The world’s largest pipeline company ran away from a hint of public scrutiny,
like FERC changed its commission meeting date to try to avoid protesters.
Maybe… public opinion matters?
The pipeline companies are watching all the opposition.
And the opposition is shadowing all the pipeline companies.
Score one for the opposition!
Plus plenty of opportunities coming up for more concerted opposition
against any new fossil fuel tentacles through our countryside or under our rivers.
Mary Landers, Savannah Morning News, 16 September 2015,
Kinder Morgan cancels ‘spotlight’ on Elba operations, Continue reading Kinder Morgan bolts from emergency planning meeting in Savannah →
Oppose one fossil fuel boondoggle; oppose them all.
KMI also has applied for a FERC permit to
build a pipeline from Suwannee County, FL to Jacksonville,
which is gearing up for LNG export.
That KMI application says Sabal Trail can connect if it wants to.
Coastal Group of the Georgia Sierra Club, on facebook, today,
ATTEND THIS PUBLIC MEETING IF YOU CAN!
This will be our opportunity learn about Texas energy giant Kinder
Morgan’s disaster plan for the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG)
export terminal at Elba Island. If permitted to come online, 4
million metric tons of LNG would be processed by, and exported from,
the facility annually—in close proximity to densely populated
neighborhoods at the mouth of Savannah’s port. A worst-case event
would be extremely destructive to lives, property, and the
DATE: Wednesday, September 16, 10:00AM
LOCATION: Savannah Civic Center, 301 W Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401
Kinder Morgan contributed to the campaigns of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and to numerous other elected officials,
similar to Spectra Energy PAC and many other pipeline companies or
associated political action committees.
Could this have something to do with how Georgia state officials
are not being very helpful to the citizens who overwhelmingly
oppose both Kinder Morgan’s proposed Palmetto petroleum products
pipeline through eastern Georgia and Spectra’s proposed Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline through southwest Georgia?
Could it explain why the Georgia government seems to be treating both pipelines
as if they were public-private partnerships with the state?
Searching Georgia Campaign Finance Commission campaign records
show Kinder Morgan (KMI) subsidiary
Southern Natural Gas (SONAT)
contributed to a whole bunch of people, including Casey Cagle: Continue reading Kinder Morgan campaign contributions to GA Gov. Deal and Lt. Gov. Cagle →
Calling their bluff at their very first “public hearing”,
longtime environmental activist Steve Willis told Kinder Morgan
that if they didn’t want the public to believe that their
pipeline is for export,
when it so conveniently runs past KM’s proposed
Elba Island LNG export terminal and to Jacksonville where
Jaxport is gearing up for LNG export,
they should post a $100 million bond.
Watch the KM rep’s face as soon as Steve says “export”;
sure looks like “OMG, he’s on to us!”
Steve noted there is no local demand for KM’s petroleum products,
and exports drive up local prices anyway.
You don’t have to believe Steve, you can believe Continue reading Post a bond if Palmetto Pipeline is not for export –Steve Willis to Kinder Morgan in Savannah →
How big is the LNG export gold rush?
Here are maps of dozens of approved, proposed, and potential LNG export terminals,
one of them even including Carib’s FE-authorized Martin County LNG export facility that FERC never seems to remember and Sabal Trail never talks about.
Update 2015-02-23: Now with the rest of the maps.
In addition to the
approved LNG import and export terminals,
there are more on this
FERC map of Proposed North American LNG Export Terminals,
including ones in Lake Charles (2 and 7), Sabine Pass (6), Plaquemines Parish (8 and 11), and Cameron Parish (13) Louisiana,
Lavaca Bay (4) and Sabine Pass (9), Texas,
Elba Island (5), Georgia, and Jacksonvile (14), Florida,
as well as Coos Bay (1) and Astoria (3), Oregon,
plus two in Kitimat (15 and 17) and one on Douglas Island (16), British Columbia.
One of those proposed BC LNG export terminals is where
Spectra Energy proposes to build not one but two pipelines.
And even that ain’t all. Continue reading LNG export approved and proposed →
The U.S. DoE official in charge of natural gas testified to FERC’s
oversight committee that fracking provides “unprecedented opportunities”
for profit through LNG export.
She, like FERC, says the opportunities are “for the United States”,
and they’re both wrong. Pipelines to LNG export
that would raise domestic natural gas prices and take
local land and pollute local air and water is not for the U.S.:
they’re for profit by a few fossil fuel companies and Continue reading New pipelines are for fracking and LNG export –FE official to Congress →