In April 2014 the Groveland, Florida City Council unanimously
voted to ask FERC
to move the Sabal Trail pipeline off of private property
and the Green Swamp and onto Florida state lands.
The vote is recorded in their
minutes of April 21, 2014:
Resolution 2014-04-06: Sabal Trail Transmission Line
Motion to approve
Vice Mayor James Smith,
Council Member John Griffin.
Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary:
Yes = 5).
The text of the resolution is in their
agenda packet: Continue reading Resolution against Sabal Trail pipeline –Groveland, FL 2014-04-21 →
Opposition to the Sabal Trail pipeline may be having more widespread effects.
The same day
FERC told Sabal Trail to pay attention to karst limestone sinkhole opposition,
Duke announced it wasn’t going to “modernize” that plant.
Two days later,
Sabal Trail told one of that opposition that it was considering
moving its Suwannee River crossing upstream, that is, away from Duke’s
Ivan Penn wrote for Tampa Bay Times 26 August 2014,
In flip-flop, Duke Energy will buy existing power plant, not build one, Continue reading Duke withdraws Suwannee and Polk plant plans →
Tuesday May 27th Duke plans to file with FL PSC
for approval to use Sabal Trail fracked methane at its former
Crystal River nuclear site in Citrus County, Florida,
and apparently for two other Duke plants in Suwannee County and Polk County.
The Citrus County Commissioners have a Comprehensive Plan change for Duke on their agenda for
day, May 27th, for a Public Hearing June 10th.
We already knew last December
that Duke’s usual spokesman said Sabal Trail “plans to provide the gas” for Duke’s plant,
which explains why Sabal Trail proposed last November a Citrus County Pipeline
that goes right to Duke’s site.
And now we have further confirmation.
current top news story is by Robby Douglas in Citrus Daily 15 May 2014,
Duke to build natural gas plant here, close coal plants, Continue reading Duke gas plants to be fueled by Sabal Trail fracked methane →
A reporter for a major newspaper is calling Spectra on its safety record,
and calling Spectra’s responses “not good enough”!
After thirty years of Spectra safety promises, that’s putting it mildly.
A Maine resident put it this way after the Spectra’s Searsmont compressor blowout: “we were clearly lied to”.
Lauren Ritchie wrote for the Orlando Sentinel today,
Safety record of natural-gas pipeline partner raises concerns,
Spectra Energy Corp. along with FPL’s parent, NextEra Energy, would
bury the 473-mile Sabal Trail pipeline expected to carry 1 billion
cubic feet per day of natural gas to just south of Orlando in
Osceola County, where it would connect to another line for eventual
delivery to FPL in Martin County.
Spectra’s safety record, however, leaves something to be desired.
Take, for example, the company’s Texas Eastern pipeline, a
9,200-mile Spectra project connecting Texas with the markets in the
Between 2006 and 2013, the company had 21 “incidents” along the
line, causing Continue reading Methane pipeline safety record questioned –Lauren Ritchie →
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Valdosta, 16 March 2014 —
Florida forms the field for the pipeline fight this week, at
a Suwannee County Commissioners meeting and three FERC
Scoping Meetings. Plus later a SpectraBusters panel on the
FERC Scoping Meetings*:
This week’s calendar:
In Conjunction with:
Continue reading Fight the Fracking Pipeline in Florida →
“But this isn’t an issue just for tree-huggers.
It’s one that every person who uses water ought to latch on to,”
I added the links and the images below to what
Lauren Ritchie wrote in the Orlando Sentinel yesterday,
Move path for natural-gas pipeline to protect water supply,
Only a relatively small piece of a proposed natural-gas pipeline
that is to cross three states would come through a corner of south
Lake County, but the route is directly through one of the most
environmentally sensitive areas in Florida.
And, unfortunately, the pipeline is to be built by a company whose
safety record is hardly sterling and whose tendency is to stare
silently when asked questions about accidents.
I’d recognize the pipeline company from that description. Continue reading Water supply more important than methane pipeline –Lauren Ritchie →