 2015,
Kinder Morgan cancels ‘spotlight’ on Elba operations, Continue reading Kinder Morgan bolts from emergency planning meeting in Savannah
Few taxes for “investors who receive fat yields” (such as Florida Gov. Rick Scott): that’s what Sabal Trail is for, as Spectra may be one of the bidders for Williams Company, of Transco and the Hillabee Expansion Project, where Sabal Trail aims to get its fracked methane.
Not any unproven “need” by Florida.
Not any nonexistant customers in Georgia.
Profit by a few fat cats headquartered in Houston, Texas,
plus Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
The end of this article is the bottom line (literally).
Mike Stone and Greg Roumeliotis, Reuters, 5 August 2015,
Exclusive: Energy Transfer advances in auction for Williams – sources,
Energy Transfer would be the latest MLP to propose using a
C-corporation as a way to maximize tax advantages, increase cash
flows and broaden institutional interest.
The sector had previously embraced the MLP structure because the tax
burden is passed through to investors who receive fat yields.
Because the partnership pays no taxes, it has a lower cost of
WMB was following the lead of Kinder Morgan, according to
Albert Alfonso, Seeking Alpha, 23 July 2015,
Energy Transfer Equity Enters The Auction For Williams, Continue reading Spectra a potential bidder for Williams Co. of Transco
Kinder Morgan opposition has escalated to
New Hampshire’s entire Congressional delegation
demanding in polite bureaucrateze for
the Department of Energy’s Inspector General to make FERC shape up.
It will take more than that, but it’s a start.
KMI’s New England Direct (NED) pipeline
is still in FERC pre-filing.
It’s time for more Georgia, Florida, and Alabama Congress members
to follow Sanford Bishop (GA-02) in
calling for FERC to deny Sabal Trail a permit.
Dougherty County and Albany, Georgia are organizing opposition from local through state to federal.
You can comment to GA-EPD about
Sabal Trail’s air quality permit for their proposed Albany compressor station.
And remember to
ecomment to FERC and petition Georgia
PDF of the New Hampshire letter, and text below. Continue reading Make FERC follow its own rules and listen to people –New Hampshire Congressional delegation to DoE Inspector General
Atlanta has heard about Sabal Trail, Palmetto Project, and several other
proposed pipeline projects three times now from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
It’s time to act.
Greg Bluestein, AJC,
Pipeline project fuels anger in Georgia,
Their proposal comes as pipeline projects — and controversy
surrounding them — pop up across Georgia. A 157-mile Sabal
Trail Pipeline that would cross nine southwest Georgia counties has
sparked outrage in Albany and Valdosta. And Atlanta Gas Light wants
to begin pumping gas from Coweta County
to Dalton by 2017.
But Kinder Morgan’s proposal has struck a throbbing nerve, in part
because of the length of the proposed pipeline — the 320-mile
route stretches by Augusta, Savannah and Jacksonville — and in
part because of the threat of eminent domain hanging over the
“Where do we draw the line? There are no reset buttons,”
Troy Davis, a local landowner, said at one of the town hall meetings
that Kinder Morgan called to calm fears about the project. “It
will be a Kroger, a CVS, a Burger King that comes to this community
and says, ‘Hey, we have a necessity for this.’ ”
That’s why the real solution is for the Georgia legislature
to revoke eminent domain for private companies.
But the legislature doesn’t meet until January,
and we need to stop these pipelines before then.
About Kinder Morgan trespassing 1.7 miles into land owned by Billy Morris,
who also owns the newspapers in Augusta and Savannah: Continue reading Third Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Sabal Trail and Palmetto Project