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! →
Florida’s Governor Rick Scott owns Williams Co. and other pipeline company
stock, and that’s an issue with FL-DEP’s intent to issue a permit for
Sabal Trail, says the reporter who broke the Rick Scott conflict story
a year ago.
Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog, 4 August 2015,
Gov. Scott’s pipeline investment gets a boost from Florida environmental regulators,
The Board of Trustees of Florida’s Internal Improvement Trust Fund
owns the submerged lands, according to DEP’s notice. The board is
comprised of the governor and Cabinet — Scott, Attorney
General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and state
chief financial officer Jeff Atwater.
There’s much more in the story, including that WWALS Watershed Coalition
intends to file a protest with FL-DEP by this Friday, August 7th.
WWALS confirms that,
and adds: Continue reading FL Gov. Scott Sabal Trail permit conflict of interest –FloridaBulldog →
After citizens familiar with the springs, shoals, and sinkholes
of the Withlacoochee River and the fragile karst limestone that
contains them and the Floridan Aquifer, source of drinking water
for all of Florida and south Georgia, the north Florida county
of Hamilton passed a resolution asking FERC to have the Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline avoid those geological formations.
a letter already forwarded to FERC by the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection
and also quoted in part to FERC by the
Suwannee River Water Management District,
that would mean
there’s basically nowhere that pipeline would be safe in north Florida
(or south Georgia, which has the same limestone substrate).
Joyce Marie Taylor updated in the Suwannee Democrat 25 August 2014,
Hamilton fights back against Sabal Trail pipeline,
A special meeting was called on Friday, Aug. 22, and the board voted
to pass Resolution 14-10 that expressed their concerns about the
proposed pipeline route across the Withlacoochee River that forms
the western boundary of Hamilton County.
A portion of the resolution states, Continue reading Avoid the Withlacoochee River and karst limestone –Hamilton Co. FL to FERC →
The Florida Public Service Commission
has a special say in the
Southeast Market Pipelines Project
Florida Southeast Connection (FSC) leg of this pipeline is
completely inside Florida and completely owned by FPL, a Florida regulated
And Florida has a say because the
for the three-part
Transco -> Sabal Trail -> FSC project is that
supposedly Florida needs the power (it doesn’t,
but that’s the excuse).
FPL is getting so desperate for public acceptance of this boondoggle
they pressed their own CEO, Eric Silagy, into attempting to rebut
Our Santa Fe River’s latest entry in the op-ed debate.
Sabal Trail and FERC would like everyone to believe state regulators
have no say, but that’s just not true.
It’s not even clear GA PSC has no say, considering that Continue reading State and local permitting for Sabal Trail pipeline →
There’s no safe way for the yard-wide Sabal Trail fracked methane
pipeline through the
fragile karst limestone containing
the Floridan Aquifer, according to what Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection
told FERC back in April.
And what’s this about
seven foot pipeline depth in Florida, while
Spectra’s Andrea Grover complained
in the Valdosta Daily Times about requests for five feet deep in Georgia?
FL-DEP points out that
caves might not support a pipeline
could easily cause sinkholes.
Plus blasting could change local hydrology.
The situation is actually worse than FL-DEP described.
We don’t know that
contamination couldn’t come from
BCPs carried from Spectra’s
Texas Eastern pipeline, or radon from the Marcellus Shale,
in addition to the
solvents FL-DEP mentioned.
We don’t know the pipeline would carry only
a gaseous product;
it could be sold and used for something else.
And as DEP says, it’s not just leaks that are the problem:
the pipeline would require large amounts of
testing water that would have to come from somewhere
and go back somewhere, presumably contaminated with whatever was in the pipeline.
What guarantee do we have that contamination wouldn’t go
borings under our riverbeds?
Filed with FERC
18 April 2014
as four pages of the 74-page
“Florida State Clearinghouse comments on Dockets # PF14-1, et al Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Southeast Market Pipelines Project (Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connection Projects).”
Some of it
was also submitted to FERC by Florida’s Suwannee River Water Management District, but there is new material here; especially
that superimposition map. Continue reading Sabal Trail pipeline considered harmful for karst limestone Floridan Aquifer –FL-DEP →