Have Dougherty and Colquitt County sold us out to Sabal Trail? Sabal Trail’s FERC filing seems to say so.
One day after Transco’s Hillabee, Sabal Trail filed CP15-17 21 November 2014 in ten submissions with dozens of PDF files. So Andrea Grover’s “sometime later this year” turns out to be today.
The first submission alone is 581 pages, none of which mention any of the words solar or photovoltaic, nor LNG or export, according to a PDF search. A search for privileged finds that, though.
The letter of filing does include a warning that much of the other information is:
CONTAINS PRIVILEGED INFORMATION — DO NOT RELEASE
So FERC continues to act as protector of Sabal Trail’s proprietary information regardless of the need to know of the affected public.
Pages 580 and 581 are a copy of the notice of application, ending:
Comment Date: 5:00 pm Eastern Time on (insert date).
And what will FERC do with your comments on “(insert date)”?
Accession Number: 20141121-5032, “Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC submits its Abbreviated Application for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Related Authorizations for the Sabal Trail Project – Volumes I, III, and IV under CP15-17”, claims Sabal Trail has agreements with FPL and Duke Energy to buy almost all the fracked methane. And once again with no mention of solar, photovoltaic, LNG, or export.
Plus this ominous paragraph:
In addition to the agreements referenced above, Sabal Trail has had discussions with a number of potential shippers and end-users in Alabama and Georgia. In this connection, Sabal Trail has agreed to install two side-taps on its Mainline Facilities to support and facilitate future growth and natural gas utilization for the member cities of the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia (“MGAG”). MGAG is the largest non-profit natural gas joint action agency in the United States, serving 78 members in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. MGAG currently has seven member cities within 15 miles of Sabal Trail’s proposed pipeline route in southwest Georgia and has identified Dougherty and Colquitt Counties as having the greatest potential to need additional gas supplies in the future. Sabal Trail will install a side-tap on its system in each of these counties to help facilitate future interconnections. The installation of side- taps during the initial construction of the Sabal Trail Project will facilitate MGAG’s access to gas supplies without interruption to transportation services provided to the existing shippers. The exact locations of the side-taps have not yet been identified and Sabal Trail will provide that information when determined.
Dougherty County, Colquitt County, do you know what your MGAG is doing?
D. Benefits Associated with the Project Outweigh the Adverse Effects.
Because Sabal Trail has attended all those Open Houses and Scoping Meetings, they think you the landowners and local taxpayers are just outweighed adverse effects. Do you agree? Is Florida’s alleged “need” for fracked methane enough to outweigh taking your land, water, or taxes?
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I was wondering what they might be up to when I saw mention of providing gas through sidetaps. Will Albany and Moultrie municipal government officials take this bribe and ignore the property rights and environmental health of their constituents? Has that already happened?