FERC Authorization for Sabal Trail to Commence Drilling under Georgia Rivers 2016-08-25

Update 2016-10-10: Going beyond the ones named in FERC’s commence order, this blog post includes maps for ALL RIVER CROSSINGS IN ALL THREE STATES!

Update 2016-10-10: All 527 of Sabal Trail’s April 2016 alignment maps are now available in small, big, huge, and PDF formats, courtesy of Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE): follow this link to the LAKE website.

Nevermind that historic 128 to 34 Georgia House vote against river-drilling easements. Chattahoochee River HDD, Russell Co. AL, Stewart Co., GA The Georgia Attorney General’s office declined to defend lawsuits in county Superior Courts (including Lowndes County, GA), and judges gave Sabal Trail the easements. Then the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued its permit. So Thursday John Peconom of FERC told Sabal Trail to start drilling under Georgia’s Chattahoochee, Flint, Ochlockonee, and Withlacoochee Rivers, as well as Hannahatchee Creek. They avoided Okapilco Creek by planning on plowing through Hog Creek just upstream in Colquitt County.

Hannahatchee Creek HDD, KMI Pipeline, Chattahoochee Valley Trail, Stewart Co., GA

Only Georgia rivers are included in FERC’s particular commence order; not Alabama’s Tallapoosa River, Oaktasasi Creek, or Hillabee Creek, and not Florida’s Suwannee River, Santa Fe River, Withlacoochee South River, or Shingle Creek. But don’t be surprised when Mr. Peconom, doling out go-aheads bit by bit, gets around to targetting those streams as well. Profit for a pipeline company from Houston, Texas is, after all, more important to FERC than our rivers, aquifer, drinking water, or property rights.

Flint River HDD, Dougherty Co., GA Yes, there are things you can do, listed at the end of Federal permits inflame opposition to Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline boondoggle WWALS PR 2016-08-16

People wanted to know exactly where are these river crossings. See the maps shown here (click on any one of them for a larger image), pulled from Sabal Trail’s alignment sheets of 7 April 2016, filed with FERC as Ochlockonee River HDD, Colquitt Co., GA Accession Number 20160407-5081, “Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC submits its Implementation Plan—Supplemental Information for the Sabal Trail Project under CP15-17.”

John Peconom’s letter refers to those April alignment sheets, and his letter was filed with FERC 25 August 2016 as Accession Number 20160825-3045, Withlacoochee River HDD, Brooks Co. & Lowndes Co., GA “Letter order granting Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC’s 8/19/16 request to commence construction of certain Phase 1 facilities for the Sabal Trail Project under CP15-17.”

The full text of his letter is below, followed by the maps; click on any one of them to get a bigger one.

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FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20426



OFFICE OF ENERGY PROJECTS

In Reply Refer To:

OEP/DG2E/Gas Branch 3

Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC

Sabal Trail Project

Docket No. CP15-17-000

§375.308(x)



August 25, 2016


Ms. Lisa A. Connolly

General Manager, Rates and Certificates

Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC

5400 Westheimer Court, Suite 6N61

Houston, TX 77056


Re: Authorization to Commence Construction of Previously Excluded Phase 1 Facilities


Ms. Connolly:


In accordance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission) February 2, 2016 Order Issuing Certificates and Approving Abandonment (Order), I grant Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC’s (Sabal Trail) August 19, 2016 request to commence construction of certain Phase 1 facilities as identified in the following table1.


Start Station No.

End Station No.

Project Component Description

4552+54

4570+54

Chattahoochee River Crossing

4818+72

4832+56

Hannahatchee Creek Crossing

8588+62

8625+42

Flint River Crossing

10513+57

10531+57

Ochlockonee River Crossings (2)

12222+21

12261+06

Withlacoochee River Crossing

This authorization is based on my review of Sabal Trail’s Request for Notice to Proceed; its compliance with the environmental conditions of the Commission’s Order as described in its Implementation Plan filed on March 11, 2016, and supplemented on April 7, 2016, July 21, 2016, August 11, 2016, and August 15, 2016; and its documentation of the necessary federal authorizations applicable to the requested activities.


I remind you that Sabal Trail must comply with all applicable terms and conditions of the above referenced Order. If you have any questions regarding this authorization, please contact me at (202) 502-6352.


Sincerely,




John V. Peconom

Environmental Project Manager




cc: Public File, Docket No. CP15-17-000

1 The station numbers correspond with the construction alignment sheets (Revision 1) filed with the Commission on April 7, 2016.

