In a letter Sabal Trail sent to multiple Florida county commissions,
the most important point is “We… are on track to place the pipeline in-service by May 1, 2017.”
Important to Spectra Energy, because if they slip that date they could forfeit a $200 million bond and possibly the contract for the project, and they’re having some problems with that, since despite what they imply they do not have all the permits they need.
Then there are those glossed over in passing, such as
“with certain conditions” and Continue reading Sabal Trail wants to proceed →
Why should we accept any risk from a pipeline company
that has repeatedly claimed not to be familiar with
the public record of its long list of corrosion, leaks, and explosions?
A pipeline company that has claimed land values wouldn’t be affected?
That it’s “hard to believe” its own law firm sent threats of eminent domain
to landowners, despite copies of those letters being sent to newspapers and FERC?
That Georgia counties need its gas, after those same counties
had already passed
resolutions wanting Sabal Trail’s pipeline out of their county and state?
A pipeline company that claims the Sunshine State needs its gas
when its own figures show half the acreage could produce just as much
Why should anybody in Albama, Georgia, or Florida accept any risk from
that company from Houston, Texas?
Sabal Trail claimed
theirs is a safe company and leaks and explosions seldom happen,
confronted on-camera with a list of incidents. Continue reading Would you buy a used car from Sabal Trail? →
What company prints its sustainability report on wind-powered paper,
yet pipes a greenhouse gas
20 times worse than CO2?
Yep, it’s Spectra Energy, also bragging about how
respectful they are to Sabal Trail “stakeholders”.
Selling fracked methane through a 36-inch pipe in a hundred-foot gash
through forests and wetlands with a thousand-foot explosive radius
is like selling cigarettes and claiming you’re for good health.
Tobacco companies can’t get away with that any more,
and why should fossil fuel companies?
On the very last page of a 16-page report,
2013 Sustainability Highlights Report,
Spectra Energy says:
This paper is manufactured using clean, renewable
wind-power energy and carbon offsets for additional savings.
That’s the only mention of wind or renewable energy in the document,
while solar power is not mentioned even once.
And look at Spectra’s Purpose on page 2: Continue reading Sustainable Spectra? Like healthy cigarettes? →
Two hours of first questions from a citizens committee
with Spectra’s reps expected to answer right there in
front of everybody, then questions from locals and people
from many counties around, including attorneys representing
landowners and other county commissions cross-examining
Spectra on the spot.
The Chairman of the Gilchrist County Commission said
there was a general opinion among the populace that
they were asking specific questions and getting only
Congratulations, Chairman, Commission, staff, Committee,
and everyone who asked questions for showing the world
how it’s done, and for exposing Spectra’s evasions to
Brian Fahrenthold (Spectra), Pete Butts (Citizen Committee), Bobby Crosby (County Administrator),
Stephanie Denardo (WUFT),
David M. Lang Jr. (County Attorney), Gilchrist County Commission, County Clerk, and more Spectra reps in foreground
You’ll see for yourself in the videos of the whole thing.
Almost all: so much both camera batteries ran down,
and it took a bit to find a plug.
One of the citizen committee questions was about Spectra’s safety
Brian Fahrenthold assured the commission that Continue reading Real questions at Gilchrist County Commission →
This victory for landowners against eminent domain by an out-of-state
company for the Keystone XL oil pipeline is relevant
to the Sabal Trail methane pipeline,
which is just as big a boondoggle for remote companies
at the expense of local landowners and taxpayers.
Alison Sider and
wrote for WSJ yesterday,
Nebraska Judge Blocks Governor’s Keystone XL Decision:
Court Decision a Victory for Opponents of the Pipeline Project
A Nebraska judge ruled Wednesday the law allowing the controversial
Keystone XL oil pipeline to be built across the state is
unconstitutional, a move that could further delay the project.
Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy sided with
three landowners who argued Nebraska’s governor shouldn’t be able to
sign off on the pipeline’s route. The governor, Republican Dave
Heineman, was handed that power in a law the state Legislature
hastily passed in 2012. But the court ruled that under the state’s
constitution, only Nebraska’s Public Service Commission could
approve such a pipeline route.
The judge ruled the Legislature overstepped its bounds and the
governor’s approval “must be declared null and void,” because it was
based on an unconstitutional law.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, who defended the law in
court, said he would appeal the decision.
