This is a continuation, with updates of, a previous blog entitled – LNG – Liquefied Natural Gas & Small Scale Processing Facilities – Action Needed dated 09/24/2017. The DOE passed the small – scale LNG processing facility rule for Florida with 40 of the ‘for’ comments being duplicates which were submitted via the Federal Register. What do we expect in today’s political/corporate climate?
Note this is an excerpt of just some of the points in a comprehensive report written by Dr. Fred Millar – please see his full document below for more detailed information. This is also a shout out to Florida’s media outlets. It is your job to let the citizens of Florida know if their lives are threatened.
Dr. Millar Interview at Toxic Train Conference in 2010
As we know, FERC has abdicated it’s role of regulating these inland small – scale LNG processing facilities “because the facilities do not load directly onto a pipeline or ship bound for foreign ports”. Three Federal Agencies have gone against congressional rules and refuse to regulate these disasters waiting to happen. State agencies simply say “Well it is up to the Feds”. I and others think not – we the people better get a handle on this development before we become the guinea pigs for a bad experiment as stated in the title above and in his paper below by hazardous railway accident expert Dr. Fred Millar who has been working with Florida’s own LNG expert, Cecile Scofield (see bios below).
This leaves unregulated train and truck transportation of LNG, siting of LNG facilities, and an emergency response infrastructure not prepared for a disaster of, for instance, a train wreck on the FECL involving LNG being transported to Jacksonville Fla through densely populated areas from Miami to Jacksonville, Fla. All for the goal of exporting fracked gas through Florida to other countries and be damned anyone whose life may get in the oil industry’s way! I do not know about you but I find it alarming that an industry can manipulate the US Government to risk the lives of millions of it’s citizens for the short term profit of a few, evidently including members of our ‘government’.
The First High Risk LNG Processing Experiment – In Populated Areas
Since the adoption by the DOE of unregulated small – scale LNG facilities this past February, brand new LNG processing facilities are being, sited, and built in Florida on as little as 12 acres. To the alarm of many citizens and First Responders there are no emergency plans or buffer zones between the population and these volatile terminals with some being sited on just 12 acres.FERC requires a buffer zone of 1 to 9 miles for large -scale LNG – US LNG Export Facilities – and the nearest population.
These small – scale LNG processing facilities will be the first of their kind in an urban environment involving the handling of large, unique and dangerous containers of Liquefied Natural Gas or LNG to be transported from inland processing facilities to large ports, such as Jaxport, for exporting to other countries. There is another factor to be considered as these unregulated small -scale LNG processing plants nor the trains and trucks the LNG is transported on are protected from terrorists. In fact in both cases terrorism is a huge concern be it domestic or foreign.
The Second High Risk LNG Experiment – Rail Transportation Approval
US agencies have quietly approved the first ever railway transportation of pressurized LNG in the lower 48 states and in an urban or populated area. As you will see when reading Dr. Millar’s report below there was one other small pilot program approved in a remote area of Alaska. They are allowing the Florida East Coast (FECL) railway to move daily 40 foot, 21 ton LNG tanks at 70 mph through highly populated areas and on the same tracks that carry the notoriously dangerous 110 mph Brightline passenger trains. All of this through numerous rail crossings where there have already been FECL accidents resulting in fatalities and through the many communities that are along the FECL tracks.
Judges and the rail industry itself for many decades considered rail transport of LNG to be such a high risk that it was never allowed upon the railroad system. In fact the Federal Railroad Administration has never designed an approved LNG rail tank car but is now under strong oil industry pressure to do so.This new federal exemption for Florida’s FECL, not only allows LNG to fuel the locomotives but also allows LNG to be transported in attached flat cars with relatively flimsy 10,000 gallon ISO inter-modal containers. Please click continue for Dr. Millar’s full document on this clear and eminent danger to the citizens of Florida.
Duke nuke and gas plant down Power Line Road, Crystal River, FL, from new Strom location (the blue box).
From: Spectra Busters <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 4:03 PM
Subject: RIN 1901-AB43 and FE Docket No. 17-86-R
Cc: Spectra Busters <email@example.com>
Comments from SpectraBusters, Inc. against small LNG
ISSUES AND CONCERNS ASSOCIATED WITH “SMALL-SCALE” INLAND
LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS (LNG) PRODUCTION, STORAGE AND TRANSPORT
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has abdicated
Congressional authority under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA)
for the siting, construction, operation and maintenance of
small-scale inland LNG export facilities.
