Similar to the coverage in the
Moultrie Observer (it even mentions the closed Lowndes County landfill),
plus some local observations and some quotes by Beth Gordon.
Bill Thompson wrote for the Ocala StarBanner yesterday,
EPA questions gas pipeline planned through North Central Florida,
Continue reading EPA questions about Sabal Trail in Ocala newspaper
Finally, the EPA wants the report to incorporate the project’s
compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. That would be a concern
for residents near Dunnellon.
The company intends to build a compressor station south of the town,
near State Road 200.
Environmental regulators seek to learn how much greenhouse gases and
potentially hazardous pollutants will be emitted at such sites.
FERC’s John Peconom admitted FERC staff had never recommended denying
a pipeline permit,
and again admitted that the Commission had only ever denied two.
He got an earful from local citizens in Marion County, Florida last night.
The last FERC Scoping Meeting is
tonight at the Citrus Tower in Clermont, Lake County, Florida.
Bill Thompson wrote for the Ocala StarBanner yesterday,
Regulators get an earful over planned gas pipeline,
DUNNELLON — The last time an energy company installed its
lines across Frank Atkins’ family’s property, grave markers in a
family-owned cemetery were displaced.
The 85-year-old said that after Florida Power Corp. came through in
the 1960s, he could not find the burial plot holding his mother, who
died giving birth to him.
Now that a natural gas pipeline is slated to pass through his Citrus
County land, Atkins said he’s concerned the one-acre cemetery, where
more family members are buried, Continue reading FERC gets an earful in Florida
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Valdosta, 23 March 2014 — All
of south Georgia and north Florida drinks out of the
Floridan Aquifer, where the FERC Scoping meetings and a
SpectraBusters community panel meet this week about Sabal
Trail’s attempt to take our lands to gouge a 100-foot
right of way for a 36-inch methane pipeline through our
fragile karst limestone, risking turning our springs into
sinkholes. Continue reading No Pipeline in our Aquifer in north Florida and south Georgia
The Congress member for all of the north Florida path of the
proposed Sabal Trail methane pipeline invites you to a Town Hall in Ocala Monday.
Ted Yoho’s facebook page,
Ocala Town Hall
Hosted by Congressman Ted Yoho
6:30-7:30pm Monday 17 March 2014
3733 SW 80th Avenue, Ocala, FL
Come join me for a Town Hall meeting on Monday, March 17th at
Westport High School. I’ll be there to give an update on what is
happening in Washington as well as answer any questions or concerns.
Doors open at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
Florida’s Third Congressional District includes part or all of all of the north Florida counties
on the pipeline path: Madison County, Hamilton County, Columbia County, Suwannee County, Gilchrist County, Alachua County, Levy County, and Marion County.
Continue reading Ted Yoho (FL-03) Town Hall in Ocala, FL tomorrow 17 March 2014
Its name is the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
but lately it’s been sounding more like a marketing firm for pipeline companies.
You can help fix that.
Bill Thompson wrote for Ocala.com 11 December 2013 about a meeting
in Dunnellon, Florida,
At open house, Sabal Trail presents plans for natural gas pipeline,
About 50 people attended an open house meeting held by Sabal Trail
Transmission LLC, the energy firm that will construct the roughly
465-mile line for two of America’s biggest energy companies. The
line will go through Alachua and Marion counties, among others….
John Peconom, project manager for the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission, which will have final approval over the pipeline,
described Sabal Trails efforts at this point as “shaking the
The company, he said, is attempting to identify — and
mitigate, if necessary — as many issues as possible before
filing its application with the government, which should come in
about a year.
Peconom told me
in Moultrie, GA 27 January 2014
that that last was FERC’s role.
I wonder why Continue reading FERC: regulatory agency or marketing firm for pipeline companies?
five compressor stations along its Sabal Trail Transmission
Alexander in Tallapoosa County, AL,
Albany in Dougherty County, GA,
Hildreth in Suwannee County, FL,
Dunnellon in Marion County, FL,
Reunion in Osceola County, FL.
Why should we expect them to be any safer than
the ones in Maine or Pennsylvania?
Alexander City Compressor Station
Tallapoosa County, Alabama Continue reading Five compressor stations proposed by Sabal Trail and Spectra
The same U.S. House subcommittee that wants to
export liquid natural gas
is pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The two subcommittee members are from Alabama and Florida represent
counties in the paths of two Spectra methane pipelines.
Ted Poe (R TX-02) of Houston,
Chairman of the
SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NONPROLIFERATION, AND TRADE
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
spelled out the connection to natural gas in the panel discussion
for the hearing on
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Outlook and Opportunities,
Hopefully, we will change that and become an exporter,
especially of natural gas.
This meshes with his remark hearing on natural gas exports:
The Department of Energy has not approved an application to export
to a country we don’t have a Free Trade Agreement with in 2 years.
Presumably he meant FERC, which bills itself as
an independent agency.
The point remains the same: Chairman Poe wants more free trade agreements
for more LNG exports.
In his opening statement to the TPP hearing he spelled out that he
considers the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be a free trade agreement: Continue reading The Trans-Pacific Partnership and LNG exports
Is this what that proposed pipeline is really for, exporting gas
for profit of gas company executives at the cost of our local land?
Rep. Ted Yoho (R FL-03) of north Florida is on this House subcommittee.
25 April 2013,
NATURAL GAS EXPORTS: ECONOMIC AND GEOPOLITICAL OPPORTUNITIES:
THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NONPROLIFERATION, AND TRADE
OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION,
Opening statement by Chairman Ted Poe (R TX-02) of Houston:
Five years ago, companies were building terminals to import natural
gas at the cost of billions of dollars because analysts agreed that
the United States’ economy was going to need natural gas from
overseas. Today, that scenario has changed 180 percent. Import
terminals lie dormant. The Department of Energy has 19 applications
waiting to get permission to export natural gas. Thanks to
breakthroughs, the United States’ natural gas reserves have climbed
72 percent since 2000 and 49 percent since 2005. The amount of
natural gas that is technically recoverable in the United States is
97 times greater than all of the natural gas we consumed in 2011. In
plain terms, this means we have an abundance of natural gas that we
are not using. It is just sitting there, and this is really not
smart policy, or smart business.
A big reason why is Continue reading House subcommittee wants to export gas