If I’m not mistaken, this is the same pipeline Spectra Energy
pulled out of bidding on back in August 2014,
after numerous local resolutions against.
Now it’s hit another big snag.
And this also affects Southern Company and solar power: in a good way.
Aaron Isherwood and Nicholas Jimenez,
Sierra Club, 6 January 2016,
Forest Service Rejects Destructive Path for “Atlantic Coast
A few days ago, the Forest Service rejected a destructive pathway
Dominion Energy had proposed for the $5 billion “Atlantic Coast
Pipeline” the company wants to build to carry natural gas from
fracking in the Marcellus shale field in northern West Virginia to
power plants along the coast of Virginia and North Carolina. This is
great news for our National Forests, our ground water, and the
Because the pipeline would have cleared a swath through two national
forests (the George Washington and Monongahela), Dominion needed
sign-off from the Forest Service. After reviewing the route, the
Forest Service determined the environmental destruction the pipeline
would cause was unacceptable and rejected the proposal in a
January 19 letter
Southern Company (NYSE:SO, and parent of Georgia Power) is
in the process of buying Continue reading Forest Service rejects path for Atlantic Coast Pipeline →
Spectra Energy Corp. (SE) is a publicly traded stock.
Who buys it?
Institutional investors as a small chip
and mutual funds, including college investment 529E funds
that maybe don’t know the fracking boom is going bust
way before many children get to college.
the top five institutional SE investors are: Continue reading Who owns Spectra? →
FERC had been saying no LNG export, yet the pipeline partners said a year ago
in their Open Season: “as well as deliveries to Cove Point LNG”.
NextEra, co-owner of Sabal Trail Transmission,
is one of the Mountain Valley Pipeline partners.
Sabal Trail and FERC have told us Sabal Trail is not for LNG export,
yet they never told us about an already-approved LNG export license
right where the Sabal Trail pipeline chain goes in Florida.
Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times, 25 June 2015,
Mountain Valley Pipeline partner says operation could be used for exports,
A partner in the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline confirmed
this week that natural gas transported by the pipeline could be one
supply source for liquefied natural gas bound for India.
The news comes after Paul Friedman, a project manager for the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, repeatedly — and
publicly — dismissed concerns last month from pipeline
opponents that natural gas transported through the pipeline would be
WGL Midstream has a Continue reading A pipeline partner admits LNG export is possible →
Are Spectra and FPL running short on money so they have to take on a new investor?
Has the opposition cost them $225 million already?
The AP story includes two misconceptions.
After protests continuing into this year, a criminal trespass
lawsuit against Sabal Trail, and multiple parties filing amicus briefs,
this is all AP remembers:
The pipeline drew protests from southwest Georgia residents last
year, who said they do not want a pollution-emitting compression
station near their homes.
And despite Sabal Trail’s continued failure to demonstrate need,
AP repeats this old canard:
Currently there are only two major pipelines that deliver natural
gas to Florida. Both are nearing capacity.
Not if the Sunshine State gets on with solar power, like even
the most corrupt state (Georgia) is doing.
Interestingly, there’s no press release from any of Sabal Trail, Spectra,
NextEra, or FPL about this,
but there’s this obviously slanted Duke Energy PR, 5 May 2015,
Duke Energy buys 7.5% of previously announced Sabal Trail pipeline that will meet growing need for natural gas in Southeast U.S., Continue reading Duke Energy buys into Sabal Trail →
This is what we’re going to get in
Dougherty County, Georgia,
and Lowndes County, and
Suwannee County, Florida, and all the
other counties along whichever route FERC picks for the Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline to
three already-authorized LNG export operations in Florida,
unless somebody actually does something more than just talk.
What talk gets you is being counted as one of n speakers at m meetings,
and then this:
The Commission found that the proposal, as mitigated with 79
conditions found in Appendix B of today’s order, is in the public
That’s right, FERC found Continue reading FERC authorized Cove Point LNG export in Maryland →
A second Virginia county board passed
a resolution against Spectra’s
proposed route for Duke’s Pennsylvania-to-North-Carolina pipeline
just as Spectra “suspended” its activities.
