The people don’t want Sabal Trail, nor its compressor station.
Nobody but Spectra’s paid person Andrea Grover spoke for Sabal Trail,
and she only did it by email later, not at the hearing.
Pretty good coverage in three local stories.
Carlton Fletcher, Albany Herald, 7 November 2015,
Sabal Trail opponents voice concerns to EPD:
State officials hold air-quality permitting hearing at Albany Tech,
“There’s a great deal of frustration here because the
preponderance of evidence shows that this is a bad project,”
[Gordon] Rogers said. “And while we Continue reading Albany against Sabal Sinkhole Trail at GA-EPD air quality hearing
to FERC, even demands, aren’t working, not even from elected officials at
every level, city (Albany), county (Dougherty), state (Georgia), and federal.
Now they are escalating to demonstrations and flooding FERC with
comments while getting in the news.
Tracey Smith, WFXL, 9 July 2015,
Top leaders meet to stop the Sabal Trail,
For years local leaders have been fighting against the Sabal Trail
pipeline and the compressor station set to be built in Albany and
Dougherty County. Now it’s time for the final push against the
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Georgia State Representative Winfred
Dukes, County Commissioner John Hayes, Albany Commissioner Roger
Marietta and other top leaders all got together in one room, for one
reason: to stop the Sabal Trail from happening.
Their concerns range from Continue reading Albany and Dougherty County, GA leaders meet to stop Sabal Trail
Citing the GDOT denial of KMI’s Palmetto Pipeline and numerous specific
hazards of Spectra Energy’s proposed Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline
(sinkholes in karst limestone
and a compressor station
next to Albany’s water wells, all for no benefit to Georgia, by a company with a poor safety record),
U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-02) wrote to FERC (PDF):
I believe that FERC should deny STT’s application for a
Certificate of Public Necessity.
And he told FERC to tell Sabal Trail to stop suing
his constituents for eminent domain.
A year after
Rep. Bishop listened in Albany for two hours to complaints about Sabal Trail,
Dougherty County and
filed followup letters to their resolutions against that pipeline.
Neither FERC nor Sabal Trail answered them,
so their Representative in the U.S. Congress forwarded their
letters with that sharp cover letter.
Three weeks later, FERC still hasn’t even filed his letter in their e-comment system,
much less responded to it.
Just how lawless is FERC, anyway?
Doesn’t a member of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations give them pause? Continue reading Deny Sabal Trail, said U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, and FERC ignored him
After you’ve signed
the petition to GA Gov. Nathan Deal,
you can call or write him and other state, federal, and local elected and appointed officials
and ask them to oppose the unnecessary, destructive, and dangerous Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline.
Georgia is the fastest growing solar market in the country, and the
Georgia legislature just passed unanimously and the Governor signed
a law to facilitate financing solar power.
Help the pipeline shrink away from the Georgia sunshine!
The great state of Georgia should protect its citizens from
this invader from Texas that threatens our water, our land, and our
way of life.
Governor Continue reading Ask your elected and appointed public officials to oppose Sabal Trail
LNG export to Canada or Mexico with almost no permitting
and no environmental review of anything but the part that
crosses the border. That’s H.R. 3301, just passed by the
U.S. House of Representatves, but not yet taken up by
the Senate, and already the presdent’s administration “strongly opposes” it;
so strongly his advisors recommend vetoing it.
Apparently H.R. 6 for blanket export to all WTO countries isn’t
likely to pass, so fracked methane pushers are trying a similar
approach for fewer countries.
Get it across the nearest borders, and then export to other countries?
Previously listening Sanford Bishop (GA-02 Albany) voted for both bills
in the full House.
H.R. 3301 – North American Energy Infrastructure Act
113th Congress (2013-2014)
North American Energy Infrastructure Act—(Sec. 3) Prohibits
any person from constructing, connecting, operating, or maintaining
a cross-border segment of an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric
transmission facility at the national boundary of the United States
for the import or export of oil, natural gas, or electricity to or
from Canada or Mexico without obtaining a certificate of crossing
under this Act.
Requires the Secretary of State, Continue reading Another speed-permit LNG export bill: H.R. 3301
FERC’s ecomment system was malfunctioning, so Beth emailed this on behalf of
the board, which unanimously approved it earlier that same day.
She also forwarded it to John Peconom of FERC and to
U.S. Rep Ted Yoho (FL-03)
Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-02).
contact information for your elected officials and candidates.
From: Beth Gordon
To: efiling <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 6:05 pm
Subject: PF14-1 Sabal Trail Pipeline
To Whom it may Concern at FERC:
I am the President of a group of citizens and landowners
Alabama, Georgia, and Florida affected by the Sabal Trail Pipeline.
Here are some important questions we hope you will answer for us. We
have had no answers from FERC representatives at any other time. These
are the questions we would like answered:
justification of energy need by Florida
sufficient for FERC staff to recommend denying a permit
for the Sabal Trail pipeline? Continue reading Questions from SpectraBusters, Inc. to FERC
The proposed Sabal Trail methane pipeline is
number 1 on the topic rotation on
Rep. Sanford Bishop’s Congressional (GA-02) website:
We would like to hear from you about the proposed Sabal Trail Transmission
Gas Pipeline project.
The links lead to
a page that says:
The proposed Sabal Trail Transmission Gas Pipeline project would
transport up to a billion cubic feet of natural gas each day through
about 24 miles of Dougherty County on its 465-mile route from
central Alabama to central Florida. The natural gas carried by the
pipeline is intended to provide electricity for a large portion of
the state of Florida.
You can voice your opinion about the proposed pipeline by mail,
telephone or electronically:
Kimberly D. Bose
Secretary of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street N.E., Room 1A
Washington, DC, 20414
That contact information is all for contacting FERC.
While no doubt Rep. Bishop himself is most interested in hearing from constituents,
it doesn’t say just constituents, nor was his
listening session in Albany limited to just constituents.
Congressman Bishop’s own
own contact page
does say he is only able to reply to e-mails from constituents.
Here’s how to
find your own representative.
And here are links to
contact information for every Congress and statehouse member and
county commission and city council of county seats of counties
in all three states (Alabama, Georgia, and Florida) along the proposed
Here are two news reports (oddly, WALB doesn’t seem to have filed one) on
yesterday’s listening session with U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-02).
These are brief extracts; there’s more in each article.
Cody Long wrote for Fox 31 yesterday,
Deadline nears to hear pipeline comments,
There were about 50 people who showed up to the Government Center in
downtown Albany. Some voiced their concerns to commissioners and the
congressman about the Sabal Trail Transmission Gas Pipeline Project.
The pipeline would run through 24 miles of Dougherty County and
would be capable of transporting up to one billion cubic feet of
natural gas each day.
However, it would run through portions of privately owned land which Continue reading News about yesterday’s Sanford Bishop pipeline listening session in Albany, GA
Received yesterday from one of the organizers. -jsq
A Listening Session
with Congressman Sanford Bishop
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Room 100 of the Dougherty County Government Center
222 Pine Avenue
Subject: Sabal Trail Transmission
Gas Pipeline Proposed Project
The session is being held to allow citizens to provide feedback and
with the Congressman on the proposed Sabal Trail
Transmission Gas Pipeline Project. This is a very significant
concern for a variety of reasons, among them public safety,
environmental and economic impact.
Congressman Bishop’s district covers most of the path of the proposed pipeline,
making him a key ally in Congress to oppose the pipeline,
if he can be convinced to do so. Continue reading A Listening Session with Congressman Sanford Bishop