How is an LNG export facility that must obtain an export
license from the U. S. Department of Energy not, from FERC’s
perspective, an “export” facility within the meaning of
the NGA and thus not subject to FERC’s jurisdiction (see Pivotal
LNG, Inc., FERC Docket No. RP15-259-000 Issued April 2, 2015, Norman
Bay, Commissioner, Dissenting Opinion).
Here’s why Sabal Trail and all the other fossil fuel profiteers avoid jury trials at all costs: when twelve peers of the afflicted decide, the frackers lose.
But money isn’t enough.
That land and water is permanently poisoned.
There’s only one real solution:
end fracking, to end all its new pipelines, compressor stations, bomb trains, and LNG export.
A Pennsylvania jury handed down a $4.2 million verdict in a lawsuit
centering on water contamination from negligent shale gas drilling
in Dimock, PA, a tiny town that made international headlines for its
flammable and toxic drinking water.
Proponents have touted the safety of the Sabal Trail pipeline. This
belies the fact that Spectra Energy, the parent of Sabal Trail, has
one of the worst safety records in the industry. See
to numerous articles regarding Spectra’s safety record.
Even Spectra workers sometimes develop a conscience.
These whistleblowers are not the first, and thirty years of
Spectra’s sordid safety record agrees with them.
Tonight you can help stop Spectra from drilling under the Suwannee River in Florida, and that will help stop Spectra in Burrillville, Rhode Island.
Two safety inspectors who worked on Spectra Energy’s proposed
methane gas pipeline that will cut through Burrillville, RI, say the
company cut corners when it came to project, worker and
“Right now, what they’re hoping to do, is they’re hoping to
slam all this through, and then at the end ask for
forgiveness,” said one of the former inspectors. “Oops,
sorry about that, I didn’t know, let me write you a check. Because
once this thing’s turning meter, they’re going to be making millions
of dollars a day. It doesn’t matter what your problems are…”
The other added, “We were told to shut the fuck up or
FREDDIE POWELL SIMS
110-A State Capitol
Atlanta. Georgia 30334
Phone: (404) 463-5259
Fax: (404) 463-2279
Interstate Cooperation, Vice-Chairman
Education and Youth, Secretary
Natural Resources and the Environment
The State Senate
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
October 20, 2015
Kimberly D. Bose
Federal Energy Regulation Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washingtun, DC 20426
Dear Ms. Bose:
As State Senator for District 12 in the State of Georgia, I write
this letter in opposition to the proposed Sabal Pipeline location in
the populous area of Dougherty County / Albany, Georgia. The Sabal
Pipeline proposed location is a “reckless” proposal that negates the
health and safety of current and future residents of Dougherty
County / Albany, Georgia. Many of the residents Continue reading Sabal Trail is a reckless proposal –GA State Senator Sims to FERC→
Writing directly to the FERC Commissioners,
these representatives stand up for the people against
pipeline company greed.
For immediate release: Friday, October 23, 2015
Contact: Max Gigle, 202-225-3631
PROPOSED SABAL TRAIL RAISES ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, HEALTH CONCERNS
CONGRESSMAN BISHOP AND GEORGIA HOUSE DEMOCRATS DEMAND ALTERNATIVES
ALBANY, GA — Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02)
spearheaded a letter with Congressmen John Lewis (GA-05), Henry
‘Hank’ Johnson Jr. (GA-04), and David Scott (GA-13) to the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) raising concerns regarding Sabal
Trail’s application for a certificate of public convenience and
necessity to construct a 516-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter natural gas
pipeline through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The letter
especially cites the proposed location of the pipeline and an
accompanying compressor station in Albany, Georgia, which is located
in Dougherty County. The proposed location raises serious
environmental justice issues that have not been fully addressed by
FERC in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the
Citizens renamed Sabal Trail the Sinkhole Pipeline because it doesn’t belong in the sinkhole-prone karst limestone of the Floridan Aquifer.
FERC can’t say they weren’t told, since videographers followed them
through all four cities so far; see for yourself.
Albany, Monday 28 September 2015, videos by Thomas Swain
There will be another public comment period and a public hearing on
Sabal Trail’s latest air quality permit application, said
Eric Cornwell of GA-EPD just now by telephone. He also said:
“So far, nobody seems to want this thing. Usually somebody is
for jobs or taxes, but not this time. One of the first times I’ve
run into a situation where neither the residents nor the county
officials want it.”