Two weeks for all the
rushing to make the
20 November 2015 final EIS notice date,
for a final decision 18 February 2016.
The Draft EIS released Friday 4 September 2015
is very long, but the most basic question is very short:
why is FERC rushing to rubberstamp the unnecessary,
destructive, and hazardous Sabal Trail pipeline and its fracked methane siblings Hillabee Transco and FSC
when there’s neither need nor public benefit?
The Sunshine State should go
straight to solar power.
If you don’t want any of these pipelines,
you can send in your comments both
to FERC and to state and local agencies and
and show up at
these FERC meetings to protest.
You can also still file
a motion to intervene with FERC.
And don’t forget to
call Georgia Gov. Deal.
Filed with FERC 4 September 2015 as
Accession Number: 20150904-3011,
“Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Southeast Market Pipelines Project re Florida Southeast Connection, LLC et al under CP14-554 et al.” Continue reading FERC meetings for Draft Environmental Impact Statement 28 Sep 2015 – 8 Oct 2015 →
FPL wants federal eminent domain to gouge a hundred-foot right of way
for a yard-wide fracked methane pipeline
through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida,
claiming Florida needs new power.
That don’t pass the smell test.
Nationwide electricity demand continues to decline,
as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reminded
the pipeline-permitting Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in April.
EPA asked FPL why it couldn’t implement
conservation, efficiency, compressed gas storage, or other energy sources.
FPL projected 13% electricity demand increase in its
2014 ten-year plan to the Florida Public Service Commission (FL PSC).
A third pipeline would be a 50% increase. Why?
Sabal Trail, the pipeline joint venture of FPL and Spectra Energy of Houston,
claims Duke Energy needs Continue reading It don’t pass the smell test: FPL’s extra natural gas pipeline –SpectraBusters →
What is FERC required to do to justifiy a pipeline certificate
and eminent domain?
John Peconom of FERC told me that
federal eminent domain was justified by Florida needing the gas,
therefore it was for the good of the United States.
Peconom didn’t provide a reference, but FERC’s own documents say FERC is supposed to balance public benefits,
which means somebody has to demonstrate those public benefits.
Also, one-time payments to landowners may not be enough.
In FERC’s own
Natural Gas Environmental Guidelines,
GUIDANCE MANUAL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT PREPARATION, Continue reading What is FERC required to do? →