You can support hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals who have
already asked Congress to:
Help secure an independent investigation by the Government
Accountability Office into the abuses of power, process and law by
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) when it comes to
interstate natural gas pipelines and LNG export facilities. Write
your congressional representative now to urge their help in securing
this necessary independent review.
handy web form
by Delaware Riverkeeper Network.
If you want something local to say, try reading Continue reading Ask GAO to investigate why FERC Doesn’t Work →
Pipeline-pushing members of Congress explicitly
promote the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) as a way to authorize more fracked methane export,
which would promote more pipelines.
Sabal Trail may say its gas isn’t for export, but those three
already-authorized LNG export operations right where it goes in Florida
Fortunately, TPP just lost a U.S. Senate vote for fast track,
so now at least it can’t be pushed through without proper debate.
If it’s so good for us, let’s see TPP declassified and the full text
released to the public now.
Carter Dougherty and Heidi Przybyla, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 2013,
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Senate Democrats revolt against Obama trade bill, Continue reading TPP fast track loses Senate vote →
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 →
Don’t believe FERC is funded by the industries it regulates?
Well, let’s look beyond FERC’s own About web page to its actual funding request to Congress.
Maybe that will motivate you to
ecomment to FERC right now,
and to contact your local, state, and national elected and appointed
Acting Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur, FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION,
FY 2015 Congressional Performance Budget Request,
Full Cost Recovery
The Commission recovers the full cost of its operations through
annual charges and filing fees assessed on the industries it
regulates as authorized by the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986. The Commission deposits
this revenue into the Treasury as a direct offset to its
appropriation, resulting in no net appropriation.
Clear enough that FERC is 100% funded by the industries it regulates?
That may seem like a win for the taxpayers.
But is it a win for you the local landowners Continue reading FERC recovers cost of operations through charges and fees from the industries it regulates –FERC FY14 Budget →
This op-ed spells out actions by
Sabal Trail and FERC, that it interprets as deception,
and it concludes we can all say no to that unnecessary pipeline.
I’ve added a few pictures and links.
Marihelen Wheeler wrote an op-ed in the Ocala StarBanner 1 June 2014,
Floridians can and must say no to gas pipeline,
It should be called “psychological bait and switch.”
This tactic is being used by corporations trying to engage and
solicit residents’ support for controversial projects that will
negatively impact those residents. Among the most recent projects is
the proposed Sabal Trail gas pipeline that will disturb about 13,670
acres of Florida land.
A company’s first move is to propose an idea that is so distasteful
that, Continue reading Say no to pipeline bait and switch –Marihelen Wheeler →
If you guessed the taxpayers, as I did, nope.
FERC’s own About FERC web page:
The Commission is funded through costs recovered by the fees and
annual charges from the industries it regulates.
To make it even richer, the sentence before that reads:
There is no review of FERC decisions by the President or Congress,
maintaining FERC’s independence as a regulatory agency, and
providing for fair and unbiased decisions.
But FERC’s web page says nothing about FERC’s independence from
the industries it regulates.
definition of regulatory capture:
Regulatory capture happens when a regulatory agency, formed to act
in the public’s interest, eventually acts in ways that benefit the
industry it is supposed to be regulating, rather than the public.
Maybe that’s why Continue reading Who funds FERC? →
The proposed Sabal Trail methane pipeline is
number 1 on the topic rotation on
Rep. Sanford Bishop’s Congressional (GA-02) website:
We would like to hear from you about the proposed Sabal Trail Transmission
Gas Pipeline project.
The links lead to
a page that says:
The proposed Sabal Trail Transmission Gas Pipeline project would
transport up to a billion cubic feet of natural gas each day through
about 24 miles of Dougherty County on its 465-mile route from
central Alabama to central Florida. The natural gas carried by the
pipeline is intended to provide electricity for a large portion of
the state of Florida.
You can voice your opinion about the proposed pipeline by mail,
telephone or electronically:
Kimberly D. Bose
Secretary of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street N.E., Room 1A
Washington, DC, 20414
That contact information is all for contacting FERC.
While no doubt Rep. Bishop himself is most interested in hearing from constituents,
it doesn’t say just constituents, nor was his
listening session in Albany limited to just constituents.
Congressman Bishop’s own
own contact page
does say he is only able to reply to e-mails from constituents.
Here’s how to
find your own representative.
And here are links to
contact information for every Congress and statehouse member and
county commission and city council of county seats of counties
in all three states (Alabama, Georgia, and Florida) along the proposed
Filed with FERC
16 April 2014
with special subject
“Congressional Submittal submitted in FERC PF14-1-000 by US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES”.
Rep. Bishop is listening to citizens about the pipeline
10AM Thursday 17 April 2014 in Albany, GA.
SANFORD D. BISHOP, JR.
SECOND District, Georgia
COMMITTEE on Appropriations….
Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
April 14, 2014
Ms. Cheryl A. LaFleur
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20426
Dear Acting Chairman LaFleur: Continue reading Extend the comment period –Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) →
Received yesterday from one of the organizers. -jsq
A Listening Session
with Congressman Sanford Bishop
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Room 100 of the Dougherty County Government Center
222 Pine Avenue
Subject: Sabal Trail Transmission
Gas Pipeline Proposed Project
The session is being held to allow citizens to provide feedback and
with the Congressman on the proposed Sabal Trail
Transmission Gas Pipeline Project. This is a very significant
concern for a variety of reasons, among them public safety,
environmental and economic impact.
Congressman Bishop’s district covers most of the path of the proposed pipeline,
making him a key ally in Congress to oppose the pipeline,
if he can be convinced to do so. Continue reading A Listening Session with Congressman Sanford Bishop →