Strom can ramp up its LNG export to the Gulf from Crystal River an order of magnitude with its initial units,
and then add more units, all without any further approval by anybody, says this Order from the U.S. DoE Office of Fossil Energy,
which also appears to permit bomb trains shipping LNG anywhere in Florida,
or maybe even other states, with some of the fracked methane probably coming from Sabal Trail if built.
This FE Order was issued 21 October 2014, one month to the day before
Sabal Trail filed in the FERC formal process in
21 November 2014.
Yet not a word was said about Strom or any other LNG export by FERC or Sabal Trail in any of the FERC Scoping Meetings I went to,
I pointed out at the one 1 October 2015 in Lake City, Florida.
FE is even more a rubberstamp regulatory-captured lapdog of the fossil fuel industry than is FERC, and Strom is setting up to require no further approvals by them or anybody else: Continue reading Strom Crystal River LNG export approval 2014-10-21
Property rights, environment, or safety?
14% pipeline company profit is more important! said FERC.
But this fight is not over.
Without ever appearing on FERC’s public calendar, and a month in advance of when FERC previously said, FERC yesterday issued certificates for Sabal Trail, the Transco Hillabee Expansion Project, and Florida Southeast Connection.
Trial-style evidentiary hearing?
Nope, FERC believes Sabal Trail.
Consolidation of the three dockets into one?
Nope, everybody should have opposed all three, says FERC.
Hey, demographics don’t matter, pipeline siting is
all about engineering and “environmental” issues.
And profit. Don’t forget profit for the pipeline companies.
Nevermind, Continue reading We will accept Sabal Trail’s answers –FERC issues certificates
First the good news:
a Pennsylvania pipeline protester had all charges dismissed for videoing license plates at a pipeline construction site.
All of those plates were from out of state: so much for pipeline company promises of local construction jobs.
Much else going on in Pennsylvania sounds very familiar.
Tom Knapp, LancasterOnline, 13 November 2015,
Pipeline protester not guilty of disorderly conduct for filming at construction site,
Mark Clatterbuck, a Martic Township resident and professor of
religion at Montclair State University in New Jersey, was issued a
summons by state police after videotaping out-of-state license
plates of subcontractors working at the Williams Gas pipeline
The incident occurred Continue reading Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Penn. same problems as Sabal Trail
Below you will find an excerpt of Strom, Inc. DOE Application # 15-78-LNG submitted May 2015, section V, describing the public interests of processing LNG, transporting via train and/or truck 90 miles along the pristine west coast of Florida for exporting to other, countries this includes non-FTA countries. Are these people not aware of Solar Energy and other clean energy alternatives which would well serve the countries they propose to export greenhouse emitting, water destructive and air polluting fracked gas to? You know they are. But DOE/FE policy gives LNG facilities the right to negotiate their own trade agreements and determine the environmental effects in the name of promoting competition in the dying, subsidized fossil fuel industry. As for the 100’s of jobs Strom says will be created in this application, if the Florida government and utility monopoly were removed (as it is in all but 4 states), via solar choice, there would be 1000’s of jobs created in the solar industry alone!
It is obvious that this endeavor is “all about the money” for an industry that has seen it’s time and needs to fold or adapt. As well as the invested politicians ‘on the dole’. The fracking industry is operating in debt – in the ‘red’ – and guess who will be left with the losses economically, environmentally and socially.
Strom’s DOE application for their multiple operations are still open for comments via DOE online here:
https://fossil.energy.gov/app/docketindex/docket?11&00-00-ZZ. The last day to comment is Feb 12, 2016.
Below here is Strom’s argument for public need/benefits from their application to DOE.
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?
A local citizen asks her County Commission to represent its citizens,
not a pipeline company from somewhere else,
in an op-ed in the Suwannee County newspaper today.
Lori McCraney, Suwannee Democrat, 24 December 2015,
Opinion: Suwannee County commissioners lack resolve against Sabal Trail,
Proponents have touted the safety of the Sabal Trail pipeline. This
belies the fact that Spectra Energy, the parent of Sabal Trail, has
one of the worst safety records in the industry. See
to numerous articles regarding Spectra’s safety record.
Alan Lambeth, director of engineering design for
Spectra Energy, Sabal Trail will use the thinnest pipe allowed Continue reading The fracked methane bridge isn’t short enough or safe enough: go renewable energy –Lori McCraney in Suwannee Democrat
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
Thanks to Bill McKibben and everyone else who made that pipeline an international cause.
Now let’s stop
Spectra’s Sabal “Sinkhole” Trail and keep
Kinder Morgan’s Palmetto pipeline denied.
And let’s stop the
Trans-Pacific Parternership (TPP) before it can produce more “free trade” countries for LNG export.
Coral Davenport, New York Times, 6 November 2015,
Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline,
President Obama’s denial of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, which
would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum
from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast, comes as he is
seeking to build an ambitious legacy on climate change.
“The pipeline would not make a meaningful longterm
contribution to our economy,” Mr. Obama said in remarks from the
The move was made ahead of Continue reading U.S. rejects Keystone XL: next let’s stop Sabal Trail!