The pipeline companies are in cahoots to export through all our lands. Beware especially Suwannee, Columbia, Bradford, and Clay Counties, Florida. Beware Atlantic coastal Georgia, the same Kinder Morgan (KMI) of the Palmetto petroleum products Project to Jacksonville wants to push fracked methane to Jacksonville, apparently for export. Beware Alabama, Georgia, and Florida on the proposed path of Sabal Trail: This new Florida project could ship Sabal Trail fracked methane to Jaxport for LNG export.
In March 2014 TECO Peoples Gas announced intention to ship fracked methane to Jacksonville, which the Jacksonville Business Journal interpreted as for export, since Jaxport was already gearing up for LNG export. The Jax Bus Journal article didn’t name the source pipelines, but the descriptions of where they would get their gas left little doubt that two of them would be FGT (50% Kinder Morgan) and Gulfstream (50% Spectra Energy, 50% Williams Co.) and soon Sabal Trail (was 50% Spectra Energy and 50% NextEra parent of FPL, and now 7.5% Duke Energy) through Transco (100% Williams Co.) from the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline (Williams Co.) in Pennsylvania.
KMI subsidiary Florida Gas Transmission, LLC on 31 March 2015, in Accession Number 20150331-5692, “submits its its Certificate Application re the Jacksonville Expansion Project, under CP15-144.” FERC responded 13 April 2015 in Accession Number: 20150413-3014, “Notice of Florida Gas Transmission, LLC’s 3/31/15 filing of an application requesting authorization to construct, own, and operate approximately 3.0 miles of 30-inch mainline loop extension (Branford Loop) etc under CP15-144.”
Here’s the connection to TECO Peoples Gas’ previous announcement:
Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC (“FGT”) hereby submits for filing this Section 7(c) request for Authorization for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct, own, and operate facilities consisting of approximately 3.0 miles of 30-inch mainline looping, one new 5,000 horsepower compressor unit at Compressor Station 16, re-wheeling of an existing turbine compressor unit, approximately 5.7 miles of 20-inch looping on the Jacksonville Lateral, and appurtenant/auxiliary facilities, all located in Suwannee, Columbia, Bradford, and Clay Counties, Florida, to support the Peoples Gas System, a division of Tampa Electric Company (“PGS”) service expansion utilizing existing volumes pursuant to FGT’s rate Schedule FTS-3.
In case there was any doubt Sabal Trail fracked methane would go to Jaxport, see Accession Number 20150331-5692, “Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC submits its its Certificate Application re the Jacksonville Expansion Project, under CP15-144,” second document, Exhibit I, Market Data, Precedent Agreement, pages 8 and 9:
In the event Sabal Trail Transmission LLC (“Sabal”) requests and constructs an interconnection with Transporter relating to the Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC project, Transporter shall provide access to such delivery point to Shipper, in accordance with the Commission’s open access policies as reflected in Section 21 of the GT&C of Transporter’s Tariff in the quantity identified in Attachment 1, Section II as “Service Effective with In-Service Date of Sabal Trail Transmission LLCI” The provision of the Sahel interconnection is conditioned upon all open access and other Tariff requirements and upon all approvals, including appropriate certificate authorization by FERC, and shall be effectuated in the future by either an amendment to the exhibits to the Initial Service agreement or Expansion Service (depending on the completion date of the interconnect) or separate agreement. The parties understand that Sabal, as requester of the interconnect, will be responsible for the cost of the interconnection and the installation thereof and that neither Transporter nor Shipper will have responsibility for these costs.
FERC set a ridiculously short three-week commment period, but you can still move to intervene; here’s how. Just substitute Docket Number CP15-144 and file a motion out-of-time. Motions to Intervene have already been filed by FPL, Duke Energy Florida, Peoples Gas System, Pivotal Utility Holdings, Inc. dba Florida City Gas, JEA, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida requested “direct government-to-government consultation with the FERC”.
