Spectra, FPL, and Williams have not even formally filed with
FERC for pipeline permits yet, and that process usually takes about a year.
Permitting confusion benefits Spectra about its
Sabal Trail Transmission 36-inch hundred-foot-right-of-way
fracked methane pipeline, because people don’t know what they can do.
You can file ecomments right now, and show up and protest.
As soon as the pipeline company
files for the formal permit process, you can file as an
which gives you legal rights to be heard, file legal briefs,
and to appeal.
state and local permits also have to be filed,
and people can participate in those processes.
Even if there ever is a FERC permit, a landowner who makes
the pipeline company actually go through the eminent domain
process will very likely get a better deal.
If enough landowners say
Come and Take It,
the whole thing may become uneconomical for Spectra,
as for Williams Company when it
cancelled the Bluegrass Pipeline in Kentucky.
Spectra and Williams and FPL are currently in the
pre-filing process with FERC, Continue reading Timeline: Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline has no permit yet →
Princeton, New Jersey, resolved to ask FERC to reject Williams Transco’s
current plan for a 42-inch pipeline.
This week, U.S. Congress and Senate members from New Jersey
asked FERC to “review all safety issues”.
This is all partly because a Transco contractor was involved in
an explosion in March.
Spectra was the “probable cause” of the 1994 Durham Woods, NJ pipeline
explosion and fire,
according to NTSB.
Seems like time for some town around here to ask FERC to reject
the Sabal Trail pipeline, and for Congressmen and Senators to join in.
Contractor being sued for Ewing explosion to build Transco pipeline in Princeton, Montgomery,
By Nicole Mulvaney/The Times of Trenton, Continue reading Princeton asks FERC to reject, Congressmen and Senators ask for safety review →
Almost $1 million PHMSA fine to Williams Transco for
safety regulation violations that let corrosion continue
until a pipeline exploded near Appomattox, Virginia in 2008,
taking out two homes and injuring five people, with local and state governments
footing the bill as usual for the pipeline company failure.
Yet Transco let much the same thing happen again
in 2011 in Marengo
County, Virginia, after which even PHMSA said
“Transco has a history of cathodic protection [corrosion] concerns on other segments.”
The Lynchburg News & Advance wrote 11 August 2009,
Company fined in Appomattox pipeline explosion, Continue reading Williams Transco explosion in Appomattox Virginia 2008-11-14 →
Fourth major incident this year for Williams, this time in Wyoming.
Yet again locals and their local and state governments were left
to pick up the tab,
and the cause is still “under investigation”.
Ryan Parker wrote for the Denver Post 23 April 2014,
Wyoming town evacuated after gas plant explosion,
There was an explosion followed by a fire Wednesday afternoon at the
Williams Gas Plant near Opal, Wyo..
The entire town of Opal was evacuated Continue reading Williams explosion and fire, Opal, WY 2014-04-23 →
In which Williams admits subsidence can cause a gas pipeline explosion.
So does an even larger (36-inch vs. 12-inch) pipeline through
the fragile karst sinkhole-prone limestone of the Floridan Aquifer
for the Sabal Trail pipeline connected to Williams’ Transco sound like
a good idea?
Especially considering pipeline companies aren’t held accountable
for the expense of their explosions, leaving local and state
governments to pick up the tab?
Jeff Jenkins wrote for MetroNews 5 April 2014,
Resident describes natural gas line explosion in Marshall County,
“It was a very loud explosion. I got up and looked out the
window. It sounded like a plane, like a jet engine liner was going
over the top of my house,” Fork Ridge Road resident Roger
Dobbs told MetroNews Saturday. “I looked out the back window
and you could see the smoke flying high in the sky and the flames
The site is about a mile from Dobbs’ home. The line is owned by a
subsidiary of Williams, LP and carries unprocessed natural gas from
production wells according to a statement from the company.
Emergency officials initially believed the rupture may have been
caused by a mudslide. The line was Continue reading Williams Oak Grove explosion in Marshall County, WV 2014-04-05 →
A two-mile evacuation ratio around a Williams fracked methane facility
in Oregon, and once again a state agency investigates while federal
PHMSA does nothing, same near Plymouth, WA, as on Sauvie Island, OR.
Kristi Phil reported for the Tri-City Herald 31 March 2014,
UPDATE: Evacuation radius near Plymouth plant to be reduced,
It’s unknown when Plymouth residents will be able to return to their
homes after an explosion and fire at a nearby natural gas facility
Monday morning triggered fears of a second, larger explosion.
Up to 1,000 residents and agricultural workers were evacuated from a
two-mile radius around Northwest Pipeline in south Benton County
after the explosion, which caused slow leaks from a massive storage
tank and injured five people.
