By Mike Benard today in the Peekskill, NY Daily Voice. -jsq
OpEd: Spectra Energy: Trust Facts Not Promises,
Speaking from experience with Spectra Energy, property owners and
communities can expect the company (NYSE: SE) will not do what
it says it will in terms of transparency and accountability; and the
company will develop amnesia when questioned about its actual track
record relating to safety and federal fines.
Managing by fact is simple. If communities and local governments
want to know what to expect from Spectra Energy, ask folks who live
with its facilities today.
For example, property owners in Bedford County, Pa. (about Continue reading OpEd: Spectra Energy: Trust Facts Not Promises –Mike Benard
Mike Benard sent this today to Spectra’s Andrea Grover,
copied to a long list of news media and local, state, and federal
elected and appointed officials and employees.
For local background, see
Spectra reps unfamiliar with Spectra fines @ LCC 2013-12-09.
Those of us property owners who are already Spectra Energy
“stakeholders” (the company’s term), want Spectra Energy to be the
best it can be, consistent with its publicly stated commitment to
Stakeholder Engagement, Integrity, Transparency, and
To that end, and regarding your activities as a “Director of
Stakeholder Outreach” on behalf of Spectra Energy’s proposed Sabal
Trail pipeline, property owners in Georgia report that you are
asserting the following at public meetings:
You assert that property owners at
Spectra Energy’s Steckman Ridge compressor facility in Bedford
County, PA are “happy” despite ongoing problems there and a
consistent lack of response from Spectra Energy to its
- FACT: I speak for more than a dozen families who
live next to or near the problematic compressor facility; and your
statement is incorrect and misleading. What facts do you have
to support such a disingenuous allegation? A ring of health,
water and operational complaints surround this facility that began
operations in 2009. Based on unofficial record keeping by
neighbors, there have been nearly 60 shutdowns, blowdowns and
related incidents at the Steckman Ridge compressor station and
underground natural gas storage facility between August 2009 and
the present. And there is much more, as you know.
• You assert that uncontrolled
releases of methane and other hydrocarbons that happen too
frequently at the Steckman Ridge compressor facility are
“normal.” Let’s hope not. Your assertion is
uninformed and misleading.
- FACT: Recall the March 9-10 incident Continue reading Spectra Energy — Be the Best it Can Be –Mike Benard