Shale basins lie under our Floridan Aquifer in
most of south Georgia and much of north Florida,
northwest Georgia, so it’s time for Georgia counties to join Florida
in passing anti-fracking resolutions.
I submitted a request for a resolution to ban fracking in Georgia to
the Thomas County Board of Commissioners on 3/15/2015. So please, I
would like the people of Thomas County to reinforce this and the
people of all counties in Gerogia to do likewise. Together we can
stop this crime!
Here’s the text of the request he sent to the Thomas County Commission: Continue reading Anti-fracking resolution suggested to Thomas County, Georgia →
Here’s why you should ecomment to FERC and your elected officials right now.
Sabal Trail filed key materials after FERC’s stated deadline,
a Suwannee County, FL landowner points out in a FERC ecomment,
also revealing Sabal Trail
still didn’t address key springs upstream and down from its proposed new pipeline path, and said nothing about
beneath the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers.
a call to action from Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson:
I realize many of you have seen me (and a few others) navigate
through a enormous amount of meetings, letters, social media
announcements to stop the Sabal Trail Gas (fracked)Transmission
Pipeline cutting through one of our most vulnerable areas of our
World, the Florida Springs Heartland.
You have watched and read from the sidelines for nearly 2 years. It
is time for you to act. Call it my Continue reading Time to comment to FERC on Sabal Trail ignoring springs on Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers →
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 →
The Congress member for all of the north Florida path of the
proposed Sabal Trail methane pipeline invites you to a Town Hall in Ocala Monday.
Ted Yoho’s facebook page,
Ocala Town Hall
Hosted by Congressman Ted Yoho
6:30-7:30pm Monday 17 March 2014
3733 SW 80th Avenue, Ocala, FL
Come join me for a Town Hall meeting on Monday, March 17th at
Westport High School. I’ll be there to give an update on what is
happening in Washington as well as answer any questions or concerns.
Doors open at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
Florida’s Third Congressional District includes part or all of all of the north Florida counties
on the pipeline path: Madison County, Hamilton County, Columbia County, Suwannee County, Gilchrist County, Alachua County, Levy County, and Marion County.
Continue reading Ted Yoho (FL-03) Town Hall in Ocala, FL tomorrow 17 March 2014 →
The same U.S. House subcommittee that wants to
export liquid natural gas
is pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The two subcommittee members are from Alabama and Florida represent
counties in the paths of two Spectra methane pipelines.
Ted Poe (R TX-02) of Houston,
Chairman of the
SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NONPROLIFERATION, AND TRADE
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
spelled out the connection to natural gas in the panel discussion
for the hearing on
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Outlook and Opportunities,
Hopefully, we will change that and become an exporter,
especially of natural gas.
This meshes with his remark hearing on natural gas exports:
The Department of Energy has not approved an application to export
to a country we don’t have a Free Trade Agreement with in 2 years.
Presumably he meant FERC, which bills itself as
an independent agency.
The point remains the same: Chairman Poe wants more free trade agreements
for more LNG exports.
In his opening statement to the TPP hearing he spelled out that he
considers the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be a free trade agreement: Continue reading The Trans-Pacific Partnership and LNG exports →
Here’s how Spectra’s VP of Stakeholder Outreach Susan Waller
her assertion quoted in the Valdosta Daily Times Tuesday.
“I want stakeholders to talk to us. They have to ask the
questions so we can answer them,” Waller said. “Keep
talking. Don’t shut down.”
When I asked the FERC representatives at the Madison County meeting
how to get Spectra to answer questions,
file comments with FERC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (corrected)
Valdosta, December 17,
2013 –Talk directly to the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC) that would have to approve the Sabal Trail
methane pipeline at the last Open Houses in Madison and
Kissimmee, Florida, tonight. Protesters against the pipeline
will be out front starting at 4PM.
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM,
Monday, December 16th
Tuesday, December 17th
North Florida Community College
325 Turner Davis Dr.
Madison, FL 32340
2410 Dyer Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Spectra Energy proposes a hundred-foot-wide gash
through our lands for their huge 36 inch Sabal Trail
gas pipeline from Alabama through Georgia to feed Florida
Power and Light (FPL) and Duke Energy for no benefit to
local citizens and rate hikes for FPL customers. A one-time
payment is not enough for decreased property values,
permanent destruction, and hazards of leaks and explosions,
when FPL and Spectra and Duke would profit forever. The gas
comes from fracking in Pennsylvania and Texas, destroying
whole watersheds and poisoning farmlands and drinking water.
Solar power is cheaper and brings jobs and energy right here
where we need them.
In Conjunction with:
Continue reading Protest to FERC at the last Sabal Trail gas pipeline Open Houses →
Is this what that proposed pipeline is really for, exporting gas
for profit of gas company executives at the cost of our local land?
Rep. Ted Yoho (R FL-03) of north Florida is on this House subcommittee.
25 April 2013,
NATURAL GAS EXPORTS: ECONOMIC AND GEOPOLITICAL OPPORTUNITIES:
THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NONPROLIFERATION, AND TRADE
OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION,
Opening statement by Chairman Ted Poe (R TX-02) of Houston:
Five years ago, companies were building terminals to import natural
gas at the cost of billions of dollars because analysts agreed that
the United States’ economy was going to need natural gas from
overseas. Today, that scenario has changed 180 percent. Import
terminals lie dormant. The Department of Energy has 19 applications
waiting to get permission to export natural gas. Thanks to
breakthroughs, the United States’ natural gas reserves have climbed
72 percent since 2000 and 49 percent since 2005. The amount of
natural gas that is technically recoverable in the United States is
97 times greater than all of the natural gas we consumed in 2011. In
plain terms, this means we have an abundance of natural gas that we
are not using. It is just sitting there, and this is really not
smart policy, or smart business.
A big reason why is Continue reading House subcommittee wants to export gas →