Sabal Trail wants last Phase 1 facility in service: Suwannee M&R Station 2019-02-01

In case you thought it was over, or that a September 2018 leak or death of a FERC Commissioner might have slowed down FERC’s rubberstamp, Sabal Trail wants to finish Phase I construction by firing up gas through its Suwannee Metering & Regulation (M&R) station.

[Suwannee M&R Detail]
Suwannee M&R Detail, from Sabal Trail Alignment Map 1657-PL-DG-70197-305, courtesy Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).

FERC’s rubberstamp will feed gas to Florida Gas Transmission (FGT), onwards under the proposed HPS II phosphate mine in Union and Bradford Counties, to Jacksonville, apparently to feed Eagle LNG, which is already shipping gas as far as Puerto Rico, through Crowley Maritime, which has authorization from U.S. DoE Office of Fossil Energy to export liquid natural gas (LNG) to all Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and non-FTA countries; see LNG.

[3.4 miles, Hildreth Compressor Station to Suwannee M&R]
3.4 miles, Hildreth Compressor Station to Suwannee M&R; see also Google map.

Sabal Trail’s request leans on a Sabal Trail Quarterly Status Report of the previous day, which makes no mention of that September leak at the Hildreth Compressor Station, only 3.4 miles away, nor of last year’s numerous stink leaks at the Dunnellon Compressor Station site.

[Suwannee Creek M&R: 001 (facing West)]
Suwannee Creek M&R: 001 (facing West)

Nevermind there has been no response from FERC or PHMSA to any of the eighteen questions WWALS asked about Sabal Trail’s leaks.

Sabal Trail request for Suwannee M&R

Filed with FERC 1 February 2019 as Accession Number: 20190201-5200, “Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC submits its request to place the Suwanee M&R Station into service under CP15-17.”

5400 Westheimer Court
Houston, TX 77056

February 1, 2019
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
Request to Place into Service Remaining Phase I Project Facility

Dear Ms. Bose:

On February 2, 2016, as amended, reinstated and extended,1 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) granted Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC (“Sabal Trail”) certificates of public convenience and necessity, among other authorizations, to construct and operate the Sabal Trail Project (“Project”). Sabal Trail hereby requests approval from the Director of the Office of Energy Projects by February 8, 2019, to place the remaining Phase I Project facility into service, as described below.

Pursuant to Environmental Condition No. 9 of the Commission’s February 2 Order, the September 7 Order, and the March 14 Order, Sabal Trail hereby requests authorization to place the FGT Suwannee meter and regulating station (“Suwanee M&R Station”), located in Suwanee County, Florida, into service.

Sabal Trail confirms that it has met all of the conditions of the February 2 Order to place the Suwannee M&R Station into service. As reflected in the Quarterly Status Report filed January 31, 2019,2 restoration of the right-of-way and other areas affected by these facilities is proceeding satisfactorily.

If you have any questions regarding this filing, please contact LaShawndra R. Proctor, Advisor, Rates and Certificates at (713) 627-4071 or the undersigned at (713) 627-4102.

Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC
By: Sabal Trail Management, LLC,
Its Operator
/s/ Lisa A. Connolly
Lisa A. Connolly
Director, Rates and Certificates

cc: John Peconom (FERC)

1 Florida Southeast Connection, LLC, et al., 154 FERC ¶ 61,080 (2016) (“February 2 Order”), order on reh’g, Florida Southeast Connection, LLC, et al., 156 FERC ¶ 61,160 (2016) (“September 7 Order”), order on remand, Florida Southeast Connection, LLC, et al., 162 FERC ¶ 61,233 (2018) (“March 14 Order”).

2 Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, Quarterly Status Report — Phase I Facilities, Docket No. CP15-17-000 (filed Jan. 31, 2019).

Sabal Trail Quarterly Status Report

Filed with FERC 31 January 2019 as Accession Number: 20190131-5063, “Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC submits its quarterly status report for the Sabal Trail Project Phase 1 facilities under CP15-17.”

According to the cover letter, this report was about “restoration” activities and nothing else:

…On October 31, 2018, Sabal Trail filed its final monthly status report, which reflected activity through September 30, 2018. The final monthly report indicated that Sabal Trail would begin providing quarterly reports until all restoration activities for the Phase I Facilities had been completed.

Sabal Trail hereby submits its first quarterly status report on restoration activities for the Phase I Project facilities for the period October 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.

Nowhere does this report mention the September leak, and the Task Summary starting on page 2 says there were no noncompliance issues:


There were no problem areas and/or non-compliances reported during this reporting period.


Additional post construction cleanup was conducted at the Hunters Creek M&R Station. Restoration is ongoing and should be complete when the growing season resumes in 2019.

Restoration is ongoing at the FGT Suwannee M&R Station and should be complete when the growing season resumes in 2019.



Does this seem like a good idea to you? Maybe you’d like to file some objections with FERC.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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