Canadian based, Emera Inc., has acquired TECO – Tampa Electric Company.
“The acquisition of TECO Energy advances a number of important strategic objectives for Emera,” said Chris Huskilson, president and CEO of Emera Inc. “We expect it to be Continue reading Emera, Inc – A Natural Gas Exporter Acquires TECO – Tampa Electric →
Strom can ramp up its LNG export to the Gulf from Crystal River an order of magnitude with its initial units,
and then add more units, all without any further approval by anybody, says this Order from the U.S. DoE Office of Fossil Energy,
which also appears to permit bomb trains shipping LNG anywhere in Florida,
or maybe even other states, with some of the fracked methane probably coming from Sabal Trail if built.
This FE Order was issued 21 October 2014, one month to the day before
Sabal Trail filed in the FERC formal process in
21 November 2014.
Yet not a word was said about Strom or any other LNG export by FERC or Sabal Trail in any of the FERC Scoping Meetings I went to,
I pointed out at the one 1 October 2015 in Lake City, Florida.
FE is even more a rubberstamp regulatory-captured lapdog of the fossil fuel industry than is FERC, and Strom is setting up to require no further approvals by them or anybody else: Continue reading Strom Crystal River LNG export approval 2014-10-21 →
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Live Oak, FL, January 12, 2016 — Stepping up its support for local and larger groups opposing the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline, this Saturday Sierra Club is hosting a meeting culminating in a hike to the Suwannee River to see where Spectra Energy of Houston, Texas proposes to drill under the iconic Suwannee River into Suwannee River State Park. Media are invited to see people from Florida and south Georgia stand up for our rivers and our Floridan Aquifer.
When: Saturday, 16 January 2016 – 11 AM with hike at 1 PM
Where: Suwannee River State Park
3621 201st Path, Live Oak, FL
15 miles west of Live Oak on US 90
Continue reading Hike to the Suwannee River with Sierra Club against Sabal Trail – Jan. 16, 2016 →
Twice in five years a sinkhole big enough to risk rerouting a road
appears in Lowndes County, Georgia, in the same fragile karst limestone
Valdosta limesink terrain Sabal Trail proposes to gouge through
What if a sinkhole drops under that pipeline, and, like FGT in 2013,
Sabal Trail declares force majeure and doesn’t pay?
See On the LAKE Front, 2015-08-06,
County and news media digging deeper on Shiloh sinkhole story, Continue reading New sinkhole in Lowndes County terrain Sabal Trail wants to gouge through →
Citing the GDOT denial of KMI’s Palmetto Pipeline and numerous specific
hazards of Spectra Energy’s proposed Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline
(sinkholes in karst limestone
and a compressor station
next to Albany’s water wells, all for no benefit to Georgia, by a company with a poor safety record),
U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-02) wrote to FERC (PDF):
I believe that FERC should deny STT’s application for a
Certificate of Public Necessity.
And he told FERC to tell Sabal Trail to stop suing
his constituents for eminent domain.
A year after
Rep. Bishop listened in Albany for two hours to complaints about Sabal Trail,
Dougherty County and
filed followup letters to their resolutions against that pipeline.
Neither FERC nor Sabal Trail answered them,
so their Representative in the U.S. Congress forwarded their
letters with that sharp cover letter.
Three weeks later, FERC still hasn’t even filed his letter in their e-comment system,
much less responded to it.
Just how lawless is FERC, anyway?
Doesn’t a member of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations give them pause? Continue reading Deny Sabal Trail, said U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, and FERC ignored him →
How simple a motion to intevene can be:
organization name, contacts, and Basis for Intervening.
Filing to intervene gets your foot in the door for any further
filings or legal actions or participation in hearings.
It does not require filing major legal documents at the outset (or ever).
It does require filing your motion to intervene
by 24 December 2014.
It would be prudent not to wait until the last day:
you never know when FERC’s efiling system might be down.
This motion to intervene is by Sabal Trail’s competitor Florida Gas Transmission,
which is, according to Kinder Morgan:
The Florida Gas Transmission (FGT) pipeline is an approximately
5,500-mile system that transports natural gas from south Texas to
south Florida. FGT is owned by Florida Gas Transmission Company,
LLC, a 100% owned subsidiary of Citrus Corp. Citrus Corp is a 50/50
joint venture between Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) and Energy
FGT didn’t mention in this filing, but it knows sinkholes.
