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
The Palm Beach Post is located 15 miles from FPL’s headquarters in Juno Beach,
and right at the end of the extra pipeline FPL built from the end of the
Transco -> Sabal -> FSC pipeline the last few miles to the sea,
which would make LNG export even more convenient.
Susan Salisbury wrote yesterday for the Palm Beach Post,
FPL’s proposed $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline faces opposition,
Beth Gordon, a former Wellington resident, moved to Williston in rural
Levy County five years ago. She and her husband own a 32-acre horse
“It’s as close to perfect as it gets. Except now I’m being
forced to accept an outrageous risk that I want no part of,”
said Gordon, an attorney.
And why should Floridians or Georgians or Alabamans have to accept
that risk for the profit of FPL or of Houston-based Spectra Energy?
Filed with FERC
11 April 2014. -jsq
When this project process first began, Florida
newspapers, such as the ones in Martin County, Gainesville, Ocala,
and others, ran the story with a map of the proposed pipeline, from
FPL, plainly showing the route running from Alabama straight to
Florida completely bypassing Georgia. The now “preferred” route
runs approximately 156 miles, or more through Georgia. Sabal has not
been forthcoming, even in their Resource Report 10, as to the reason
for the change. Has there been any encouragement from any
governmental entity, State or Federal, for Sabal to reroute this
pipeline through the state of Georgia? If yes, which entity and why?
If no, why did FERC allow Sabal to change routes? Cost would be an
In August and September of 2013, landowners who
previously had not agreed to allow Sabal personnel onto their
property began receiving letters first from Sabal and then from the
law firm of Hunton & Williams of Atlanta, Ga., on behalf of
Sabal, using intimidating and Continue reading Does FERC ever question the honesty and integrity of companies such as Sabal? –Sandra Slack
Five years ago a natural gas pipeline blew up between the Florida Turnpike
and I-95, flying a 104-foot piece of 18-inch pipe through the air,
shutting down both roads, and fortunately missing a high school.
NTSB determined it was the fault of the pipeline operator,
Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC (FGT).
written up by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
NTSB/PAB-13/01 of 13 August 2013
for “Damage/Clean-up Cost: $606,360” in this 4 May 2009 incident
near Palm City, Florida:
The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable
cause of the accident was environmentally assisted cracking under a
disbonded polyethylene coating that remained undetected by the integrity
management program. Contributing to the accident was Florida Gas
Transmission Company’s failure to include the pipe section that ruptured
in the integrity management program. Contributing to the prolonged gas
release was the pipeline controller’s inability to detect the rupture
because of SCADA system limitations and the configuration of the pipeline.
So NTSB said it was FGT’s fault.
And Florida and Martin County taxpayers had to pay for Continue reading Methane pipeline blew up onto Florida Turnpike next to high school