All the companies behind the Southeast Market Pipelines Project have representatives
sitting in those back rooms voting on draft bills on an equal basis with state legislators, according to the latest information publicly availlable.
Back in the news a year after an Atlanta TV station reported on an ALEC meeting in Savannah, ALEC is not just for Georgia, every state has legislators
in that super-lobbying group, including Florida and Albama, taking those draft bills back to their legislatures and often getting them passed.
Now you know why the same bad bills to ban home rule on fracking, to block renwable energy portfolios, to impose a solar tax, and of course to promote fracked methane pipelines, show up at the same times in states all across the country.
Brendan Keefe and Michael King, WXIA-TV, 22 May 2015,
Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort. They found out quite a bit before ALEC had off-duty deputies throw them out of their hotel. Continue reading Spectra, Duke, NextEra, Williams, all members of ALEC super-lobby group →
Natural gas is a bridge to nowhere, and Hawaii’s governor not only
rejects LNG imports, but also NextEra’s bid for its electric utility.
Can you read the writing on the wall now, NextEra and FPL?
Fossil fuels are done.
Solar power is the future here now.
Duane Shimogawa, Pacific Business News, 24 August 2015,
Gov. David Ige opposes Hawaii importing LNG, says state should focus on renewable energy, Continue reading No LNG and no NextEra for Hawaii: straight to renewable energy –Gov. Ige →
Texan and Floridan FERC-enabled
wants Colquitt County
cheap invasion route,
even though that threatens local
property rights, taxes,
while there’s no demonstrated
for the fracked methane nor any definitive plans even to sell it in Georgia,
so the Moultrie city government
opposes the pipeline
that it should at least be put on hold until local concerns
are adequately considered by FERC and GA-EPD.
So both of the counties (Dougherty and Colquitt)
and both of their county seats (Albany and Moultrie)
named by Sabal Trail as needing gas through MGAG
have passed resolutions saying they don’t want the
pipeline at all, along with
Terrell County, Brooks County, Lowndes County, and Valdosta, Georgia,
plus Hamilton County, Florida.
Filed with FERC 6 May 2015 as
Accession Number: 20150506-0008,
“City of Moultrie, Georgia submits a Resolution re the Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC Natural Gas Pipeline etc under PF14-1.” Continue reading At least put Sabal Trail on hold –Moultrie resolution →
Tied for number 3 and receiving $10,000 in 2014 Top Vendors/Recipients from Spectra Energy according to
Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia,
where Spectra wants to gouge a 100-foot right of way
for its 36-inch fracked methane Sabal Trail pipeline.
Actually, Nathan Deal’s campaign committee has accepted at least $21,300 from
natural gas pipeline companies, including
$15,000 from companies that build LNG export terminals (Sempra and AECOM)
build pipelines to LNG export terminals (Spectra and AECOM).
and $6,300 from an Alabama
pipeline supply company (Consolidated Pipe & Supply Company).
Tied with Deal for third and also receiving $10,000 from Spectra:
Governor Robert J. Bentley of Alabama,
where the Sabal Trail pipeline starts, connecting to Williams Transco’s
Hillabee Expansion Project, which along with Sabal Trail and FSC forms the
Southeast Market Expansion Project.
Governor Bill Haslam of
Tennessee, where Spectra wants to start its
same-size Renaissance Pipeline to run through northeast
Alabama and north Georgia past Atlanta.
Let’s look at candidate Nathan Deal’s
most recent Georgia campaign contribution disclosure report contributions,
for June 30th 2014: Continue reading Spectra Energy and gas pipeline campaign contributions to GA Gov. Nathan Deal →
Filed with FERC
14 March 2104
by Bob Hastings for
Alabama Sierra Club about
Comments on the proposed Transco Pipeline Hillabee Expansion
The Sierra Club is a national environmental organization promoting
the protection of our natural environment and quality of life for all
citizens. The Club has more than 1.5 million members and includes chapters
in all states. The Alabama Chapter has approximately 3000 members.
Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club has joined with the Georgia
and Florida Sierra Club Chapters to oppose the proposed 650 mile
Sabal Trail Pipeline that would carry natural gas extracted through
hydraulic fracturing from Pennsylvania and Texas through Alabama,
Georgia, and Florida. Since the purpose of the Hillabee Expansion
project is to supply gas to the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline, we
also oppose the Hillabee Expansion project, and consider it
undesirable and not needed.
Williams Partners, Inc., owners of the Transco pipeline,
has a poor record of pipeline safety, and has had at least 35 reportable
accidents since 2006, including the pipeline rupture and explosion
on December 3, 2011, near Linden in Marengo County, Alabama.
