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!
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
Oppose one fossil fuel boondoggle; oppose them all.
KMI also has applied for a FERC permit to
build a pipeline from Suwannee County, FL to Jacksonville,
which is gearing up for LNG export.
That KMI application says Sabal Trail can connect if it wants to.
Coastal Group of the Georgia Sierra Club, on facebook, today,
ATTEND THIS PUBLIC MEETING IF YOU CAN!
This will be our opportunity learn about Texas energy giant Kinder
Morgan’s disaster plan for the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG)
export terminal at Elba Island. If permitted to come online, 4
million metric tons of LNG would be processed by, and exported from,
the facility annually—in close proximity to densely populated
neighborhoods at the mouth of Savannah’s port. A worst-case event
would be extremely destructive to lives, property, and the
DATE: Wednesday, September 16, 10:00AM
LOCATION: Savannah Civic Center, 301 W Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401
Natural gas is a bridge to nowhere, and Hawaii’s governor not only
rejects LNG imports, but also NextEra’s bid for its electric utility.
Can you read the writing on the wall now, NextEra and FPL?
Fossil fuels are done.
Solar power is the future here now.
Duane Shimogawa, Pacific Business News, 24 August 2015,
Gov. David Ige opposes Hawaii importing LNG, says state should focus on renewable energy, Continue reading No LNG and no NextEra for Hawaii: straight to renewable energy –Gov. Ige
If you had any doubt the fossil fuel industry wants to export fracked methane
to China, India, Korea, Japan, etc., from everywhere it can, read this article about
Cheniere Energy’s plans to export from Sabine Pass, Corpus Christi, and Freeport, Texas,
from Cameron Parish and Hackberry, Louisiana, and from Cove Point, Maryland.
“Train” as used here just means a method of shipment, apparently by pipeline.
Housley Carr, RBN Energy, 17 June 2015,
Begin The Sabine—Delivering Gas To The Lower 48’s First LNG
Export Terminal, Continue reading LNG trains to U.S. Gulf and East Coasts
Local ordinances lead to state laws banning fracking and pipelines.
And don’t forget Sabal Trail has to get permits from the Georgia
Department of Transportation for road crossings and an air quality permit
from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for the Albany compressor
station, or no pipeline.
There is plenty local, state, and federal elected officials can do to
stop this invading fracked methane destruction and hazard.
Rev. Ezekiel Holly
called on local officials to act.
Here are some ways how.
How about a county ordinance rooted in
the Comprehensive Plan?
A local ordinance was used by Jefferson County, Florida to keep Nestle out of the same
Local ordinances have been used in Pennsylvania to stop pipelines, and
upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Local ordinances were used across New York State to ban fracking,
upheld by the state Court of Appeals,
until the state government finally took up the cause and
banned fracking statewide.
Now New York state residents are saying Continue reading Fracking and pipeline bans start at the local level
A FERC comment submission form appears along with a letter by Roger Marietta, Albany City Councilman, in the Georgia Sierra Club newsletter based on the recent Albany Herald silent protest story about Spectra Energy of Houston Texas’ invading Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline and its Albany compressor station. Excerpt:
It is clear that the Sabal Trail Pipeline will destroy our local environment, and is hazardous to private property, health, and the local economy. The evidence has shown that this massive pipeline is not needed; Continue reading Sierra Club FERC comment submission form for Sabal Trail Albany Compressor
FERC previously denied a Spectra pipeline, and now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) may prevent one.
After three months of asking, John Peconom of FERC divulged how many pipelines FERC had ever denied:
two, of which one was for a pipeline from an LNG site in Providence, Rhode Island,
KeySpan LNG, L.P. and Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC,
denied by FERC 5 July 2005.
According to Spectra Energy:
Continue reading Spectra already lost at FERC once; could also lose at NRC