Sabal Trail strikes back, claiming trespassing on your property for surveying
isn’t a taking of your property rights, and pretending that wouldn’t lead to taking of property rights through eminent domain.
Filed with FERC 1 December 2014 as
Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC submits Response to Recent Correspondence under PF14-1.
SABAL TRAIL TRANSMISSION, LLC
5400 Westheimer Court
Houston, TX 77056
December 1, 2014
Ms. Kimberly D. Bose
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20426
Re: Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, Docket No. PF14-1-000
Response to Recent Correspondence
Dear Ms. Bose:
In a recent filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission”),
20141119-5122, Ms. Sandra Y. Jones alleged that Spectra Energy and Sabal Trail land agents have
“threatened eminent domain” against homeowners along the
proposed Sabal Trail route. Sabal Trail and Spectra Energy take
these Continue reading Sabal Trail Strikes Back
A Colquitt County resident spelled out a series of eminent domain threats
to her, plus the background of the infamous Stewart County eminent domain ruling Sabal Trail has used to threaten landowners in other counties.
Filed with FERC 19 November 2014 as
Protest of Sandra Y Jones under PF14-1 (PDF),
Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners:
an interview with Spectra’s Andrea Grover in
today’s Valdosta Daily Times newspaper requires a response from an
impacted landowner and please note that I am only one of possibly
over a thousand in the same position. Ms. Grover asserts that
allegations from homeowners that surveyors threatened eminent domain
on their properties
“hard to believe.”
Grover may be right that surveyors have not threatened eminent
domain, but Spectra Energy and Sabal Trail land agents certainly
have. In the second letter I received from this company dated
September 16, 2013 (see attachments) requesting my signature for
permission to survey my two tracts of land, the use of Georgia
“We hope you understand Continue reading My Thanksgiving prize was an eminent domain threat from Sabal Trail –Sandra Jones to FERC
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
Spectra’s Andrea Grover admitted trees don’t grow back fast,
a “need to draw that line in the sand” and “we’re now moving forward”.
This is the kind of “working with the landowners and the communities”
that the Valdosta Daily Times found when it went to the local Sabal Trail office.
STT plans to file with FERC at the end of October.
But Spectra’s Andrea Grover admitted they need complete survey data,
and Sabal Trail admitted they have no Georgia customers,
which means they have no Georgia eminent domain,
so every landowner who refuses is indeed putting a crimp into Spectra’s
fracked methane pipeline.
Matthew Woody wrote for the VDT 27 July 2014,
Sabal Trail explains its position, Continue reading Sabal Trail admits environmental destruction to Valdosta newspaper
Here’s how Spectra’s VP of Stakeholder Outreach Susan Waller
her assertion quoted in the Valdosta Daily Times Tuesday.
“I want stakeholders to talk to us. They have to ask the
questions so we can answer them,” Waller said. “Keep
talking. Don’t shut down.”
When I asked the FERC representatives at the Madison County meeting
how to get Spectra to answer questions,
file comments with FERC.
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
No more, “It caught me off guard.”
Landowners are warned now about that pipeline that would cut a 100 foot wide
gash through here.
Matthew Woody on the front page of the VDT today,
Residents opposed to natural gas pipeline:
Concerns about tactics, property damage,
Many landowning residents along the pipeline are either feeling
uninformed, or intimidated by Sabal Trail.
Larry Rodgers of Valdosta owns 900 acres in south Lowndes and he
allowed Sabal Trail on his property to survey.
“I received a call from a lady, I think her name was Becky,
down in Clearwater, Fla., requesting access to my property, and I
allowed it,” Rodgers said. “I allowed them to, and I
can’t tell you why I did. It caught me off guard. I wasn’t fully
aware of all of the facts about the pipeline like I am now, and if I
knew then what I know now, I certainly would not have allowed them
Rodgers explained that he allowed Sabal Trail access to survey his
property because he did not know a lot about the pipeline. But what
made matters worse, Continue reading Landowners oppose intimidation and threats from Sabal Trail