No gas leak, just a stink leak, said Spectra Energy’s new owner Enbridge in an emailed response yesterday to the WWALS 19 questions about the Dunnellon Compressor Station leak.
That response was no more substantive than we used to get in the bi-weekly reports: no indication of who notified Sabal Trail; no indication that they worked on it more than one day, even though multiple witnesses attest to that; no indication of who Sabal Trail notified, if anybody; no indication of what they were doing working in a different part of the site a week later when I took the pictures in the WWALS submission; no answer as to whether they are feeding methane to the Citrus County Pipeline; etc.
The responses from FERC and from USACE are the same as usual: nothing at all. We did get a reply from FDEP; more on that in a later post.
Previously Sabal Trail has provided its non-answers to WWALS and others in its next bi-weekly status report. However, the report Sabal Trail filed just before this leak with FERC as Accession Number 20170714-5152, “Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC submits its biweekly status report for the Sabal Trail Project under CP15-17” said:
Following discussions with FERC Staff, Sabal Trail provides that this biweekly status report will be its last and Sabal Trail will begin submitting status reports on a monthly basis. Filing of the monthly status reports will commence in August 2017, with the first monthly report to cover the status of construction and restoration activities for the period July 10, 2017 through July 31, 2017.
So instead of a biweekly report we got this:
From: “Payne, Joe” <Joe.Payne@enbridge.com>
Date: Jul 28, 2017 14:35
Subject: Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC submits its Response to July 27 Letter of WWALS Watershed Coalition under CP15-17-000.
To: [a very long list]
Cc: “Connolly, Lisa” <Lisa.Connolly@enbridge.com>, “Alonzo, David A” <David.Alonzo@enbridge.com>, “Sidorkewicz, Leanne L” <Leanne.Sidorkewicz@enbridge.com>
Please see the attached Response to July 27 Letter of WWALS Watershed Coalition for the Sabal Trail Project submitted today to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Docket No. CP15-17-000.
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This is the text of the PDF attached to the above email, also filed with FERC as Accession Number 20170728-5135, “Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC submits its Response to July 27 Letter of WWALS Watershed Coalition under CP15-17.”
July 28, 2017
Ms. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20426
Re: Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, Docket No. CP15-17-000, et al.
Response to July 27 Letter of WWALS Watershed Coalition
Dear Ms. Bose:
On February 2, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued an Order Issuing Certificates and Approving Abandonment in the above- referenced docket granting Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC (“Sabal Trail”), among other authorizations, certificates of public convenience and necessity to construct the Sabal Trail Project (“Project”) over three phases to create total firm transportation capacity of 1,075,000 dekatherms per day (“Dth/d”).1 Phase I of the Project is designed to provide capacity of 830,000 Dth/d of capacity. On June 14, 2017, Sabal Trail commenced service on certain of the Phase I Project facilities to provide up to 470,000 Dth/d and on July 3, Sabal Trail commenced service on additional Phase I Project facilities and increased its service capacity to 830,000 Dth/d.
WWALS Watershed Coalition’s July 27, 2017 letter in the above-referenced docket seeks information on reports of a natural gas smell related to the Phase I pipeline facilities located in the vicinity of Sabal Trail’s Dunnellon Compressor Station site in Marion County, Florida. Specifically, Sabal Trail’s Phase I facilities include a number of pipeline-related appurtenant facilities, such as a launcher/receiver barrel, and two odorant tanks and equipment, at the Dunnellon site. On July 16, 2017, following notification of an odorant smell, Sabal Trail operations personnel made an adjustment to a fitting at one of the odorant tanks and no further action is required. There was no natural gas leak.
1 Florida Southeast Connection, LLC, et al.,154 FERC ¶ 61,080 (2016). The February2 Order also granted authorizations to Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC and Florida Southeast Connection, LLC, related to the Hillabee Expansion Project and the Florida Southeast Connection Project, respectively.
If you have any questions regarding this filing, please contact me at (713) 627-4102 or David A. Alonzo, Specialist I, Rates and Certificates at (713) 627-4957.
/s/ Lisa A. Connolly
Lisa A. Connolly
Director, Rates and Certificates
Sabal Trail Management, LLC
Operator of Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC
Cc: John Peconom (FERC)
Pamela Boudreau (FERC)
All parties of record in Docket No. CP15-17-000, et al.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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