Update 10 April 2016: And Moultrie, GA April 15th.
Trying to attract local support in counties where it wants compressor stations,
Sabal Trail is holding Contractor Fairs,
Look in the dictionary under chutzpah (insolence), and you’ll see Sabal Trail’s picture.
Two years ago in Gilchrist County, FL,
Sabal Trail admitted Continue reading Sabal Trail Contractor Fairs: Ocala, Live Oak, Albany →
Reciting from the standard pipeline playbook, Spectra has started suing landowners.
This while doughty rebels
defeated 34 aye to 128 nay easements to drill under Georgia rivers,
which could put a crimp in the Sabal “Sinkhole” Trail fracked methane boondoggle.
Can we the people beat the Mickey Mouse fossil fuel empire?
Paul Brinkmann, Orlando Sentinel, 22 March 2016,
Sabal Pipeline project files 160 eminent domain lawsuits,
The pipeline company insists that it already has federal and court
authority to seize the property under the Natural Gas Act. Sabal
claims its project must be under construction by June 21 and in
service, by May 1, 2017.
Sabal Trail pipeline
According to maps provided by the utilities, the Sabal pipeline
would come through the Four Corners area of northwestern Osceola
County, dip south of Walt Disney World property, cross Interstate 4
near Celebration and connect with a hub of pipelines just west of
Reunion Resort Golf Course.
The Greenpointe property is one of the biggest Continue reading The Empire Strikes Back: Spectra sues FL,GA,AL landowners →
A Sabal Trail Open House in
Albany, Dougherty County, GA Monday, then
Jasper, Hamilton County, FL Tuesday.
That’s the first two places in the route alternatives Sabal Trail just published.
Does that mean Trenton, Gilchrist County, FL Wednesday
and Kissimmee, Osceola County, FL Thursday?
There is no published Open House schedule on sabaltrailtransmission.com or ferc.gov,
so anybody who knows of more of these, let us know.
facebook event created today by Jen Maloney:
Sabal Trail “Open House”
Monday, October 20 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn Albany Hotel
101 S Front St, Albany, Georgia 31701
The picture is by Continue reading Sabal Trail in Albany, GA 2014-10-20 →
A FERC comment period ending 15 November 2014 seems to mean
Sabal Trail will miss its 31 October formal filing date.
No relief suggested for crossing the Withlacoochee River at the border
of Brooks and Lowndes Counties, Georgia (or inside Lowndes County
next to Valdosta, according to
several of the previous alternatives).
And every proposed path still crosses the Suwannee River
into Suwannee County.
Maybe that’s because
the Dougherty County Commission and
the Albany City Council actually stood up for
Gilchrist County (see Wacassassa Flats Alternative),
Suwannee County Commission
swallowed Sabal Trail disinformation and
the Lowndes County
Commission and the Valdosta City Council did
one letter from the Chairman)
one letter from one Council member).
There’s still time for Dougherty, Lowndes, and all the other
counties and cities
to pass ordinances, and to lobby state and federal agencies and
elected and appointed officials.
Oh, and there’s an election going on.
Also no mention of
Sabal Trail’s Jasper, Florida Open House,
5-7:30 Tuesday 21 October 2014, but STT’s newspaper notice said the public
is invited, so y’all come!
Filed with FERC today, 15 October 2014,
Supplemental Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environment Impact Statement for the Planned Southeast Market Pipeline Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues etc. re Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC under PF14-1.
No. PF14-1-000 Continue reading Sabal Trail Notice of EIS Intent and Route Alternatives →
A reporter for a major newspaper is calling Spectra on its safety record,
and calling Spectra’s responses “not good enough”!
After thirty years of Spectra safety promises, that’s putting it mildly.
A Maine resident put it this way after the Spectra’s Searsmont compressor blowout: “we were clearly lied to”.
Lauren Ritchie wrote for the Orlando Sentinel today,
Safety record of natural-gas pipeline partner raises concerns,
Spectra Energy Corp. along with FPL’s parent, NextEra Energy, would
bury the 473-mile Sabal Trail pipeline expected to carry 1 billion
cubic feet per day of natural gas to just south of Orlando in
Osceola County, where it would connect to another line for eventual
delivery to FPL in Martin County.
Spectra’s safety record, however, leaves something to be desired.
