Apparently Williams Company’s Atlantic Sunrise
pipeline wasn’t enough to push Marcellus Shale fracked methane through
Transco to Sabal Trail: Spectra Energy has bought directly into that action
through yet another Pennsylvania pipeline.
PennEast also announced 17 October 2014 it prefiled as FERC docket PF15-1-000.
And PennEast listed some Open Houses 10,12,13, and 18 November 2014 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey,
so friends and colleagues may want to go there and object,
many did at the Atlantic Sunrise PF14-8 Scoping Meetings.
FERC’s ecomment system has been flooded with objections ever since the pre-filing of 7 October 2014, such as
this one of 9 October 2014: Continue reading Spectra buys into PennEast Pipeline for Marcellus Shale fracked gas to Transco
Williams Co.’s excuse: “an insufficient level of firm customer commitment”
for its Marcellus shale to Gulf of Mexico gas pipe.
That’s corporate-ese for it got to be too expensive; it’s the same thing
a company that wanted to put a biomass plant in Lowndes County said.
Couldn’t have had anything to do with massive public resistance, oh no.
This is the same Williams Co. that owns Transco, first in the chain
of the Transco -> Sabal Trail -> Florida Southeast Connection
pipeline through Alabama and Georgia to Florida’s Atlantic
and Gulf coasts, where there are already several companies
authorized for LNG export.
That one could get too expensive, too.
Tim Rudell wrote for WKSU 29 April 2014,
Bluegrass pipeline project through Ohio and beyond is cancelled, Continue reading Bluegrass fracked methane pipeline cancelled
1989 $15 million fine against Spectra for leaking PCBs at 89 pipeline
locations was a record for EPA at that time,
but Pennsylvania topped it a few years later.
Russell E. Eshleman Jr. wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer 15 May 1991,
Pipeline Firm To Pay $218.6 Million For Pcb Contamination Across Pa.,
Texas Eastern Pipeline Corp. has agreed to pay Pennsylvania $18.6
million in penalties and $200 million in cleanup costs for dumping
PCBs at 19 sites across the state, the Casey administration
Texas Eastern is part of Spectra Energy now.
Penn. had asked for even more than it got, so it got enough: Continue reading Spectra fined $18.6 million + $200 million cleanup for PCBs by Pennsylvania in 1991
Alabama, Georgia, and Florida probably don’t even have a restrictive
law like the Pennsylvania Supreme Court just struck down, so local
governments in the states along the proposed Sabal Trail, Florida Southeast Connection,
and Transco Hillabee Expansion Project pipelines apparently can
pass restrictions on pipelines.
As can state legislatures.
Mark Scolforo and Marc Levy wrote for Associated Press 20 December 2013,
Pa. Gas Drilling Decision Leaves Future Uncertain,
The energy industry and policy makers in Pennsylvania, the heart of
the nation’s gas drilling boom, are thinking about their next moves
after the state’s highest court threw out significant portions of a
law that limited the power of cities and counties to regulate the
The state Supreme Court voted 4-2 on Thursday to strike down
portions of a 2012 law that had been crafted by Gov. Tom Corbett and
his industry-friendly allies in the Legislature.
The article talks about corporate “need”: Continue reading Local governments can restrict pipelines –Penn. Supreme Court