Spread 1: Alabama

Spread 1: Alabama

Spread 2: Stewart to Colquitt Co., GA

Spread 2: Stewart to Colquitt Co., GA

Spread 3: Mitchell to Lowndes Co., GA

Spread 3: Mitchell to Lowndes Co., GA

Spread 4: Suwannee, Gilchrist, Alachua, Levy, Marion Co., FL

Spread 4: Suwannee, Gilchrist, Alachua, Levy, Marion Co., FL

Spread 5: Gilchrist to Lake & Citrus Co., FL

Spread 5: Gilchrist to Lake & Citrus Co., FL

Spread 6: Sumter to Osceola Co., FL

Spread 6: Sumter to Osceola Co., FL

Tallapoosa River HDD, Tallapoosa Co., AL

Tallapoosa River HDD, Tallapoosa Co., AL

Oaktasas Creek, Alexander City Compressor Station, Tallapoosa Co., AL

Oaktasas Creek, Alexander City Compressor Station, Tallapoosa Co., AL

Hillabee Creek HDD, Tallapoosa Co., AL

Hillabee Creek HDD, Tallapoosa Co., AL

Hillabee Creek @ AL 22, Tallapoosa Co., AL

Hillabee Creek @ AL 22, Tallapoosa Co., AL

Chattahoochee River HDD, Russell Co. AL, Stewart Co., GA

Chattahoochee River HDD, Russell Co. AL, Stewart Co., GA

Hannahatchee Creek HDD, KMI Pipeline, Chattahoochee Valley Trail, Stewart Co., GA

Hannahatchee Creek HDD, KMI Pipeline, Chattahoochee Valley Trail, Stewart Co., GA

Norfolk Southern RR, Dougherty Co., GA

Norfolk Southern RR, Dougherty Co., GA

West Oarkridge Dr., Dougherty Co., GA

West Oarkridge Dr., Dougherty Co., GA

KMI Pipeline, Dixie Pipeline, Kreg Ave.,, Flint River HDD Begins, Dougherty Co., GA

KMI Pipeline, Dixie Pipeline, Kreg Ave.,, Flint River HDD Begins, Dougherty Co., GA

Flint River HDD, Dougherty Co., GA

Flint River HDD, Dougherty Co., GA

Ochlockonee River HDD, Colquitt Co., GA

Ochlockonee River HDD, Colquitt Co., GA

Ice House America, Colquitt Co., GA

Ice House America, Colquitt Co., GA

Hog Creek @ Crosby Road, Colquitt Co., GA

Hog Creek @ Crosby Road, Colquitt Co., GA

Withlacoochee River HDD, Brooks Co. & Lowndes Co., GA

Withlacoochee River HDD, Brooks Co. & Lowndes Co., GA

U384 & Withlacoochee River HDD, KMI Pipeline, Lowndes Co, GA

U384 & Withlacoochee River HDD, KMI Pipeline, Lowndes Co, GA

Suwannee River HDD, Hamilton Co. & Suwannee Co., FL

Suwannee River HDD, Hamilton Co. & Suwannee Co., FL

Suwannee River HDD, Suwannee Co., FL

Suwannee River HDD, Suwannee Co., FL

Hildreth Compressor Station, Suwannee Co., FL

Hildreth Compressor Station, Suwannee Co., FL

FGT Suwannee M&R Station, Suwannee Co., FL

FGT Suwannee M&R Station, Suwannee Co., FL

Santa Fe River HDD, Suwannee Co. & Gilchrist Co., FL

Santa Fe River HDD, Suwannee Co. & Gilchrist Co., FL

Santa Fe River HDD end, Gilchrist Co., FL

Santa Fe River HDD end, Gilchrist Co., FL

Withlacoochee South River HDD, Marion & Citrus Co., FL

Withlacoochee South River HDD, Marion & Citrus Co., FL

Dunnellon Compressor Station, Marion Co., FL

Dunnellon Compressor Station, Marion Co., FL

Shingle Creek HDD, Hunters Creek Pipeline, Osceola Co., FL

Shingle Creek HDD, Hunters Creek Pipeline, Osceola Co., FL

Dyer Blvd. HDD, Hunters Creek Pipeline, Osceola Co., FL

Dyer Blvd. HDD, Hunters Creek Pipeline, Osceola Co., FL

Thacker Ave., Hunters Creek Pipeline, Osceola Co., FL

Thacker Ave., Hunters Creek Pipeline, Osceola Co., FL

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