Even another pipeline company can’t get critical information out of Sabal Trail.
Eight months after it requested details on proposed crossings by Sabal Trail of its existing pipelines,
Southern Natural Gas Company is tired of waiting.
And for good reason; Sabal Trail’s crossings exponentially
increase risks of corrosion, leaks, and explosions:
The operational concerns associated with the high number of
crossings create the potential for significant cathodic protection
system issues for both operators. Continue reading Sabal Trail is proposiong an excessive number of crossings –Southern Natural Gas
Kinder Morgan contributed to the campaigns of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and to numerous other elected officials,
similar to Spectra Energy PAC and many other pipeline companies or
associated political action committees.
Could this have something to do with how Georgia state officials
are not being very helpful to the citizens who overwhelmingly
oppose both Kinder Morgan’s proposed Palmetto petroleum products
pipeline through eastern Georgia and Spectra’s proposed Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline through southwest Georgia?
Could it explain why the Georgia government seems to be treating both pipelines
as if they were public-private partnerships with the state?
Searching Georgia Campaign Finance Commission campaign records
show Kinder Morgan (KMI) subsidiary
Southern Natural Gas (SONAT)
contributed to a whole bunch of people, including Casey Cagle: Continue reading Kinder Morgan campaign contributions to GA Gov. Deal and Lt. Gov. Cagle
The state representative for
Valdosta and parts of
cited their two resolutions and
enumerated lack of need for a pipeline, threatening letters from Sabal Trail, alternative routes
next to a school, ill effects on business
forestry and agriculture
private property valuations,
potential sinkholes due to drilling under the
including on the
anywhere in the fragile karst limestone
containing the Floridan Aquifer,
plus Spectra Energy’s own
say it doesn’t have insurance to cover
the kinds of
safety problems in Spectra’s own history
nor those pointed out by
Southern Natural Gas Company.
Dexter Sharper noted local evidence that
solar power is cheaper and safer,
the Lowndes County Democratic Party
“…we have a moral obligation to leave our children and grandchildren with an earth as safe, beautiful, and majestic as the one bequeathed to us by our parents and grandparents.”
For all these reasons, on behalf of my constituents and the citizens of Lowndes County and the state of Georgia, I oppose the Sabal Trail pipeline anywhere in the County of Lowndes or the State of Georgia.
I urge that FERC reject any permit for the Sabal Trail pipeline, or at the very least move it entirely out of the State of Georgia.
Filed 7 January 2015 with FERC as
Accession Number: 20150107-5100,
“Comment of Dexter Sharper, Georgia State Representative, District 177, under CP15-17.” Continue reading No eminent domain for water-threatening unnecessary Sabal Trail pipeline –GA Rep. Dexter Sharper District 177
Looks like Spectra is still making stuff up.
Apparently Spectra got one of its usual pipeline distributors
to make a deal in Georgia for Sabal Trail
without that distributor ever asking
its own customers whether they needed the gas.
This is very convenient for undercutting opposition to Sabal
Trail’s threats of Georgia eminent domain,
but not very useful to the named counties or to Sabal Trail’s
Sabal Trail’s FERC Filing in Docket CP15-17 said on page 11: Continue reading MGAG didn’t contact local governments before agreeing with Sabal Trail
Here are a few things you get with a pipeline easement:
no right to grow trees on it, limited right to put up fences,
and if you do, you have to have gates in them that the pipeline
company can put their own lock on.
But you do get to continue to pay taxes on land you can no longer
fully use; land that now contains a potentially corrosive, leaky,
explosive hazard that you can’t tap for your own use.
And you do get pipeline company contractors coming through at their
convenience to mow or otherwise clear the right of way.
Contractors who may be somewhat unclear on where the right of way
ends and your trees, for example, start.
Without ever having to notify you then or tell you later what happened.
And it’s even worse than that: you may get another pipeline, and meanwhile the pipeline company will claim rights over local governments and developments.
All while the world has changed and the sun has risen on a better way.
