Tuesday April 5th Suwannee County voted 4 to 1 , with chairman Bashaw dissenting, to send a letter requesting that the Corps perform an independent environmental study concerning the geological omissions Sabal Trail withheld from their Environmental Study submitted to FERC to receive a permit to bore under the Suwannee River.
After comparing Sabal Trail’s EIS with that of local geologist Dennis Price, Chris Mericle discovered omissions and discrepancies in this report endangering the Floridan Aquifer which supplies 60% of Florida’s water supply as well as endangering millions of citizens and hundreds, if not thousand, of springs.
Sabal Trail submitted information for the pipeline permit to FERC stating the closest sinkhole to the pipeline route boring under the Suwannee River would be 750′ from the pipeline which is not true. Commissioner Wainwright and other BOCC officials discovered one active sinkhole 75′ from the 36″ fracked gas pipeline. In fact there is a sinkhole smack in the middle of the pipeline route with sinkholes covering the entire area.
SBOCC discovered this after attending a hike of the pipeline route and Falmouth Springs, which is part of a interconnected cave system that extends to the Suwannee River crossing at Suwannee River State Park which Sabal Trail claims is 100′ underground, when in fact one can see the springs practically at ground level and is part of this connected cave system and caverns named the Falmouth Cathedral Cave System. There are in fact many of these cave systems all connected within the pipeline route and throughout Florida.
Thank you SBOCC and all who assisted in this effort.
All counties in North Florida and central Florida should follow suite.
Perhaps a RICO investigation by the US Attorney General of Spectra Energy/Sabal Trail and the oil industry funded pipeline government agency, FERC, as well as invested Florida governor Scott is in order.
I do believe the time has come to stop this dangerous gas pipeline to export the natural gas that fracking invested FPL, Duke Energy and NextEra wish to export to other countries with zero benefit to the citizens of Florida.
Property rights, environment, or safety?
14% pipeline company profit is more important! said FERC.
But this fight is not over.
Without ever appearing on FERC’s public calendar, and a month in advance of when FERC previously said, FERC yesterday issued certificates for Sabal Trail, the Transco Hillabee Expansion Project, and Florida Southeast Connection.
Trial-style evidentiary hearing?
Nope, FERC believes Sabal Trail.
Consolidation of the three dockets into one?
Nope, everybody should have opposed all three, says FERC.
Hey, demographics don’t matter, pipeline siting is
all about engineering and “environmental” issues.
And profit. Don’t forget profit for the pipeline companies.
Nevermind, Continue reading We will accept Sabal Trail’s answers –FERC issues certificates
If you’re a Houston fossil fuel company and you can’t get FERC approval fast enough, try FE, or MARAD!
If that doesn’t work, ship it by land through Canada or Mexico!
Local property rights, they laugh at those! Rio Grande, Suwannee River, or Hudson River: just minor obstacles to greed!
If the people are tired of profit being more important than their land, water, air, or safety, it’s time to stop this fossil fuel shell game.
MARAD Continue reading The LNG export shell game: FERC, FE, MARAD, or NEB?
Does it seem like FPL is the sucker in these fossil fuel deals by its parent NextEra?
While the people of Florida fall far behind even New Jersey and Massachusetts in deploying solar power in the much more populous Sunshine State?
You can call your local, state, and federal officials and ask them to stop the fossil fuel boondoggles and get on with solar power.
As we’ve seen,
NextEra is unloading its Oklahoma fracking operation onto FPL.
“Positive” effects of fracking in Oklahoma have included
Meanwhile, NextEra subsidiary Nextera Energy Resources
solar operations in California, Nevada, New Mexico, and even
but not in Florida.
NextEra’s Yieldco NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) is even Continue reading NextEra invests in solar while its subsidiary FPL promotes fracked methane 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
Please sign this petition to
Please Ban The Sabal Trail Fracked Gas Pipeline.
Congratulations again to Push Back the Pipeline for convincing
GA Gov. Deal and Lt. Gov. Cagle to oppose Kinder Morgan’s Palmetto Project
the Georgia Dept. of Transportation to deny KMI a permit.
Now it’s time for the same for the Sabal Trail Pipeline.
The permitting process is different,
but opposition from the state of Georgia could stop this invader, too. Continue reading Petition Georgia Governor Nathan Deal: Oppose Sabal Trail like you oppose the Palmetto Pipeline
Are Spectra and FPL running short on money so they have to take on a new investor?
Has the opposition cost them $225 million already?
The AP story includes two misconceptions.
After protests continuing into this year, a criminal trespass
lawsuit against Sabal Trail, and multiple parties filing amicus briefs,
this is all AP remembers:
The pipeline drew protests from southwest Georgia residents last
year, who said they do not want a pollution-emitting compression
station near their homes.
And despite Sabal Trail’s continued failure to demonstrate need,
AP repeats this old canard:
Currently there are only two major pipelines that deliver natural
gas to Florida. Both are nearing capacity.
Not if the Sunshine State gets on with solar power, like even
the most corrupt state (Georgia) is doing.
Interestingly, there’s no press release from any of Sabal Trail, Spectra,
NextEra, or FPL about this,
but there’s this obviously slanted Duke Energy PR, 5 May 2015,
Duke Energy buys 7.5% of previously announced Sabal Trail pipeline that will meet growing need for natural gas in Southeast U.S., Continue reading Duke Energy buys into Sabal Trail
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fort White, Florida — Maximizing her speaking skills, Laura
Dailey resigned from the SpectraBusters Board to be unanimously
appointed Director of Community Outreach & Speaker’s Bureau, with
first stop speaking against the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline
and for solar power in Tallahassee Wednesday March 18th at the
Floridians for Clean Water & Amendment 1 Rally in Tallahassee.
Laura Dailey said, “Who here loves to paddle our rivers and hike our
scenic trails? WE are the stewards of these wonders, and we stand
dangerously close to losing them to a company from Houston, Texas. A
company woefully undereducated about our pristine landscape, and
fragile Karst terrain, and who, until they came here, had no idea
that our springs heartland is the single largest source of fresh
spring water on earth!”
Remembering her excellent questions at the Continue reading PR: SpectraBusters sends Outreach against Sabal Trail pipeline and for solar power to Rally in Tallahassee
Tampa Bay Times opposes FPL fracking Oklahoma to send fracked methane through the Sabal Trail pipeline, and so can you, through this
petition by Food & Water Watch:
Tell PSC to deny Florida Power & Light’s request for fracked gas!
Remember, FPL’s parent NextEra Energy is
buying into green energy in Hawaii.
FPL should do the same in the Sunshine State.
You can also write letters to the editor, like
Vickie Machado sent to the Miami Herald
Don’t allow fracking in Florida,
6 December 2014, Continue reading FWW petition against FPL fracking
FPL wants to frack Oklahoma,
its parent corp. wants to green Hawaii.
Do they even talk?
Mark Chediak and Ehren Goossens, Bloomberg, 4 December 2014,
NextEra Buys Hawaii’s Biggest Utility in Green Energy Test,
“You can think about Hawaii as a postcard from the future of
what’s going to happen in the electric industry in the United
States,” James Robo, chairman and chief executive officer of
Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra, said by phone interview
yesterday. “As renewable generation gets cheaper, as electric
storage becomes more efficient and possible, all electric utilities
are going to have to face this.”
FPL making Florida, then?
A test case for the failed past?
Bloomberg says about NextEra’s Hawaii Electric purchase:
Including debt, the total value of the transaction is about $4.3 billion.
That’s not much more than FPL’s Sabal Trail pipeline boondoggle.
How about cancel that pipeline and the fracking and green Florida into…
the Sunshine State!