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 →
FERC had been saying no LNG export, yet the pipeline partners said a year ago
in their Open Season: “as well as deliveries to Cove Point LNG”.
NextEra, co-owner of Sabal Trail Transmission,
is one of the Mountain Valley Pipeline partners.
Sabal Trail and FERC have told us Sabal Trail is not for LNG export,
yet they never told us about an already-approved LNG export license
right where the Sabal Trail pipeline chain goes in Florida.
Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times, 25 June 2015,
Mountain Valley Pipeline partner says operation could be used for exports,
A partner in the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline confirmed
this week that natural gas transported by the pipeline could be one
supply source for liquefied natural gas bound for India.
The news comes after Paul Friedman, a project manager for the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, repeatedly — and
publicly — dismissed concerns last month from pipeline
opponents that natural gas transported through the pipeline would be
WGL Midstream has a Continue reading A pipeline partner admits LNG export is possible →
How big is the LNG export gold rush?
Here are maps of dozens of approved, proposed, and potential LNG export terminals,
one of them even including Carib’s FE-authorized Martin County LNG export facility that FERC never seems to remember and Sabal Trail never talks about.
Update 2015-02-23: Now with the rest of the maps.
In addition to the
approved LNG import and export terminals,
there are more on this
FERC map of Proposed North American LNG Export Terminals,
including ones in Lake Charles (2 and 7), Sabine Pass (6), Plaquemines Parish (8 and 11), and Cameron Parish (13) Louisiana,
Lavaca Bay (4) and Sabine Pass (9), Texas,
Elba Island (5), Georgia, and Jacksonvile (14), Florida,
as well as Coos Bay (1) and Astoria (3), Oregon,
plus two in Kitimat (15 and 17) and one on Douglas Island (16), British Columbia.
One of those proposed BC LNG export terminals is where
Spectra Energy proposes to build not one but two pipelines.
And even that ain’t all. Continue reading LNG export approved and proposed →
LNG “storage, vaporization and truck loading facility” FGS just spelled out
that it wants gas from the end of this pipeline chain in Florida,
in its motion to intervene on Sabal Trail’s FERC docket.
Remember, FGS’ apparently PCB-contaminated site is
on the same Warfield Blvd as FPL’s Martin County “Clean Energy Center”
and as LNG-export-authorized FLiNG Energy’s storefront,
with an FPL pipeline running right down that same road.
FLiNG says it is “located immediately adjacent to Floridian Natural Gas Storage”.
Do you still claim, Sabal Trail, that your fracked methane isn’t for export?
This motion is
even simpler than
FGT’s motion to intervene.
before 24 December 2014.
Filed with FERC 9 December 2014 as
Accession Number: 20141209-5082,
“(doc-less) Motion to Intervene of Floridian Natural Gas Storage Company, LLC under CP15-17.” Continue reading FGS intervenes as likely customer of Sabal Trail →
FPL integrated ownership of fracking and pipelines to LNG export for its profit,
at the expense of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida landowners, U.S. natural gas customers, and of course
FPL ratepayers: that’s what FPL is hoping to wrap up at the Florida PSC.
FPL wants to buy the 50% its parent NextEra Energy
bought of “independent” PetroQuest’s Oklahoma fracking operation
back in 2010 before FPL put out
its December 2012 RFP
for what ended up being the Transco -> Sabal Trail -> FSC
methane pipeline to Martin County, Florida,
an FPL pipeline from there to the sea at Riviera Beach.
three LNG export operations have been authorized and
a fourth LNG export operation has reqeusted a permit from FERC.
FPL’s PR of 25 June 2014 doesn’t mention most of the above,
not even that NextEra already owns half of PetroQuest’s
Oklahoma fracking operation.
FPL proposes innovative plan to invest in natural gas to save customers millions of dollars and lower long-term fuel costs, Continue reading FPL to purchase NextEra gas fracking subsidiary in Oklahoma →
There’s no safe way for the yard-wide Sabal Trail fracked methane
pipeline through the
fragile karst limestone containing
the Floridan Aquifer, according to what Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection
told FERC back in April.
And what’s this about
seven foot pipeline depth in Florida, while
Spectra’s Andrea Grover complained
in the Valdosta Daily Times about requests for five feet deep in Georgia?
FL-DEP points out that
caves might not support a pipeline
could easily cause sinkholes.
Plus blasting could change local hydrology.
The situation is actually worse than FL-DEP described.
We don’t know that
contamination couldn’t come from
BCPs carried from Spectra’s
Texas Eastern pipeline, or radon from the Marcellus Shale,
in addition to the
solvents FL-DEP mentioned.
