Canada’s FERC equivalent had to escalate from specific fines to a blanket clean-up order. Do you still believe Spectra is “a very genuine, safe, law-abiding company”?
Mackenzie Scrimshaw, iPolitics.ca, 15 July 2015,
The Drilldown: Spectra Energy faces NEB fines,
Spectra Energy Corp SE.N is feeling the heat from the National Energy Board (NEB). As Reuters reports, the Houston-based company is facing more than $120,000 in fines for committing almost 30 infractions at its Westcoast Energy processing plants in the last 15
months. What’s more, the NEB has requested a correction of these “management system failures.” “The Board expects
Westcoast to address safety concerns on a systemic basis, throughout
all its gas processing plants and facilities,” reads the NEB’s
safety order. “Based on recent violations described below, the
Board is not confident safety concerns are being addressed in this
$88,000 fine in January was just the start of this year’s
NEB fines to Spectra.
Mike De Souza, Yahoo! Finance, 14 July 2015,
Canada regulator orders Spectra Energy to clean up practices, Continue reading Canadian regulator orders Spectra to clean up its safety practices →
Does this help you believe Spectra’s promises to protect
gopher tortoises while invading Georgia with its
Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline?
Mike Carter, Alaska Highway News, 17 June 2015,
Spectra challenges $28,000 fine for failing to protect Western Toad habitat,
Spectra Energy Transmission faces a $28,000 fine for allegedly
failing to protect the habitat of the Western Toad while
constructing its Transmission North Expansion project north of
Moberly Lake, in the Beryl Prairie area near Butler Ridge Provincial
According to National Energy Board (NEB) spokesperson Darin Barter,
the company stands accused of failing to protect the toad’s habitat
in accordance with the project’s application documents.
In a June 3 letter to the NEB, Spectra indicated Continue reading Spectra challenging fine for not protecting Western Toad →
If Spectra was so negligent the Canadian FERC equivalent had to threaten
to shut down a natural gas plant to get cooperation about leaks
and flares caused by negligence, and still fined Spectra,
why should we believe Spectra’s claims of silence or safety
for its invading Albany, Georgia Sabal Trail compressor station?
Canada’s National Energy Board fined Spectra Energy Transmission
$88,000 on 22 January 2015 for
numerous incidents of negligence, failing to comply with national
and internal safety procedures, and
The company failed to take reasonable care to ensure safety hazards
had been properly identified.
However, despite previous findings of similar non-compliances at
other facilities (Aitken Creek Gas Plant and Fort Nelson North
Processing Facility), the company failed to take preventative action
in advance of the NEB inspection at the Dawson Creek location.
Spectra didn’t even bother to clean up its act when it knew inspectors
Speaking of Fort Nelson, Continue reading Spectra’s Canadian negligence and Fort Nelson leak and flare →
You don’t know when a natural gas pipeline might be carrying oil.
You do know pipelines corrode and leak, and this one did.
It’s owned by DCP Midstream, but guess who is a director there
and which company owns half of it!
Odessa American, 14 April 2015,
Crews begin oil spill cleanup in West Odessa,
Crews with DCP Midstream and the Ector County Environmental Office
are assessing an oil spill that took place Tuesday afternoon in West
Environmental office officials said they were called to Moss Avenue
and West Third Street about oil coming from the ground.
The low-pressure pipeline, according to Scott McMeans, supervisor at
DCP Midstream, was a natural gas line that leaked due to corrosion
causing oil to flow out.
McMeans said that sometimes Continue reading Natural gas pipeline carried oil which leaked: owned by a Spectra company →
Pipeline suit and countersuit in British Columbia!
Spectra Energy sued six Chilliwack farmers (east of Vancouver)
and the farmers countersued.
Which sounds quite a bit like what’s happening three thousand miles
southeast of there in
Leesburg, GA this Thursday July 10th,
where a group of farmers is countersuing Spectra for trespass.
Spectra is telling the same joke in both cases:
the vast majority of landowners are for the pipeline,
and opponents are only a few outliers.
Troublesome farmers, not wanting their crops destroyed without
even any compensation, imagine that!
Those pesky outliers in Canada have delayed mighty Spectra
a year already.
Alina Konevski wrote for Chilliwack Progress 11 June 2013,
Farmers defiant as gas company demands access,
Members of the Fraser Valley Association of Pipeline Landowners, led
by president Gord Mitchell, want a stringent contract with Spectra
Energy before the company enters their land to replace an outdated
pipeline under their fields.
Negotiations have failed. Mitchell was served Continue reading Farmers counter-sue Spectra over British Columbia pipeline →
TransCanada, of the notorious Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline,
is also competing with Spectra Energy for fracked methane export through
an LNG export terminal on the British Columbia coast,
and Spectra just got another approval for its “corridor” for not one
but two giant pipelines to the Pacific Ocean.
Gordon Jaremko wrote for GPI 4 April 2014,
NEB OKs Spectra (Westcoast) Tolls; Major Expansion Planned to Serve Pacific LNG,
Spectra Energy (Westcoast) received approval from the National
Energy Board (NEB) for the stable base of its agenda: a 2014-2015
tolls and tariff settlement with customers of its current capacity
of 3 Bcf/d.
The deal enables the BC grid to focus on a plan aimed at almost
quadrupling its capacity by becoming the principal conduit between
northern shale deposits and proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG)
export terminals on the Pacific Coast.
The settlement was not opposed or even questioned Continue reading Spectra and TransCanada competing in LNG export in British Columbia →