Just a year ago FGT
had to move its pipeline off of the famous 25-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish, Louisiana.
Filed with FERC 9 December 2014 as
Accession Number: 20141209-5136,
“(doc-less) Motion to Intervene of Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC under CP15-17.” Continue reading Florida Gas Transmission intervenes in Sabal Trail CP15-17 →
The proposed 36-inch Sabal Trail pipeline next to that
old FGT line would have 81 times
as much gas; maybe more, since it’s apparently also higher pressure.
Gainesville.com staff reported 27 June 2013,
Ruptured gas line explodes in Gilchrist,
A high-pressure natural gas pipeline exploded into a gigantic
fireball and 30-foot-high flames in Gilchrist County on Tuesday
night after a tree fell and ruptured the line, authorities said.
The tree also took down a power line, which officials said likely
ignited the escaping gas.
Gainesville Fire Rescue’s Haz-Mat team and district chief responded
to the scene in Bell at around 6:30 p.m. to assist Gilchrist County
An emergency crew from the natural gas company helped the rescue
units find and secure a shut-off valve for the 4-inch line. The
crews stood by while the residual gas burned off.
video from Gainesville Fire and Rescue.
It’s quite impressive, and unfortunately unembeddable, so follow
the link to see it.
WCBJ TV reported 27 June 2012,
Gas Line Explosion Lights up Road, Continue reading Giant fireball from 4-inch pipeline in Gilchrist County, FL 2012-06-27 →
Dismissed by FERC for lack of payment?
No worries, Strom, Inc.’s other LNG export application with the
FE is still active, and Strom asked to move the location, too,
to Crystal River.
Just east on Power Line Road from Duke Energy’s permantly-closed
Crystal River nuke and proposed new gas plant.
Strom says it would get the fracked methane from either FGT
or Sabal Trail, which is either an intrastate or an interstate
pipeline depending on which of Strom’s sentences you believe.
No, Strom’s CEO’s name is not Loki; it’s just pronounced that way,
and spelled Lokey.
Remember in July
FERC dismissed Strom’s Starke LNG application for lack of fee payment.
The Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) apparently
has no such scruples, since its
STROM INC, FE DKT. NO. 14-56-LNG was updated
29 September 2014 with
Strom Inc. – Amendment to Application to Reflect New Location of the Plant, Continue reading Strom asks FE to move LNG export application location →
Rick Scott owned or owned stock in both existing and the proposed new
fracked methane pipelines to Florida, according to a reporter,
which could explain why when FPL said “frog” Scott’s appointees jumped
to approve the Sabal Trail Pipeline.
This doesn’t seem right to SpectraBusters president Beth Gordon.
Does it seem right to you?
Dan Christensen wrote for the Miami Herald 21 July 2014,
Gov. Scott had stake in pipeline firm whose $3 billion venture he and his appointees backed,
“The proposed project will need state regulatory and
governmental agencies to understand and support this project,”
said the proposal submitted by FPL vice president Sam Forrest.
Gov. Scott understood. In May and June 2013, he signed into law two
bills designed to speed up permitting for what came to be known as
the Sabal Trail Transmission — a controversial, 474-mile
natural gas pipeline that’s to run from Alabama and Georgia to a hub
in Central Florida, south of Orlando.
Five months later, Continue reading FL Gov. Scott owned Spectra stock before his appointees backed Sabal Trail pipeline →
Raining on Spectra’s pipeline parade,
Duke Energy’s Citrus County power plant open house
once again emphasized Duke doesn’t care if Spectra and FPL’s fracked methane
pipeline is ever built.
And it’s not just because of Duke’s power plant that natural
gas prices may go up soon:
Sabal Trail feeding methane to already-authorized
LNG export operations in Florida would also push prices up.
So why build that useless Sabal Trail boondoggle?
Why build that Duke gas plant, for that matter;
why not go straight to solar power in the Sunshine State?
Fred Hiers wrote for Ocala.com 14 July 2014,
Utility will build plant with or without new pipeline, Continue reading Duke Energy doesn’t care whether Sabal Trail pipeline is ever built →