WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Robert Powelson’s decision to exit the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission less than a year into his term could leave natural gas
pipeline developers in the lurch and policy critics scrambling for
how to approach the commission’s coming 2-2 partisan split.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Neither the builders of the fracked gas
Sabal Trail Pipeline nor the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
(FERC) will ask the Supreme Court to review a landmark ruling by the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from last
year. That decision required FERC to consider the effects of
downstream greenhouse gases when deciding whether to approve
proposed pipelines that transport gas.
In response, Sierra Club Staff Attorney Elly Benson released the
Elly Benson, Sierra Club Staff Attorney
“We are glad to see FERC accept its responsibility to consider
greenhouse gas emissions from burning transported gas at downstream
power plants. These dirty, dangerous, and unnecessary pipelines pose
a threat to our communities and climate. They should not be
proposed, much less built, at a time when clean, renewable energy
sources are abundant and affordable. We will continue to monitor the
pipeline permitting process to ensure the law is followed.”
What needs no washing, no irrigation, emits no wastewater,
and disturbs no wetlands, while producing revenue for years
after local installation jobs?
74.9 Megawatts AC of solar power going in at 4370 SW 80 Street, Trenton, Florida,
assuming the Gilchrist BOCC approved it last week as staff recommended.
Leaks of hazardous materials, explosions, land takings, sinkholes, frac-outs:
these are far bigger threats than
Texas Rep. Lamar Smith’s Committee report
“that states Russian agents were attempting to disrupt U.S. energy markets and using social media to purportedly stir up protests against pipelines such as Sabal Trail,” as a reporter asked me about recently.
Smith’s report doesn’t mention that solar and wind power
are growing far faster than his favorite, fracked methane gas.
FERC just let slip the wolves of sun and wind
by enabling the storage
that those sunny twenty-first-century
“aggregated distributed energy resources” (DER)
will use to blow down the straw houses of
traditional twentieth-century so-called baseload capacity
coal, oil, and nuclear power plants.
Court mandate delayed because of FERC crying wolf,
even though Sabal Trail has been shut down most of the past six, now seven weeks.
So the three little pigs get a temporary reprieve from the Big Bad Wolf of sun and wind power.
Hahira, GA, February 5, 2018 —
Suwannee Riverkeeper objects to Sabal Trail’s last-minute
Request to make an end run around an impending mandate from
the D.C. Circuit Court that could shut that pipeline down.
Granting the Applicants’ Request for reissued or emergency certificates
would amount to the same kind of “multi-billion dollar bailout”
that FERC recently rejected for the failing coal and nuclear industries,
this time targeted at the natural gas industry.
The Applicants for that Request claim need for the pipeline,
yet they cite themselves for evidence, in a massive conflict of interest,
with internal contradictions, and replete with conflicts with other sources
deriving from some of those same Applicants.
If, as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently said in Warsaw, Poland,
the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built by Russian gas giant Gazprom PJSC
is “undermining Europe’s overall energy stability and security,”
and Europe should seek to diversify energy supplies,
the same applies to the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline Canadian gas giant Enbridge
is now seven months late building through the U.S. Southeast.
The Sunshine State already gets 60% of its electricity from existing
pipelines, and it should get on with solar power.
FERC, if it follows its own rules, should reject the DSEIS, stop Sabal Trail, and revoke its permit, says a motion filed today with FERC by Suwannee Riverkeeper.
Followup blog posts will feature major sections and arguments from these 20 pages with their 93 footnotes.
The basic arguments are summarized on the first page:
WWALS argues that no SEIS can be complete without accounting for GHG
from Liquid Natural Gas (“LNG”) exports, nor without
comparing natural gas to solar power, according to precedents
already set by FPL, FERC, and others, which also reopen the whole
basis of the FERC 2016 Order.
FERC may not care, but the D.C. Circuit Court may, or candidates
for office, or the voting public.