Take, for example, the company’s Texas Eastern pipeline, a
9,200-mile Spectra project connecting Texas with the markets in the
Between 2006 and 2013, the company had 21 “incidents” along the
line, causing Continue reading Methane pipeline safety record questioned –Lauren Ritchie →
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Valdosta, 16 March 2014 —
Florida forms the field for the pipeline fight this week, at
a Suwannee County Commissioners meeting and three FERC
Scoping Meetings. Plus later a SpectraBusters panel on the
FERC Scoping Meetings*:
This week’s calendar:
In Conjunction with:
Continue reading Fight the Fracking Pipeline in Florida →
“But this isn’t an issue just for tree-huggers.
It’s one that every person who uses water ought to latch on to,”
I added the links and the images below to what
Lauren Ritchie wrote in the Orlando Sentinel yesterday,
Move path for natural-gas pipeline to protect water supply,
Only a relatively small piece of a proposed natural-gas pipeline
that is to cross three states would come through a corner of south
Lake County, but the route is directly through one of the most
environmentally sensitive areas in Florida.
And, unfortunately, the pipeline is to be built by a company whose
safety record is hardly sterling and whose tendency is to stare
silently when asked questions about accidents.
I’d recognize the pipeline company from that description. Continue reading Water supply more important than methane pipeline –Lauren Ritchie →
If you can’t get to Kissimmee today, you can watch it live
on the Osceola County Commission’s website.
And if you can’t get to that one, the pipelines are coming up at four other county commission meetings in Georgia and Florida from today through next week.
In addition to
local landowner Monica Martin,
the local Thai temple will also speak,
Wat Florida Dhammaram,
Theravāda Buddhist Temple.
And that’s not all:
Noon today, Monday, 10 February 2014,
Colquitt County Commission on Sabal Trail pipeline at their Work Session.
5PM tomorrow, Tuesday, 11 February 2014,
Lowndes County Commission Meeting and Protest at their Regular Session.
7PM tomorrow, Tuesday, 11 February 2014,
Colquitt County Commission on Sabal Trail pipeline at their Regular Session.
5PM Thursday, 20 February 2014,
3 minutes a question at Gilchrist County Commission at their Regular Session.
Even many FPL allies oppose new methane pipelines,
because of water, safety, health, fracking, property values, and other issues,
and even county commissions in all three directly affected states
(Lee County, Alabama started way back in May 2014)
are having to respond to citizen concerns about unnecessary,
environmentally damaging, and property-taking methane pipelines.
Let’s go straight to solar and wind power!
FPL and Spectra could lose, because many organizations and individuals
don’t want dirty methane pipelines when we can go straight to conservation,
efficiency, and solar and wind power.
Kevin Spear wrote for the Orlando Sentinel
19 January 2014
Pipeline to bring natural gas to state,
Florida Power & Light Co. is on the cusp of getting the pipeline it
has long wanted to carry natural gas from elsewhere in the nation to
Central and South Florida to run the utility’s power plants.
But the proposed $3.6 billion project, which FPL hopes to start
using in 2017, has drawn mixed responses from even groups that are
Among them, Audubon Florida lauds natural gas as cleaner than coal
when burned by power plants, while
Sierra Club Florida opposes the
line as likely to ensure that the state becomes further addicted to
the fuel at the expense of developing solar power.
Other negative reactions include:
Contention by many environmentalists that the use of natural gas on
the whole — from drilling to consuming — is as damaging
to the environment as the use of coal.
Concerns that the route of the proposed pipeline is potentially
harmful to Florida wetlands and aquifers.
Criticism from some environmental groups that Continue reading Even many FPL allies oppose new methane pipelines →
Filed with FERC
18 November 2013:
James W Padgett, President
Olney-Alger Family Trust
42550 US Hwy 441 N
Okeechobee, FL 34972
November 7, 2013
Robert Sharra, Business Development
Florida Southeast Connection, LLC.
700 Universe Blvd
Juno Beach, FL 33408
Dear Mr. Sharra:
I am President, of Olney-Alger Family Trust Inc and represent
the interest of the Padgett Cemetery in Indian River County and the
Willis Cemetery in Osceola County. These two cemeteries are near the
proposed route of the Pipeline Project PF14-2.
Continue reading Land owners affected by this project are listed as private (confidential) –James W Padgett to FERC about cemeteries in path of PF14-2 Florida Southeast Connection →