A local citizen asks her County Commission to represent its citizens,
not a pipeline company from somewhere else,
in an op-ed in the Suwannee County newspaper today.
Lori McCraney, Suwannee Democrat, 24 December 2015,
Opinion: Suwannee County commissioners lack resolve against Sabal Trail,
Proponents have touted the safety of the Sabal Trail pipeline. This
belies the fact that Spectra Energy, the parent of Sabal Trail, has
one of the worst safety records in the industry. See
to numerous articles regarding Spectra’s safety record.
Alan Lambeth, director of engineering design for
Spectra Energy, Sabal Trail will use the thinnest pipe allowed Continue reading The fracked methane bridge isn’t short enough or safe enough: go renewable energy –Lori McCraney in Suwannee Democrat →
The excuse for Spectra’s Sabal Trail pipeline is new natural gas
electric generating units in Florida. FPL calls this “modernizing“, which is an odd word for using 20th century fossil fuels when 21st century solar power, conservation, and efficiency is ready right now for the Sunshine State.
Adding to their opposition to LNG export, the Sierra Club Board of Directors has adopted this new policy:
“Natural Gas: The Sierra Club opposes new electric generating
units powered by natural gas, including peaking and combined cycle
units. Consistent with the Board’s goal of eliminating all fossil
fuels from the electric sector no later than 2030, it is critical
that the US avoid further high-capital investments in new natural
gas plants and related infrastructure.”
This is in Sierra Club’s Continue reading Sierra Club opposes new natural gas electric generating units: good news against Sabal Trail →
Thanks to Bill McKibben and everyone else who made that pipeline an international cause.
Now let’s stop
Spectra’s Sabal “Sinkhole” Trail and keep
Kinder Morgan’s Palmetto pipeline denied.
And let’s stop the
Trans-Pacific Parternership (TPP) before it can produce more “free trade” countries for LNG export.
Coral Davenport, New York Times, 6 November 2015,
Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline,
President Obama’s denial of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, which
would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum
from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast, comes as he is
seeking to build an ambitious legacy on climate change.
“The pipeline would not make a meaningful longterm
contribution to our economy,” Mr. Obama said in remarks from the
The move was made ahead of Continue reading U.S. rejects Keystone XL: next let’s stop Sabal Trail! →
Spectra Energy Corp. (SE) is a publicly traded stock.
Who buys it?
Institutional investors as a small chip
and mutual funds, including college investment 529E funds
that maybe don’t know the fracking boom is going bust
way before many children get to college.
the top five institutional SE investors are: Continue reading Who owns Spectra? →
There’s still time to comment on one methane rule proposed by the EPA,
which was partly prompted by outside comment to start with.
So far, the only comments are by fossil fuel industry consortiums.
Why should they have all the fun?
Here’s how to post your own comments.
And there may be
another rule announced today.
Posted by the EPA, 9 December 2014,
Greenhouse Gas Reporting: 2015 Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems,
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing revisions and
confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas
systems source category of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. In
particular, the EPA is proposing to add calculation methods and
reporting requirements for greenhouse gas emissions from gathering
and boosting facilities, completions and workovers of oil wells with
hydraulic fracturing, and blowdowns of natural gas transmission
pipelines between compressor stations. The EPA is also proposing
well identification reporting requirements to improve the EPA’s
ability to verify reported data and enhance transparency. This
action also proposes confidentiality determinations for new data
elements contained in these proposed amendments.
Pipelines between compressor stations would affect
the compressor stations proposed for the Sabal Trail pipeline.
The proposed rule also spells out in numerous places that
it’s about distribution pipelines, too.
And the proposed rule was partly motivated by requests from
concerned parties: Continue reading EPA natural gas greenhouse gas reporting proposed rule 2014-12-09 →
Georgia Climate Change Coalition
Bike Lines to stop Pipe Lines stopped in Albany yesterday and got
some news coverage.
Diane Dean, WALB TV, 24 November 2014,
Bike riders focus on GA environment,
Members of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition are concerned about
what the planet will look like for future generations.
“It crosses the flint and Chattahoochee River and their water sheds
that provide drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people,”
said Gretchen Elsner of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition.
Rich Rusk is Continue reading GCCC against Sabal Trail in Albany, GA →
FE proposes to follow the law, NEPA, specifically.
How about we also repeal
the Halliburton Loophole
Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPA2005) that enables fracking and LNG exports?
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE)’s parent U.S. Department of Energy (DoE)’s
on EPA2005 doesn’t mention its fracking effects or liquid natural gas (LNG)
storage or export.
spells out that EPA2005 not just enabled but required LNG export:
Mandatory within 60 days after date of enactment
Continue reading The Halliburton fracking Loophole and LNG exports →
Two dead, more than 100 injured, 600 evacuated.
Somebody investigated this one.
Michael Pearson, John Murgatroyd and Ed Lavandera, CNN, 1 May 2014,
‘Complete destruction’: 2 die, dozens hurt as explosion shatters Florida jail,
Everyone was accounted for after a powerful explosion ripped through
the Escambia County Jail in Florida’s Panhandle and killed two
inmates, Sheriff David Morgan said Thursday.
Morgan said a “be on the lookout” message was issued Continue reading Methane explosion in Escambia County Jail in Pensacola, FL →
FWW has been on the case against H.R. 6 that would authorize
LNG exports to all WTO member countries since that bill passed the subcommittee
in early April,
it passed the main committee April 30th.
Food & Water Watch press release 9 April 2014,
House Subcommittee’s Approval of LNG Exports Means More Money for Big Oil and Gas, More Fracking In U.S. Communities:
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director, Wenonah Hauter,
Washington, D.C. — “On Wednesday, the U.S. House’s
Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power
voted in favor of a bill to export liquefied natural gas (LNG)
abroad under the guise of aiding Ukraine. But this bill, H.R.6,
would only serve to increase profits for the oil and gas industry,
greatly accelerating fracking here at home, endangering American
communities, public health and the climate. We strongly recommend
that both houses of Congress reject any and all plans to export LNG
“Selling LNG abroad will drive up the industry’s profit
margins, ultimately increasing gas prices here in the U.S.. Ramping
up fracking in the U.S., Continue reading Food and Water Watch against LNG exports →