100% funded by the industries it “regulates”,
but apparently there’s at least one independent judge left,
and FERC loses for persecuting the public it’s supposed to represent.
BXE, 30 August 2015,
Judge Faults FERC, Acquits Beyond Extreme Energy Activist,
A member of Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) who was arrested inside the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission building in May and charged
with illegal entry was declared not guilty last week (Aug. 20) in a
bench trial before Judge John F. McCabe Jr. in D.C. Superior Court.
In acquitting Laura Gubisch, Continue reading FERC loses: Judge acquits Beyond Extreme activist →
Natural gas is a bridge to nowhere, and Hawaii’s governor not only
rejects LNG imports, but also NextEra’s bid for its electric utility.
Can you read the writing on the wall now, NextEra and FPL?
Fossil fuels are done.
Solar power is the future here now.
Duane Shimogawa, Pacific Business News, 24 August 2015,
Gov. David Ige opposes Hawaii importing LNG, says state should focus on renewable energy, Continue reading No LNG and no NextEra for Hawaii: straight to renewable energy –Gov. Ige →
A Spectra compressor station in Pennsylvania blew oil over local crops in 2009,
and Pennsylvania fined Spectra $22,000 for that in 2010.
Spectra’s Andrea Grover told me in 2013 that everybody there was happy.
Mike Benard explained
actually that wasn’t the case.
Benard later wrote sage words:
Spectra Energy: Trust Facts Not Promises.
Better to stop Spectra’s Albany compressor station before it has a chance to spew.
Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, Press Release, 31 March 2010,
DEP Fines Steckman Ridge $22,000 for Air, Water Quality Violations:
Malfunctioning Compressor Discharged Industrial Oil to Surrounding Properties, Continue reading Spectra was fined for Steckman Ridge compressor blowout →
There will be another public comment period and a public hearing on
Sabal Trail’s latest air quality permit application, said
Eric Cornwell of GA-EPD just now by telephone. He also said:
“So far, nobody seems to want this thing. Usually somebody is
for jobs or taxes, but not this time. One of the first times I’ve
run into a situation where neither the residents nor the county
officials want it.”
I mentioned that more than a year ago in Gilchrist County, Florida,
Sabal Trail had admitted they had already Continue reading EPD will hold a public hearing about Sabal Trail compressor air quality permit →
If you had any doubt the fossil fuel industry wants to export fracked methane
to China, India, Korea, Japan, etc., from everywhere it can, read this article about
Cheniere Energy’s plans to export from Sabine Pass, Corpus Christi, and Freeport, Texas,
from Cameron Parish and Hackberry, Louisiana, and from Cove Point, Maryland.
“Train” as used here just means a method of shipment, apparently by pipeline.
Housley Carr, RBN Energy, 17 June 2015,
Begin The Sabine—Delivering Gas To The Lower 48’s First LNG
Export Terminal, Continue reading LNG trains to U.S. Gulf and East Coasts →
Twice in five years a sinkhole big enough to risk rerouting a road
appears in Lowndes County, Georgia, in the same fragile karst limestone
Valdosta limesink terrain Sabal Trail proposes to gouge through
What if a sinkhole drops under that pipeline, and, like FGT in 2013,
Sabal Trail declares force majeure and doesn’t pay?
See On the LAKE Front, 2015-08-06,
County and news media digging deeper on Shiloh sinkhole story, Continue reading New sinkhole in Lowndes County terrain Sabal Trail wants to gouge through →
Few taxes for “investors who receive fat yields” (such as Florida Gov. Rick Scott): that’s what Sabal Trail is for, as Spectra may be one of the bidders for Williams Company, of Transco and the Hillabee Expansion Project, where Sabal Trail aims to get its fracked methane.
Not any unproven “need” by Florida.
Not any nonexistant customers in Georgia.
Profit by a few fat cats headquartered in Houston, Texas,
plus Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
The end of this article is the bottom line (literally).
Mike Stone and Greg Roumeliotis, Reuters, 5 August 2015,
Exclusive: Energy Transfer advances in auction for Williams – sources,
Energy Transfer would be the latest MLP to propose using a
C-corporation as a way to maximize tax advantages, increase cash
flows and broaden institutional interest.
The sector had previously embraced the MLP structure because the tax
burden is passed through to investors who receive fat yields.
Because the partnership pays no taxes, it has a lower cost of
WMB was following the lead of Kinder Morgan, according to
Albert Alfonso, Seeking Alpha, 23 July 2015,
Energy Transfer Equity Enters The Auction For Williams, Continue reading Spectra a potential bidder for Williams Co. of Transco →
Will Spectra sue to avoid protecting gopher tortoises like it
challenged a fine for not protecting the western toad?
Here’s a comment on
We are outraged…:
As a resident of Dougherty county, Georgia, I feel it imperative
that I voice my opposition to the proposed path of the Sabal
pipeline through the property behind my home. The land where the
proposed pipeline is to be located is home to several endangered
species, as well as several areas of wetlands. In walking the
property during the winter months, we have seen
gopher tortoises, Continue reading Building the pipeline would endanger the quality of the ecosystem –Rosanne Lewis →
Yes, how about a public hearing run by GA-DNR where Sabal Trail actually
has to answer questions in public?
GA-DNR may not publish comments about that proposed Sabal Trail air quality permit, deadline August 7th, but we asked for citizens to copy SpectraBusters for publication, and this one did.
From: Sarah Phillips
Date: August 4, 2015 at 2:26:52 PM EDT
Subject: Application #23350
Mr. Cornwell, I am a resident of Dougherty County, and we own the
land behind our house through which Sabal Trail proposes to clearcut a wide swath to run their natural gas pipeline. These 800 acres
are a habitat for several gopher tortoises, a few pileated
woodpeckers, wild turkey, ducks and deer. We have wetlands and wet
weather ponds. We are good stewards of this land, and we treasure
it. We are outraged about a proposed gas pipeline cutting through
Dougherty County is the only Continue reading We are outraged about a proposed gas pipeline cutting through our property!! –Sarah Phillips to GA-DNR →
County attorneys are paid to be cautious.
County and city Commissioners are elected to represent the people.
Which will Albany and Dougherty County listen to about unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous pipelines like Sabal Trail?
Albany Herald, 4 August 2014,
LOCAL GOVERNMENT 101: Albany’s municipal government based on charter, codes,
Dougherty County officials, who represent residents outside the city
limits, say municipalities like Albany have more governmental
flexibility in that they are not completely bound by state mandates.
But Albany’s city attorney says that is not exactly accurate.
“The state has the authority to preempt any local laws other
than zoning,” Nathan Davis says. “If state law ‘moves
into an area’ — such as the fireworks law that went into
effect in July — municipalities must have a local ordinance
that matches the state law.
“There has been in our community a call by some to create an
ordinance that would impact the ultimate decision of whether that
(Sabal Trail Transmission) pipeline is allowed Continue reading Albany, GA attorney missing the point about ordinance against pipelines →