Warren County, VA realized that a few personal property business taxes and lodging and meals
taxes during construction wouldn’t be nearly enough to balance
state designated historic districts, state and federal designated
historic sites, state designated scenic byways, state designated
scenic rivers, agricultural and forestal districts, the Appalachian
Trail, Civil War battlefields and historic sites, and conservation
Are not Florida, Georgia, and Alabama’s agriculture, springs, rivers, and Floridan Aquifer as important as Virginia’s Appalachian Trail and historic sites?
Alex Bridges wrote for NV Daily 8 August 2014,
Supervisors oppose gas line route,
FRONT ROYAL—Warren County leaders this week joined opponents
of a $4 billion, natural gas pipeline slated to run through five
Duke Energy issued a request for proposals to build the pipeline to
connect resources in western Pennsylvania to its facilities in North
Carolina. Spectra Energy Partners responded to Duke’s request and
proposed a corridor through Warren County and other jurisdictions.
Here’s Duke’s PR of 1 April 2014 about its pipeline RFP, Continue reading Warren County, VA resolution against Spectra pipeline →
One month before
Spectra “suspended” its Pennsylvania to Carolina
pipeline plans, a Virginia county passed a resolution saying it didn’t want it.
please don’t cross our river like Hamilton County, Florida.
Don’t come through here at all, said Rappahannock County, Virginia.
Piedmont Environmental Council,
Rappahannock County Passes Resolution Opposing Spectra Alignment
A resolution titled “Rappahannock County Opposition To The
Construction of An Underground Natural Gas Transmission LIne within
Its Jurisdiction,” was passed by the Rappahannock Board of
Supervisors on July 7, 2014. The resolution urges Duke Energy to
select another proposed corridor for its energy needs.
the resolution. Continue reading Supervisors oppose any Spectra alignment through Rappahannock County , VA →
Pipeline objections from landowners, taxpayers, local and state government
agencies, environmental groups, and historical societies caused mighty
Spectra to “suspend” its unnamed $4 billion methane pipeline from Pennsylvania
fracking grounds through Virginia to Duke Energy plants near
the sea in North Carolina.
Similar opposition can make Spectra and Williams and FPL and Duke
think again about their proposed $3 billion Transco -> Sabal Trail -> FSC
hundred-foot gouge through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida
three already-authorized LNG export operations in Florida.
This was apparently the first report, by John Bruce,
for The Recorder
of Monterey, Highland County, Virginia, 7 August 2014,
Spectra suspends pipeline proposal, Continue reading Spectra suspends mid-Atlantic pipeline to the sea →
225 years after the French Revolution began with the storming of the Bastille
on 14 July 1789, an activist dressed as the Statue of Liberty,
a French gift to the United States, was one of 24 arrested
in front of FERC, protesting fracking, pipelines, and LNG export.
Brandon Baker wrote for EcoWatch 14 July 2014,
24 Anti-Fracking Activists Arrested in Washington at First-Ever FERC Sit-In Protest,
Twenty-four anti-fracking activists were arrested Monday morning in Washington D.C. in protest of proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals in the U.S., according to environmental groups tweeting from the scene.
The protest centered on Cove Point, an export terminal that Continue reading Arrests at anti-fracking FERC sit-in protest →
Opposition to fracking, pipelines, and LNG export is nationwide and growing.
One week ago, activists from Maryland, DC, and Virginia
marched on Washington to demand an end to plans for
exporting fracked methane from Maryland.
Mike Tidwell wrote for Chesapeake Climate Action Network (ccan) 15 July 2014,
ALL ABOUT UNITY: THANK YOU AND ONWARD FROM THE STOP GAS EXPORTS RALLY,
Wow. On Sunday, the heat scorching the streets of DC was palpable. But, even more so, was the passion and power of our movement. THANKS to everyone who turned out to say NO to fracking, NO to gas exports at Cove Point, NO to runaway climate change, and YES to real clean energy solutions.
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We know the gas industry is all about division — blasting apart the rock beneath our earth, running pipelines through our towns, and further disrupting our fragile climate — now to ship the gas overseas for higher profit. Continue reading March on FERC against Cove Point LNG exports 2014-07-13 →