Who is Sabal Trail, anyway?
Counties resolving against Sabal Trail might want to make their resolutions against any new pipeline, since
there’s already another one proposed for Suwannee County (see
Sabal Trail owned and operated by….
Reviving a pipeline idea that failed in the Florida PSC in 2009, FPL
put out a request for proposals that was won by Sabal Trail in 2013.
Note the original proposed Sabal Trail path in the map below did not go through Georgia; why that changed is a long story apparently only known in full to Spectra, FPL, and Williams Co.
Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC was formed by Continue reading What companies are in Sabal Trail and related? →
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 →
Marcellus Shale fracked methane through Atlantic Sunrise to Transco to Sabal Trail to TECO to Jaxport for LNG export?
And maybe an explanation for why Sempra Energy, like Spectra Energy,
donated to both GA Gov. Nathan Deal’s and AL Gov. Robert Bentley’s
Sempra apparently wants to export Marcellus Shale gas from Jacksonville,
and Sabal Trail is the proposed conduit for that through Alabama and Georgia
John Burr wrote for Jacksonville Business Journal 10 March 2014,
TECO Peoples Gas looks to expand natural gas pipeline to Jacksonville, Continue reading Sabal Trail to TECO to Jaxport for LNG export? →
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 →
EPA isn’t buying FPL’s need for new power in Florida,
or that methane is better than
renewable energy sources
should be considered together, not separately),
or that a pipeline is the best way to get gas
Port Dolphin instead),
or that any of the
proposed routes are appropriate,
not to mention catching inconsistent numbers of
and asking to see any
And EPA asked for
as well as further information on water
re-emitted into the environment.
My favorite is
EPA recommends FERC provide in the EIS readable and comprehensible
maps and figures, and clearly describe all potential impacts with the
proposed action upon children’s health. For example, maps of schools,
day-care facilities, multifamily housing, and hospitals should have
different legend colors and be created at scales providing appropriate
information, i.e., proximity of sensitive receptors to the navigation
and transportation corridors.
FERC shows EPA’s comments as filed
23 April 2014, although they are dated two days earlier. -jsq
UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY Continue reading Explain why the gas is needed –EPA to FERC →
Filed with FERC
11 April 2014. -jsq
When this project process first began, Florida
newspapers, such as the ones in Martin County, Gainesville, Ocala,
and others, ran the story with a map of the proposed pipeline, from
FPL, plainly showing the route running from Alabama straight to
Florida completely bypassing Georgia. The now “preferred” route
runs approximately 156 miles, or more through Georgia. Sabal has not
been forthcoming, even in their Resource Report 10, as to the reason
for the change. Has there been any encouragement from any
governmental entity, State or Federal, for Sabal to reroute this
pipeline through the state of Georgia? If yes, which entity and why?
If no, why did FERC allow Sabal to change routes? Cost would be an
In August and September of 2013, landowners who
previously had not agreed to allow Sabal personnel onto their
property began receiving letters first from Sabal and then from the
law firm of Hunton & Williams of Atlanta, Ga., on behalf of
Sabal, using intimidating and Continue reading Does FERC ever question the honesty and integrity of companies such as Sabal? –Sandra Slack →