Fortunately this explosion, which devastated 65 acres of forest
land, did not occur in a populated area where loss of life could
have been tragic. Williams Partners should focus on upgrading the
existing pipeline for improved safety rather than expanding its
The existing Transco pipeline cuts through Continue reading FERC should be promoting solar and wind, not new pipelines –Alabama Sierra Club →
$5.5 trillion or $800 for each human on this Earth has been dumped into the fossil fuel money pit.
Will most of that money never come back out, now that
solar stocks are skyrocketing
foundations are banding together to dump fossil fuel stocks?
Why should we let Spectra Energy and NextEra gouge a methane pipeline
through our lands for their bad investment?
Kumi Naidoo wrote for EcoWatch 31 January 2014,
Dirty Fuels is a Bad Idea,
By keeping their money in coal and oil companies, investors are
betting a vast amount of wealth, including the pensions and savings
of millions of people, on high future demand for dirty fuels. The
investment has enabled fossil fuel companies to massively raise
their spending on expanding extractable reserves, with oil and gas
companies alone (state-owned ones included) spending the combined
GDP of Netherlands and Belgium a year, in belief that there will be
demand for ever more dirty fuel.
This assumption is being challenged by recent developments, which is
good news for climate but bad news for anyone who thought investing
in fossil fuel industries was a safe bet. Frantic growth in coal
consumption seems to be coming to an end much sooner than predicted
just a few years ago, with China’s aggressive clean air policies,
rapidly dropping coal consumption in the U.S. and upcoming closures
of many coal plants in Europe. At the same time the oil industry is
also facing slowing demand growth and the financial and share
performance of oil majors is disappointing for shareholders.
Nevertheless, even faced with weakening demand prospects, outdated
investment patterns are driving fossil fuel companies to waste
trillions of dollars in developing reserves and infrastructure that
will be stranded as the world moves beyond 20th century energy.
The article is mostly about coal and oil, but it applies equally well to fracked “natural” methane gas: Continue reading Stranded fossil fuel assets: money goes in, but does it come out? →
A shell company lasted only weeks before filing bankruptcy
after polluting a West Virginia river and drinking water for 300,000 people.
No assets, no insurance, as near as I can tell.
Sabal Trail Transmission is a shell company owned by Spectra Energy
and NextEra and managed by Spectra:
what assets does it have, and what insurance has it offered
in case its pipeline corrodes and leaks
like Spectra has been fined for
or one of its compressor stations
leaks like in Pennsylvania or Maine
residents have to evacuate
as Spectra’s Susan Waller said would happen in case of a “true emergency”?
Who will pay for the local first responders,
or property damage,
or a polluted aquifer?
Nick Visser wrote for The Huffington Post 17 January 2014,
Freedom Industries, Company Behind West Virginia Chemical Spill, Files For Bankruptcy,
The company behind the
massive chemical spill that made
tap water unsafe for more than 300,000 West Virginians
has filed for bankruptcy, according to
documents obtained by The Huffington Post.
According to bankruptcy filings, Freedom Industries, wholly
owned by Chemstream Holdings Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
on Friday. Freedom Industries owns the storage facility responsible
for leaking up to 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (a
coal-cleaning chemical also known as crude MCHM) into West Virginia’s
And Freedom Industries was only formed a few weeks ago.
Steven Mufson wrote for the Washington Post (undated),
One week after W. Va. toxic spill, new owner of Freedom Industries puts firm in bankruptcy,
It took just one week for Pennsylvania coal mining executive Cliff
Forrest, the new owner of Freedom Industries, to discover that one
of the six-decade-old storage tanks he had acquired Dec. 31 was
leaking a toxic chemical into the Elk River that supplies water to
about 300,000 West Virginians….
Forrest, through another firm he owns, paid Continue reading WV polluter files bankruptcy: why should we expect better from Sabal Trail? →
Filed with FERC
31 December 2013:
Sandra Y Jones, Moultrie, GA.
Sabal Trails Transmission LLC is attempting to install another 36
inch natural gas pipeline which will deliver 1 billion cubic feet of
natural gas per day through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida based on a
need for more fuel to run a new power plant.
They state this gas line will produce enough power for 4 million
homes. They state their
Gulfstream line, which they own with
Williams Company, delivers 1.26 billion Bcf/day to Florida and that
is enough to produce electricity for 4.5 million homes.
Florida Gas Transmission sends nearly 3 billion Bcf/day. This line produces
enough energy to power 13.5 million homes. This amount of natural
gas would collectively produce enough power for twenty-two million
homes according to Spectra’s information.
The total population for Florida is
19.32 million and 2.58 persons
live in each household. According to the US Census 2012 repost,
there are 9,031,051 households in the entire state. Also of interest
is that presently
only 60% of the power produced in Florida is
produced by natural gas.
There is no need for this new pipeline. Sabal Trails is
misrepresenting the truth. In a state where there are only 9,031,051
households why Continue reading Stop this rape of the “stakeholders” homes, farms, and lands –Sandra Y Jones to FERC →