Profit is not an emergency,
say landowners to FERC:
Sabal Trail hopes to cry wolf to get relief. No Emergency exists to
warrant the relief they seek. No shortage or national energy crisis
exists to warrant the relief that they seek.
Like WWALS and Sierra Club, GBA Associates point out the pipeline
has been shut down much of the past six weeks.
Like Sierra Club, the landowners cite federal law
that requires at least thirty days after an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
before issuing certificates,
the so-called Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS)
FERC filed yesterday
the WWALS motion to deny the Applicants’ cry of wolf.
Attorney Jonathan P. Waters cuts to the chase:
As the Circuit Court stated, “All of these pipelines, of
course, are being
built for a reason: to make a profit for their shareholders, and
their shareholders’ shareholders.” This is the fact driving
the Sabal motion.
Less than two weeks ago, Sabal Trail partner and thus Applicant
for the so-called “emergency” relief, Spectra Energy’s new owner
Enbridge Energy of Alberta, Canada,
told its shareholders and the public
in a Quarterly Earnings Call
that Enbridge is
“the leading developer and operator of wind, solar, and battery storage projects.”
While praising solar and wind power at length,
that Earnings Call mentioned Sabal Trail only once,
yet managed to contradict the public record twice in that one sentence.
Clearly FERC would be doing a favor to Enbridge’s shareholders by Continue reading