Hazardous materials experts entered the liquefied natural gas
facility Monday afternoon for the first time nearly eight hours
after the initial explosion and fire inside a building at Northwest
Pipeline, a subsidiary of Williams Partners.
Claire Graham and Emily Bowman reported for KNDO 23 and KNDU 25 1 April 2014,
Fire and Explosion at Natural Gas Plant near Plymouth,
Pipeline safety investigators from the Washington Utilities and
Transportation Commission are responding Continue reading Williams fire and explosion near Plymouth, WA 2014-03-31 →
Unless somebody dies or is injured, it’s not a reportable incident,
says the federal agency in charge of investigating fracked methane pipeline
PHMSA finally deputized a state Oregon safety organization after three months
of leaks from a pipeline
owned by Williams Company, also owner of Transco, the first pipeline
in the Transco -> Sabal Trail -> FSC chain to the sea through Alabama
and Georgia to LNG export from Florida.
Lynne Terry reported for Oregon Live 10 January 2014,
Safety switch triggers natural gas leak on Sauvie Island,
Williams spokesman Tom Droege said gas spewed into the air in a
controlled manner for about 70 minutes. He said Williams personnel
switched the gas flow to a secondary line. The station is now
Gas service was not interrupted during the leak and no one was
injured, Droege said.
The company apologized for inconvenience to residents. Households
were evacuated and the bridge was closed in response to the leak.
Three months later, Continue reading PHMSA deputized Oregon PUC to investigate three-month Williams Co. methane leak →
Williams Co.’s excuse: “an insufficient level of firm customer commitment”
for its Marcellus shale to Gulf of Mexico gas pipe.
That’s corporate-ese for it got to be too expensive; it’s the same thing
a company that wanted to put a biomass plant in Lowndes County said.
Couldn’t have had anything to do with massive public resistance, oh no.
This is the same Williams Co. that owns Transco, first in the chain
of the Transco -> Sabal Trail -> Florida Southeast Connection
pipeline through Alabama and Georgia to Florida’s Atlantic
and Gulf coasts, where there are already several companies
authorized for LNG export.
That one could get too expensive, too.
Tim Rudell wrote for WKSU 29 April 2014,
Bluegrass pipeline project through Ohio and beyond is cancelled, Continue reading Bluegrass fracked methane pipeline cancelled →
People talk about LNG exports to China through the
Transco – Sabal Trail – Florida Southeast Connection
pipeline, even though
FPL says it knows nothing about exports through that
Southeast Market Pipelines Project (SMPP), and FERC also seems to know nothing.
If that fracked gas really can go to China, where’s
FERC’s rationale for federal eminent domain,
which depends on Florida needing the gas?
FPL’s own 10-Year Site Plan doesn’t support a need for the gas,
EPA doesn’t buy what it’s seen as rationalizations for that
can the gas go to China?
FERC has admitted in more than one Scoping Meeting that it’s not the
pipeline company that has to get export authorization: it’s the end user.
And FPL is not the only end user and FERC is not the only export-authorizing agency. Continue reading Can Sabal Trail fracked methane go to China? →
FPL doubled down on a need
because it claims fracked methane is “clean”,
FERC filing of 21 April 2014.
FPL says it is
“a strong supporter of solar power”
even though it
didn’t increase its solar capacity from 2010 to 2013
because of the lame baseload capacity excuse.
FPL says it knows nothing about
Export of Gas, even though
Floridian LNG, located next to FPL’s Martin County “Clean Energy” Center right at the end of the Transco-Sabal-FSC pipeline,
was approved for LNG export by the U.S. DoE Office Fossil Energy (FE)
14 November 2013,
Crowley Maritime’s Carib Energy
was approved for export from Florida by FE 27 July 2011.
And FPL says its ratepayers are not paying the costs
of the pipeline, even though FPL VP of development and external affairs Pam Rauch
argued in pring 29 July 2012 for a “Clean Energy” (fracked methane) Center at Cape Canaveral
that was one of several mentioned
by the Tampa Times 24 October 2014
as a reason for a new pipeline,
and that same Pam Rauch
filed PF14-2 with FERC for the Florida Southeast Connection (FSC) pipeline that connects from Sabal Trail to FPL’s
“Clean Energy” Center in Martin County, next to Floridian LNG.
FPL doesn’t seem to know what’s going on next to it,
and maybe not what its own employees are doing.
I hope EPA doesn’t consider
the questions it filed with FERC the same day
answered by this weak tea from FPL.
April 21, 2014
Ms. Kimberly D. Bose
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20426
Southeast Market Pipelines Project
Docket Nos. PF14-1-000, PF14-2-000, and PF14-6-000
Dear Ms. Bose:
Florida Power & Light Company (“FPL”) hereby submits these comments in response Continue reading FPL supports solar power without spending money on it –FPL to FERC →