Rubberstamp FERC process?
Sabal Trail seems to think so, since it announced two contracts with
Berg Pipe to manufacture pipe several days before
it even formally filed with FERC for a permit,
and the winning contractor announced a full week before that filing.
Sabal Trail claimed economic benefits for Alabama and Florida,
but apparently couldn’t come up any for Georgia.
You can contact
your local, state, and federal elected and appointed officials about this.
FERC published Sabal Trail’s formal filing
21 November 2015.
Earlier that same week, 17 November 2015,
Sabal Trail put out two press releases, one each for Alabama and Florida: Continue reading Sabal Trail announced pipe supplier contracts before filing with FERC →
The page FERC lost of the Dougherty County resolution against
the Sabal Trail pipeline asks FERC to move it completely out
We ask that serious consideration and analysis be given
to the alternative route through the Panhandle of Florida, a copy of
which is attached hereto.
The missing page is now
integrated into the previous post.
Thanks to Dougherty County Attorney Spencer Lee for sending it.
And below is that
Panhandle route, as filed by Sabal Trail with FERC in November 2013. Continue reading Consider Panhandle route: page 2 of Dougherty County Sabal Trail resolution →
FERC can’t even say how many pipelines have been approved,
rejected, or went forward even if approved; no wonder
they’re being scrutinized.
Hannah Northey, E&E, 3 November 2014,
FERC faces heightened scrutiny as gas projects proliferate,
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission these days is drawing a
crowd of companies promoting projects linked to the U.S. natural gas
boom and protesters who say the agency blithely greenlights too many
pipelines, export terminals and other gas infrastructure.
Foes of a FERC-approved export terminal at Cove Point, Md., recently
rallied Continue reading FERC nervous about being watched →
Update 2014-11-11: Thanks to Spencer Lee,
Dougherty County Attorney, for sending the second page of the
resolution, which does ask FERC to move the pipeline completely out
of Georgia; see
below. 2014-12-11: PDF of the two pages of the resolution and PDF of the entire FERC filing with the missing page interpolated.
FERC managed to lose the actual resolution on the second page of
Dougherty County Commission’s FERC filing of today,
but the WHEREASes are enough to see that DoCo says
….the health and
welfare of our community will be severely compromised by the
construction ofthe pipeline and any associated compressor stations
within Dougherty County; and
it is clear to the Board that, to this date, Sabal Trail has not
articulated a justifiable need for the pipeline as it traverses
Here’s a PDF on SpectraBusters.org of today’s DoCo filing,
in case FERC manages to lose that, too.
Here’s the WHEREAS page while we’re waiting on FERC to find the lost
page, like it eventually did for
Bill Kendall’s letter about lack of need, false pretense, and duress.
Maybe FERC just can’t handle the truth?
Continue reading FERC lost half of Dougherty County Sabal Trail resolution →
A RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO THE 465 MILE INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS
PIPELINE PROPOSED BY SABAL TRANSMISSISON, LLC AS SAID PIPELINE
TRAVERSES THROUGH DOUGHERTY COUNTY; REPEALING RESOLUTIONS OR PARTS
OF RESOLUTIONS IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
Not finding any news about other Open Houses,
I called FERC’s John Peconom, who said there were no others scheduled
of which he was aware.
He added that these Open Houses were organizd by Sabal Trail.
I pointed out that he was attending them for FERC, so presumably he would know
if there were any others.
He agreed that he would.
I thanked him for saving me a lot of time trying to find others.
So your two choices for Sabal Trail Open Houses this month are: Continue reading Only the two Open Houses in Albany and Jasper –John Peconom →
By Mike Benard today in the Peekskill, NY Daily Voice. -jsq
OpEd: Spectra Energy: Trust Facts Not Promises,
Speaking from experience with Spectra Energy, property owners and
communities can expect the company (NYSE: SE) will not do what
it says it will in terms of transparency and accountability; and the
company will develop amnesia when questioned about its actual track
record relating to safety and federal fines.
Managing by fact is simple. If communities and local governments
want to know what to expect from Spectra Energy, ask folks who live
with its facilities today.
For example, property owners in Bedford County, Pa. (about Continue reading OpEd: Spectra Energy: Trust Facts Not Promises –Mike Benard →
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson of Our Santa Fe River
sent this letter yesterday to the same
newspapers Sabal Trail has been in recently. -jsq
Sabal Trail’s spokesperson distributing large quantities of disinformation
“Safety, public input, federal monitoring, jobs, tax revenue, exceed
federal safety requirements, reliability, affordable, clean,
thorough review, latest proven technologies:” these are all good
little meta tags and nice sounding words and phrases used by Andrea
Grover, public relations employee for Sabal Trail, in
editorial about that company’s proposed natural gas pipeline which
was carried by newspapers in the southeastern United States.
But let us point out a few facts that this editorial fails to
mention. There were plenty of public input meetings (we attended
seven of these, and we read the minutes from others) and the input
was overwhelmingly negative. Issues of concern include Continue reading Inadequate insurance and safety plus eminent domain and environmental destruction by Sabal Trail –OSFR →
FERC is less transparent about a $3 billion project than a local
library board was about a $10 million project.
Last night in Valdosta FERC again failed to provide the RFP used in selecting
the environmental contractor to be used on all three of the proposed
connected methane pipelines.
I’ve never heard of any other tax-funded agency refusing to release an
RFP of which they have a copy. Have you?
FERC Kevin Bowman environmental protection specialist (pictured on the left)
said he’d never
heard anyone request an RFP before.
He should talk to his FERC co-worker John Peconom (pictured on the right),
because, as I mentioned when I stood up to talk, Peconom had already
refused to release that RFP.
make-up Open House in Moultrie
I asked John Peconom for: Continue reading FERC refuses to release RFP for environmental contractor →
A few weeks ago
John Peconom of FERC referred me to Sabal Trail’s
comments on solar power; something about all the area you’d have
to clear to provide as much energy as that 36-inch pipeline.
OK, I’ve looked, and it’s the same kind of disinformation
Georgia Power used to spout about you’d need to clear an area
the size of Atlanta to power Atlanta with solar power.
Nevermind you already have an area that size: it’s called Atlanta!
Rooftops, parking lots, streets, etc.: plenty of room.
And Sabal Trail’s disinformation completely ignores that
solar power (and wind) are growing far faster than methane energy production.
If this is
FERC’s justification for eminent domain to get fracked gas
to Florida, it’s a very flimsy justification indeed.
We shouldn’t expect anything more from a company that would profit
by that eminent domain.
But we should expect more from a tax-funded federal agency that
is supposed to represent we the people.
Bear in mind that
all new U.S. electric generation in September 2012 came from wind and solar.
October 2013 72.1% of all new U.S. capacity came from solar,
according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA),
from FERC itself.
And FERC doesn’t even count
the million solar rooftops that are going in.
In 10.3.3 Non-Gas Energy Alternatives in its
Draft Resource Report 10: Alternatives (RR10),
Sabal Trail correctly dismisses dirty and expensive coal, oil, and nuclear,
and even hydro as major energy sources for flat Florida.
However, what’s in there about wind and solar is just plain bogus. Continue reading Sabal Trail solar and wind misinformation →