Anybody who thought FERC would do a real
Draft Environmental Impact Statement is disappointed.
But they shouldn’t be surprised: FERC, 100% funded by the industries they
“regulate”, is a rubberstamp machine. But that’s no reason to give up.
It’s reason to stand up, and take advantage of many more opportunities to stop the unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous Sabal Trail pipeline and get on with renewable solar and wind power.
Carlton Fletcher, Albany Herald, 13 September 2015,
FERC Sabal Trail ruling comes amidst protest:
Group holds fasting vigil outside federal agency’s offices,
ALBANY — Even as a group started a fast in front of the
agency’s Washington, D.C., offices and questions arose in Florida
over the safety record of Spectra Energy, the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission made it clear this week that it had no
intention of standing in the way of construction of the proposed
Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
Local opponents Continue reading FERC sides with Sabal Trail in DEIS: Surprise! →
No new pipelines, fracking, or LNG export.
Solar, wind, and water power now, say health professionals from all over
JLStewCT, BXE, 1 September 2015,
More Than 80 Health Professionals Demand Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Stop Unethical Experiment
Washington, DC — In an open letter to the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC), more than eighty health professionals
urge the FERC to stop permitting oil and gas infrastructure and to
move to clean sustainable sources of energy to protect the health of
people and the planet. The construction of oil and gas projects such
as unconventional fracking, pipelines, compressor stations and
export terminals which pollute with cancer and disease-causing
chemicals is akin to an uncontrolled health experiment that is
destroying communities and risking lives of residents. These
projects also harm the workers who build and maintain them. For the
health of all who are involved, health professionals demand that
this unethical ‘experiment’ stop.
All that and pipelines risk the Floridan Aquifer which is the
source of our drinking water in Florida and south Georgia.
The FERC is Continue reading Stop permitting fossil fuels; move to solar and wind –health professionals to FERC →
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 →
FERC doesn’t follow
its own rules requiring public benefits for pipelines,
so it’s not surprising it doesn’t follow
its own rules on public meetings.
This time FERC is well into lawsuit territory.
Anne Meador and John Zangas, DC Media Group, 14 May 2015,
Dozens Denied Access to FERC Public Meeting,
Federal Protective Services took extraordinary measures to prevent
disruption of the Commission meeting by planned protests, barring
access to about 30 members of the public. FPS also banned the use of
recording devices, brushing aside FERC’s own rule expressly
permitting it. Two people were escorted out of the meeting room,
five detained and three arrested.
That’s arrested for exercising their First Amendment
“right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”, not to mention Continue reading FERC blocks people from attending and recording open meeting →
FERC can’t face the heat!
But the rubberstamp machine can’t hide, either.
It’s a safe bet protesters will be there at the new date.
Alex Guillén, Politico, 8 May 2015,
FERC moves May meeting to avoid protestors,
ATTENTION FERC WORLD — MAY MEETING MOVED UP TO AVOID PROTESTS:
FERC has moved up its monthly May meeting at the recommendation of
federal law enforcement in order to avoid planned large-scale
protests. The commissioner’s regularly scheduled monthly public
meeting had been slated to take place on May 21, but because of
plans for protest actions involving potentially hundreds of people,
FERC has moved up the meeting to next Thursday, May 14. The decision
was made after a recommendation from the Federal Protective Service
“to better ensure the safety of its staff and the public
during the protests planned for May 21 at FERC headquarters,”
FERC spokesman Craig Cano wrote in an email.
About the protests: An umbrella group called
Beyond Extreme Energy
that charges FERC is Continue reading FERC running scared of protesters moves meeting date up to 14 May 2015 →