Georgia’s Public Service Commission hasn’t approved any route for
Spectra’s Sabal Trail methane pipeline, and I don’t think Alabama’s has,
TransCanada said it was disappointed Continue reading Judge strikes Nebraska Keystone XL pipeline law →
Spectra Energy refuses to say much about
a compressor station leak in Maine, much like the one in Pennsylvania
in March 2013.
Spectra’s Susan Waller did offer that in a real emergency
everyone would have been evacuated.
Who wants that next to the five compressor stations
Spectra proposes along the Sabal Trail Transmission pipeline
it wants to gouge through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida?
Abigail Curtis wrote for Bangor Daily News 15 January 2014,
‘The most terrifying experience’: Residents question safety in wake of malfunction at Searsmont natural gas pipeline station,
First came the noise late New Year’s Eve at the Searsmont natural
gas pipeline compressor station, so loud that it caused nearby homes
to shake and some residents, frightened by the jet-engine-like roar,
to pack up their cars and flee for the night.
Then came the questions, as some members of the normally quiet rural
community wondered how safe — or dangerous — it is to
live so close to the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline facility. The
station was shut down for Continue reading “The most terrifying experience”: Spectra blows another compressor station →
Mike Benard sent this today to Spectra’s Andrea Grover,
copied to a long list of news media and local, state, and federal
elected and appointed officials and employees.
For local background, see
Spectra reps unfamiliar with Spectra fines @ LCC 2013-12-09.
Those of us property owners who are already Spectra Energy
“stakeholders” (the company’s term), want Spectra Energy to be the
best it can be, consistent with its publicly stated commitment to
Stakeholder Engagement, Integrity, Transparency, and
To that end, and regarding your activities as a “Director of
Stakeholder Outreach” on behalf of Spectra Energy’s proposed Sabal
Trail pipeline, property owners in Georgia report that you are
asserting the following at public meetings:
You assert that property owners at
Spectra Energy’s Steckman Ridge compressor facility in Bedford
County, PA are “happy” despite ongoing problems there and a
consistent lack of response from Spectra Energy to its
- FACT: I speak for more than a dozen families who
live next to or near the problematic compressor facility; and your
statement is incorrect and misleading. What facts do you have
to support such a disingenuous allegation? A ring of health,
water and operational complaints surround this facility that began
operations in 2009. Based on unofficial record keeping by
neighbors, there have been nearly 60 shutdowns, blowdowns and
related incidents at the Steckman Ridge compressor station and
underground natural gas storage facility between August 2009 and
the present. And there is much more, as you know.
• You assert that uncontrolled
releases of methane and other hydrocarbons that happen too
frequently at the Steckman Ridge compressor facility are
“normal.” Let’s hope not. Your assertion is
uninformed and misleading.
- FACT: Recall the March 9-10 incident Continue reading Spectra Energy — Be the Best it Can Be –Mike Benard →
Received yesterday. He also copied the Valdosta Daily Times, with
From: Demarcus Marshall
Date: December 13, 2013, 3:01:32 PM CST
Subject: FW: Sabal Trail/Lowndes County Commissioner response FINAL 12122013.pdf
These are the responses from Sabal Trail regarding the questions
forwarded to me. Please forward to those in opposition of the
surveys and those that have agreed to them.
Commissioner Demarcus Marshall, M.P.A.
From: Fahrenthold, Brian C
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:46 PM
To: Demarcus Marshall
Cc: Bill Slaughter; Joyce Evans; Richard Raines; Crawford Powell; John
Page; County Manager; Belinda Lovern
Subject: Sabal Trail/Lowndes County Commissioner response FINAL 12122013.pdf
Commissioner Marshall, Mr. Chairman, Commissioners and County
Attached is a more detailed summation to the questions posed to the
Commission by Ms. Singletary.
Should you need further information please do not hesitate to
Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC
The Lowndes County Commission
promised to ask Spectra Energy questions citizens submitted.
They meet again 5:30 PM tonight at their Regular Session:
327 North Ashley Street, 2nd Floor
Valdosta, GA 31601
If you want to speak in Citizens Wishing to Be Heard you need to
before the meeting starts.
They usually have copies at the door of the Commission Chambers, but
if there’s a big crowd they might run out, so you can print your own
There will be
protesters out front starting at 4:30 PM.
Here’s a roundup of local blog, TV, and newspaper coverage: Continue reading Spectra sales and Lowndes County Commission tonight →