Remember, FPL and JEA already own 1 of the four units at Plant Scherer, the country’s dirtiest coal plant, near Macon, GA. Now apparently they and KMI want to damage Georgia’s (and Alabama’s and Florida’s) environment and property values by sucking fracked methane through Sabal Trail to Jacksonville.
Here’s the full FERC notice.
Docket No. CP15-144-000 –
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
Florida Gas Transmission, LLC Docket No. CP15-144-000
NOTICE OF APPLICATION
(April 13, 2015)
Take notice that on March 31, 2015 Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC (FGT), 1300 Main St., Houston, Texas 77002, filed in Docket No. CP15-144-000, an application pursuant to section 7(c) of the Commission’s Regulations under the Natural Gas Act and Parts 157 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission) regulations requesting authorization to construct, own, and operate: 1) approximately 3.0 miles of 30-inch mainline loop extension (Branford Loop); 2) one new reciprocating 5,000 horsepower compressor unit and building at Compressor Station (CS) 16; 3) re-wheel an existing turbine compressor unit at CS 16; 4) approximately 5.7 miles of 20-inch loop extension (Jacksonville Loop); and 5) a new regulator station and appurtenant auxiliary facilities, all known as its Jacksonville Expansion Project. The project will provide an initial 60,000 MMBtu/d, and an expansion of 15,000 MMBtu/d of firm transportation to two existing delivery points for Peoples Gas System (PGS), a division of Tampa Electric Company all in Suwanee, Bradford, Columbia and Clay Counties, Florida, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. This filing may be viewed on the web at http://www.ferc.gov using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (886)208-3676 or TYY, (202) 502-8659.
Any questions regarding this Application should be directed to Stephen Veatch, Senior Director of Certificates & Reporting, Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC, 1300 Main St., Houston, Texas, 77002, or call (713) 989-2024, or fax (713) 989-1205, or via eMail email@example.com.
Pursuant to section 157.9 of the Commission’s rules, 18 CFR 157.9, within 90 days of this Notice the Commission staff will either: complete its environmental assessment (EA) and place it into the Commission’s public record (eLibrary) for this proceeding; or issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review. If a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review is issued, it will indicate, among other milestones, the anticipated date for the Commission staff’s issuance of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) or EA for this proposal. The filing of the EA in the Commission’s public record for this proceeding or the issuance of a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review will serve to notify federal and state agencies of the timing for the completion of all necessary reviews, and the subsequent need to complete all federal authorizations within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff’s FEIS or EA.
There are two ways to become involved in the Commission’s review of this project. First, any person wishing to obtain legal status by becoming a party to the proceedings for this project should, on or before the comment date stated below, file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426, a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.214 or 385.211) and the Regulations under the NGA (18 CFR 157.10). A person obtaining party status will be placed on the service list maintained by the Secretary of the Commission and will receive copies of all documents filed by the applicant and by all other parties. A party must submit 7 copies of filings made with the Commission and must mail a copy to the applicant and to every other party in the proceeding. Only parties to the proceeding can ask for court review of Commission orders in the proceeding.
However, a person does not have to intervene in order to have comments considered. The second way to participate is by filing with the Secretary of the Commission, as soon as possible, an original and two copies of comments in support of or in opposition to this project. The Commission will consider these comments in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but the filing of a comment alone will not serve to make the filer a party to the proceeding. The Commission’s rules require that persons filing comments in opposition to the project provide copies of their protests only to the party or parties directly involved in the protest.
Persons who wish to comment only on the environmental review of this project should submit an original and two copies of their comments to the Secretary of the Commission. Environmental commenter’s will be placed on the Commission’s environmental mailing list, will receive copies of the environmental documents, and will be notified of meetings associated with he Commission’s environmental review process. Environmental commenter’s will not be required to serve copies of filed documents on all other parties. However, the non-party commentary, will not receive copies of all documents filed by other parties or issued by the Commission (except for the mailing of environmental documents issued by the Commission) and ill not have the right to seek court review of the Commission’s final order.
The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426. See, 18 CFR 385.2001(a) (1) (iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s web site under the "e-Filing" link.
Comment Date: May 4, 2015
Kimberly D. Bose,
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