Sabal Trail has not met its burden of proof of need,
and its pipeline would be hazardous to environment
and safety, resolved the Dougherty County Commission Monday.
And now news media call it the “the pipeline fight” and the “controversial pipeline”.
Visitors to Albany tell me people now bring up the pipeline unprompted
very bad media week for Sabal Trail continues to get worse this week.
Franklin White, WFXL, 27 October 2014,
Another step in the pipeline fight,
Continue reading Dougherty County passed a resolution against the Sabal Trail pipeline
Officials say in the past year they’ve written four letters to Sabal
Trails on behalf of Dougherty County citizens and businesses.
They say after the September meeting when Sabal Trail officials came
to Dougherty County to explain why they chose SWGA to build the
pipeline, County Commissioners found pipeline would do more harm
Dougherty County Attorney Spencer Lee says, “they found there is no
need for it and it’s likely to harm the environment and our
socio-economic and culture activities.”
A Spectra is haunting New England and the Canadian Maritimes,
as well as the U.S. southeast,
seeking every market
for its fracked methane pipelines,
sliming lands along the way.
Local media are starting to pay attention to the big picture,
not just the local hauntings, such as
Sabal Trail Transmission 36-inch 100-foot right of way
gash through the southeast.
Spectra didn’t say, but those markets could include LNG export from
Excelerate Energy’s Northeast Gateway in Massachusetts Bay
or the proposed
Goldboro LNG export terminal in Nova Scotia.
If LNG export happens, the price of “natural” gas in the U.S. and Canada
will go up.
WALB TV in Albany, GA ran this PR from Spectra Energy 1 July 2014,
Spectra Energy Announces Plans to Further Expand New England Pipeline Systems; Continue reading WALB in Albany, GA notices New England Spectra pipeline plans
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
Spectra is claiming to have learned lessons from their safety record
previously repeatedly claimed they were not familiar with.
Josh Rhoden reported for WALB 3 and 4 March 2014,
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds pipeline hearing,
Guenevere Perry and her mother Dianne came out to Monday night’s
meeting, they’re worried about the effect the pipeline may have on
their property value.
“Some of the concerns that would be more imminent to citizens in the
area would be property value,” said Guenevere Perry.
Critics say Spectra energy, one of the companies involved in the
project, has had three major explosions in Oklahoma, Canada, and
Nebraska. But Andrea Grover with the Sabal Trail Project insists
spectra has a good track record.
“Spectra energy really has a good safety record, we have the best in
the industry, we take a lot of lessons learned and apply them to our
programs,” said Andrea Grover, Sabal Trail Transmission.
So now she’s familiar with Spectra’s safety record after for months she wasn’t?
When did Spectra learn all these lessons, and when Continue reading Sabal Trail same old at Albany FERC Scoping Meeting
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