We don’t know the pipeline would carry only
a gaseous product;
it could be sold and used for something else.
And as DEP says, it’s not just leaks that are the problem:
the pipeline would require large amounts of
testing water that would have to come from somewhere
and go back somewhere, presumably contaminated with whatever was in the pipeline.
What guarantee do we have that contamination wouldn’t go
borings under our riverbeds?
Filed with FERC
18 April 2014
as four pages of the 74-page
“Florida State Clearinghouse comments on Dockets # PF14-1, et al Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Southeast Market Pipelines Project (Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connection Projects).”
Some of it
was also submitted to FERC by Florida’s Suwannee River Water Management District, but there is new material here; especially
that superimposition map. Continue reading Sabal Trail pipeline considered harmful for karst limestone Floridan Aquifer –FL-DEP →
FPL’s hometown newspaper never mentions solar or wind in an opinion piece
asking whether you think the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline is a good idea.
You can comment directly in the newspaper.
Maybe you’d like to send your comments to FERC, as well.
Palm Beach Post Opinion Staff wrote yesterday,
Should FPL’s natural gas pipeline be built?
NextEra Energy, parent of Florida Power & Light, is contracting with
Spectra Energy to run a natural gas pipleine 591 miles through the
heart of the state, ending in Martin County.
FPL President Eric Silagy says the company needs the additional
pipeline to provide redundancy and added capacity to the state’s
existing natural gas pipleines. FPL is now the nation’s largest
consumer of natural gas, he says.
It’s curious how
FPL’s own projections in its 10-year plan
don’t support Continue reading Build FPL’s natural gas pipeline or not? –Palm Beach Post →
Where is FLiNG Energy and its
“partners in Indiantown”
that it expects to help it quadruple its LNG capacity in the
first quarter of 2016?
All along FPL’s pipeline to the sea, and PCBs, too.
So convenient for LNG export from the proposed Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline!
lists its contact address as
15328 SW Warfield Blvd. Indiantown, FL 34956.
this unassuming storefront that google maps shows with “Indiantown Realty”
on the front: Continue reading Where are Floridian LNG and FLiNG Energy? →
People talk about LNG exports to China through the
Transco – Sabal Trail – Florida Southeast Connection
pipeline, even though
FPL says it knows nothing about exports through that
Southeast Market Pipelines Project (SMPP), and FERC also seems to know nothing.
If that fracked gas really can go to China, where’s
FERC’s rationale for federal eminent domain,
which depends on Florida needing the gas?
FPL’s own 10-Year Site Plan doesn’t support a need for the gas,
EPA doesn’t buy what it’s seen as rationalizations for that
can the gas go to China?
FERC has admitted in more than one Scoping Meeting that it’s not the
pipeline company that has to get export authorization: it’s the end user.
And FPL is not the only end user and FERC is not the only export-authorizing agency. Continue reading Can Sabal Trail fracked methane go to China? →
FPL doubled down on a need
because it claims fracked methane is “clean”,
FERC filing of 21 April 2014.
FPL says it is
“a strong supporter of solar power”
even though it
didn’t increase its solar capacity from 2010 to 2013
because of the lame baseload capacity excuse.
FPL says it knows nothing about
Export of Gas, even though
Floridian LNG, located next to FPL’s Martin County “Clean Energy” Center right at the end of the Transco-Sabal-FSC pipeline,
was approved for LNG export by the U.S. DoE Office Fossil Energy (FE)
14 November 2013,
Crowley Maritime’s Carib Energy
was approved for export from Florida by FE 27 July 2011.
And FPL says its ratepayers are not paying the costs
of the pipeline, even though FPL VP of development and external affairs Pam Rauch
argued in pring 29 July 2012 for a “Clean Energy” (fracked methane) Center at Cape Canaveral
that was one of several mentioned
by the Tampa Times 24 October 2014
as a reason for a new pipeline,
and that same Pam Rauch
filed PF14-2 with FERC for the Florida Southeast Connection (FSC) pipeline that connects from Sabal Trail to FPL’s
“Clean Energy” Center in Martin County, next to Floridian LNG.
FPL doesn’t seem to know what’s going on next to it,
and maybe not what its own employees are doing.
I hope EPA doesn’t consider
the questions it filed with FERC the same day
answered by this weak tea from FPL.
April 21, 2014
Ms. Kimberly D. Bose
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20426
Southeast Market Pipelines Project
Docket Nos. PF14-1-000, PF14-2-000, and PF14-6-000
Dear Ms. Bose:
Florida Power & Light Company (“FPL”) hereby submits these comments in response Continue reading FPL supports solar power without spending money on it –FPL to FERC →