All bets are off if there’s a pipeline break Continue reading Why accepting a natural gas easement is a bad deal
Disturbance of soil, exacerbating corrosion,
needless risk through unnecessary crossings,
and cutting corners through inappropriate boring methods:
when even another pipeline company calls you out for those things,
you’ve got a problem, Sabal Trail.
And Southern Natural Gas just did that in ecomments to FERC.
SONAT should be worried about this after last week in Berrien County, Georgia:
Each crossing poses a risk during construction of the crossing as well as
ongoing risks during operation and maintenance of the pipelines. Since the
SNG pipeline must remain in service during construction of the crossings,
each time Sabal Trail bores under, or cuts under, the SNG pipeline
there is an increased risk that the integrity of the SNG pipeline will
A humble county ditch puller
broke SONAT’s pipeline on Bradford Road,
resulting in Sheriff’s deputies from two counties, a city 911 vehicle,
and an ambulance being scrambled, in addition to a fleet of Kinder Morgan
And me, since this break was only a few miles from my house,
and the valve they used to turn off Berrien County is on my property.
Neighbors I’ve known all my life were evacuated.
One spark and they wouldn’t have had anything to come back to.
And this was a 9 or 10-inch pipeline at 800PSI.
Sabal Trail wants to run a 36-inch pipeline at twice the pressure,
more than 20 times the gas.
Why should any of us accept that risk for Sabal Trail’s corner-cutting profit?
You should have seen the face
the Kinder Morgan rep on the spot pulled
when I mentioned Sabal Trail.
Now we can see spelled out what SONAT really thinks about their competitor,
including: Continue reading Needless risk through unnecessary crossings –SONAT to FERC about Sabal Trail
Marcellus Shale fracked methane through Atlantic Sunrise to Transco to Sabal Trail to TECO to Jaxport for LNG export?
And maybe an explanation for why Sempra Energy, like Spectra Energy,
donated to both GA Gov. Nathan Deal’s and AL Gov. Robert Bentley’s
Sempra apparently wants to export Marcellus Shale gas from Jacksonville,
and Sabal Trail is the proposed conduit for that through Alabama and Georgia
John Burr wrote for Jacksonville Business Journal 10 March 2014,
TECO Peoples Gas looks to expand natural gas pipeline to Jacksonville, Continue reading Sabal Trail to TECO to Jaxport for LNG export?
Would this U.S. Court of Appeals ruling mean FERC needs to
consider the cumulative effects of the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline
on the same properties as the existing SONAT pipeline?
And what about those
LNG export authorizations FERC has repeatedly
claimed it knows nothing about?
And how can FERC justify that project at all, given that
solar power is faster, cheaper, and far less environmentally damaging?
Katie Colaneri wrote for NPR 6 June 2014,
Court rules federal regulators must consider cumulative impacts of pipeline project,
Regulators violated federal law by not considering the cumulative
environmental impacts of multiple upgrades to a natural gas pipeline
that runs from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, a
federal appeals court
said on Friday.
Three environmental groups argued the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC) should not have been allowed to conduct an
environmental review for one expansion project on the Tennessee Gas
Pipeline without considering three other proposed upgrades on the
The U.S. Court of Appeals agreed.
The judges ruled that FERC failed “to include any meaningful
analysis of the cumulative impacts of the upgrade projects.”
The judges also found Continue reading FERC has to consider cumulative pipeline effects
Florida’s other Senator just intervened with FERC on behalf of
a landowner who has been trying to get reasonable solutions out
of Spectra Energy since at least December.
Sabal Trail is trying to force their unnecessary pipeline through
this Brooks County, Georgia property among others that already have a gas pipeline:
this one also already has an FPL power line.
Why should FPL get to deface anybody’s property for both a power line
and a pipeline while destroying wetlands and trees?
Why do we think this will be the last pipeline if it is allowed to go in?
As the Ryders ask,
“If this was your farm, how would you like it divided?”
How about not at all?
Filed with FERC 6 June 2014 as
Senator Marco Rubio submits comments re the Southeast Market Pipelines Project under PF14-1.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson intervened on behalf of Amelia Longley
back on 1 November 2013.
Cover letter Continue reading It seems that they just draw lines at random –James Ryder via Sen. Marco Rubio