Sabal Trail blowdown with no notice 2018-04-03

Update 2018-04-05: Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson noted yesterday: “Correction it was a FGT blowdown. Easy to be confused as Sabal Trail is in the same corridor and working on their pipeline too. And remember that SONAT gas pipeline is also in this same corridor. That’ll really be something else if and when all 3 gas transmission pipelines are being worked on simultaneously. I think it is also very disconcerting that pipeline companies do not have to inform the NRC (National Response Center) or PHMSA (Pipeline Hazard and Materials Safety Agency) when they do work on these explosive infrastructure corridors.”

See Where pipelnes already cross rivers into Suwannee County, Florida.

Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson reported on facebook yesterday:

Sabal Trail has been doing a blowdown operation on the pipeline corridor and the Santa Fe River. That was what sounded like a jet airplane in the river community on Monday April 2, 2018.

Valve, Sabal Trail
Photo: Jim Tatum.

That sounds much like the FGT pipeline noise last month in Suwannee County near the Suwannee River.

Also similar: Sabal Trail’s FERC-required Informational Postings contain no Critical nor non-Critical notices about whatever it is they are doing now.

Where are the state and federal agencies that permitted Sabal Trail? Why have they not required notices to neighbors, local Fire Rescue, and the public?

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Meawhile, Sabal Trail gas is up and down yet again. How can this pipeline be needed when it’s shut down half the time? Is its main function really to scare the neighbors?

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Even FERC knows the “aggregated distributed energy sources (DER)” are winning, and even FERC started to change its rules to accomodate power from batteries, for fast frequency response and other uses. That helps clear the way for the solar, wind, and battery power that will soon be the end of fossil fuels and their spider legs of pipelines.

FERC Commissioner Robert F. Powelson even referred to the participation model of storage. I don’t know if he realizes that participation is why the Internet won over the old telephone system. With wind and batteries smoothing out the lulls, Solar power will win like the Internet did.

Sabal Trail and FGT’s bad manners and the lack of oversight of FERC, PHMSA, USACE, FE, FDEP, et al. is only riling up the voting public and speeding the day that the tax breaks and assured profits and loan guarantees that prop up fossil fuels will end, and the carbon bubble will pop.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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