can march from VSU, go to this protest at the Sabal Trail office in Valdosta (facebook event), and onwards to
the Sabal Trail Open House in Jasper, FL, all today.
Joe Adgie wrote for the VDT 21 October 2104,
Sabal pipeline protest today,
VALDOSTA — Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy will be
protesting the proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline today.
The protest will be located on the corner of Park Avenue and
Patterson Street from 4-5 p.m.
The VDT neglected to mention that that’s Sabal Trail’s Valdosta office address,
Sabal Trail opened back in December. Continue reading Sabal pipeline protest today –VDT
A FERC comment period ending 15 November 2014 seems to mean
Sabal Trail will miss its 31 October formal filing date.
No relief suggested for crossing the Withlacoochee River at the border
of Brooks and Lowndes Counties, Georgia (or inside Lowndes County
next to Valdosta, according to
several of the previous alternatives).
And every proposed path still crosses the Suwannee River
into Suwannee County.
Maybe that’s because
the Dougherty County Commission and
the Albany City Council actually stood up for
Gilchrist County (see Wacassassa Flats Alternative),
Suwannee County Commission
swallowed Sabal Trail disinformation and
the Lowndes County
Commission and the Valdosta City Council did
one letter from the Chairman)
one letter from one Council member).
There’s still time for Dougherty, Lowndes, and all the other
counties and cities
to pass ordinances, and to lobby state and federal agencies and
elected and appointed officials.
Oh, and there’s an election going on.
Also no mention of
Sabal Trail’s Jasper, Florida Open House,
5-7:30 Tuesday 21 October 2014, but STT’s newspaper notice said the public
is invited, so y’all come!
Filed with FERC today, 15 October 2014,
Supplemental Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environment Impact Statement for the Planned Southeast Market Pipeline Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues etc. re Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC under PF14-1.
No. PF14-1-000 Continue reading Sabal Trail Notice of EIS Intent and Route Alternatives
Dr. Michael Noll posted in a
Join us at the corner of Park Avenue and Patterson Street for a protest against Sabal Trail Pipeline this Tuesday, September 9, 4-5 pm! (You can find parking in the back of the building.)
He added: Continue reading Protest at Sabal Trail Pipeline Valdosta office
What company prints its sustainability report on wind-powered paper,
yet pipes a greenhouse gas
20 times worse than CO2?
Yep, it’s Spectra Energy, also bragging about how
respectful they are to Sabal Trail “stakeholders”.
Selling fracked methane through a 36-inch pipe in a hundred-foot gash
through forests and wetlands with a thousand-foot explosive radius
is like selling cigarettes and claiming you’re for good health.
Tobacco companies can’t get away with that any more,
and why should fossil fuel companies?
On the very last page of a 16-page report,
2013 Sustainability Highlights Report,
Spectra Energy says:
This paper is manufactured using clean, renewable
wind-power energy and carbon offsets for additional savings.
That’s the only mention of wind or renewable energy in the document,
while solar power is not mentioned even once.
And look at Spectra’s Purpose on page 2: Continue reading Sustainable Spectra? Like healthy cigarettes?
Stop the Sabal Trail Pipeline, says the billboard on Bemiss Road in Valdosta,
reports Michael G. Noll.
This billboard was organized by
WACE. Continue reading Stop the Sabal Trail Pipeline –Billboard in Valdosta
Given months to find them, all FERC could come up with
for orders denying certificates was for two liquid natural
gas (LNG) facilities.
Each did have an associated pipeline request,
but neither was for a stand-alone pipeline application.
I do thank John Peconom and Kevin Bowman for providing these
However, really, is this all there is?
I asked John Peconom of FERC for a list of denied pipeline
applications at the
Moultrie makeup Sabal Trail Open House 27 January 2014,
and again after the
Valdosta FERC Scoping Meeting 4 March 2014,
and each time Peconom said he would get me a list,
including the actual orders denying some pipelines.
Moultrie FERC Scoping Meeting 5 March 2014,
I pointed out to the hundred-or-so attendees that
I still hadn’t gotten a list.
After the Moultrie meeting, Kevin Bowman of FERC
gave me a slip of paper with this written on it:
Turtle Bayou Gas
Then John Peconom of FERC sent me an email message with these two links
in it: Continue reading Orders Denying Certificates
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Valdosta, 2 March 2014 —
SpectraBusters invites everyone to take the pipeline bull by
the horns this week in Albany, Valdosta, or Moultrie, at
your only chances in Georgia to testify in front of the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about Spectra
Energy’s proposed Sabal Trail Transmission fracked
methane pipeline. Plus SpectraBusters will hold a panel on
the issues afterwards.
FERC Scoping Meetings:
This week’s calendar:
In Conjunction with:
FERC Scoping Meetings:
We hear these FERC Scoping
meetings will all have the same format:
representatives will be present.
at the podium
one by one and have what they say transcribed by a court
recorder for the Commission’s administrative
The community likes to visit that building, with signs and chants.
Winnie Anne Wright
wrote for WCTV yesterday,
Sabal Trail Transmission Opens Office in Valdosta,
Valdosta—Agents representing three counties affected by the
Sabal Trail Natural Gas Pipeline will occupy the new office on North
The Valdosta office is not the first office on the pipeline’s route.
Susan Waller, with spectra energy says there are multiple offices in
communities that are hosting the pipeline project.
“Having a local office for Sabal Trail really gives us the
opportunity to be closer to the community. The residents and the
different land owners that are affected by this, in the study
corridor, I think it gives them an opportunity to get to know our
representatives, and I do believe it improves and enhances our
relationship with the community”, says Waller.
And the community
still has many unanswered questions.
visited that building at 2010 North Patterson Street,
also home of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority (VLCIA),
to protest a proposed biomass plant in 2011
and a proposed private prison in 2012.
Both times, the protesters won.
Mike Benard sent this today to Spectra’s Andrea Grover,
copied to a long list of news media and local, state, and federal
elected and appointed officials and employees.
For local background, see
Spectra reps unfamiliar with Spectra fines @ LCC 2013-12-09.
Those of us property owners who are already Spectra Energy
“stakeholders” (the company’s term), want Spectra Energy to be the
best it can be, consistent with its publicly stated commitment to
Stakeholder Engagement, Integrity, Transparency, and
To that end, and regarding your activities as a “Director of
Stakeholder Outreach” on behalf of Spectra Energy’s proposed Sabal
Trail pipeline, property owners in Georgia report that you are
asserting the following at public meetings:
You assert that property owners at
Spectra Energy’s Steckman Ridge compressor facility in Bedford
County, PA are “happy” despite ongoing problems there and a
consistent lack of response from Spectra Energy to its
- FACT: I speak for more than a dozen families who
live next to or near the problematic compressor facility; and your
statement is incorrect and misleading. What facts do you have
to support such a disingenuous allegation? A ring of health,
water and operational complaints surround this facility that began
operations in 2009. Based on unofficial record keeping by
neighbors, there have been nearly 60 shutdowns, blowdowns and
related incidents at the Steckman Ridge compressor station and
underground natural gas storage facility between August 2009 and
the present. And there is much more, as you know.
• You assert that uncontrolled
releases of methane and other hydrocarbons that happen too
frequently at the Steckman Ridge compressor facility are
“normal.” Let’s hope not. Your assertion is
uninformed and misleading.
- FACT: Recall the March 9-10 incident Continue reading Spectra Energy — Be the Best it Can Be –Mike Benard