Anti- Fracking Rally At Three Rivers Estates, Oct. 11, 2014

Laura Dailey
Laura Dailey

October 11, 2014, 1:00 PM
TREPO BBQ
Hodor Park, Three Rivers Estates
Fort White, FL 32038
Host Contact Info: [email protected]

The event is called TREPO BBQ & Board Elections on October 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM in Fort White , FL .  This is in Three Rivers Estates.

On October 11, communities across the world are coming together for a global protest to call for a ban on fracking, a dangerous method of drilling for natural gas that puts our air, water, climate and communities at risk. Sign up to join the Global Frackdown event in our community on Saturday, 10/11!

Can you join us? Click here for details and to RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/trepo-bbq-board-elections?source=email&

$6 per plate, we will supply guests with formal comment forms to send to the FERC to oppose the Sabal Trail Pipeline, which will require fracking for compressor and storage locations along the proposed 460+mile pipeline through AL, GA and FL. We will also have people available to discuss the proposed pipeline for those who need more information.  It’s about protecting our community, our water and our PLANET!!

 Laura Dailey, of Fort White, FL, is hosting this Ban-Fracking Event.  She is a board member of Spectrabusters and one of the major opponents of the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline.  She has written the following op-ed, and has given anti-pipeline testimony at many, many public meetings.

FPL‘s extra natural gas pipeline: it don’t pass the smell test –SpectraBusters    FPL wants federal eminent domain to gouge a hundred-foot right of way   for a yard-wide fracked methane pipeline through Alabama, Georgia, and   Florida, claiming Florida needs new power.

That don’t pass the smell   test.    Nationwide electricity demand continues to decline, as the U.S.   Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reminded the pipeline-permitting   Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in April. EPA asked FPL why   it couldn’t implement conservation, efficiency, compressed gas storage,   or other energy sources.

FPL projected 13% electricity demand increase in its 2014 ten-year plan   to the Florida Public Service Commission (FL PSC). A third pipeline   would be a 50% increase. Why?    Sabal Trail, the pipeline joint venture of FPL and Spectra Energy of antifrack2Houston, claims Duke Energy needs the gas for Florida power plants.

Yet   Duke repeatedly has said it does not need Sabal Trail.    Sabal Trail’s own figures show just as much solar power would use half   the acreage of that pipeline. While cold far-northern Germany is the   world leader in solar power, the Sunshine State should be.    Distributed solar power is a disruptive challenge to the century-old   baseload capacity business model, as Edison Electric Institute warned   utilities in January 2013. UBS Warburg, the world’s largest private   bank, in August 2014 called for its investing clients to “join the   revolution” of distributed solar power. Wall Street analysts say   utilities lacking serious solar and wind power face a “death spiral”.

FPL boasted to FERC (21 April 2014) it was “a strong supporter of solar   power”. Yet FPL’s FL PSC filings show not a single megawatt solar   increase from 2010 to 2013.    Instead, FPL just purchased an Oklahoma fracking subsidiary that its   parent NextEra conveniently bought into back in 2010.    FERC Commissioner Tony Clark testified to Congress in December:      “The large amount of natural gas in the U.S. is also creating an     impetus for something that was nearly unimaginable ten or fifteen     year ago, LNG export….”

The U.S. DoE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has already authorized three   LNG export operations right at the Florida end of the proposed Transco   -> Sabal Trail -> FSC pipeline chain. FE chief Paula Gant testified in   March:      “Today, domestic natural gas prices are lower than international     prices of delivered LNG to overseas markets. …demand for natural     gas is growing rapidly in foreign markets. Due primarily to these     developments, DOE has received a growing number of applications to     export domestically produced natural gas to overseas markets in the     form of LNG.”

Spectra’s CEO Greg Ebel has said he expects to export, and Spectra is   already working on a pipeline through British Columbia (BC) to an LNG   export terminal.    Transco owner Williams Company connects Spectra’s BC pipeline through   Washington State to two LNG export terminals in Oregon.    Rather than deploying solar power in the Sunshine State, or   conservation, efficiency, or storage, FPL’s pipeline would connect a   fracked gas glut to huge profits overseas.

FERC’s rules say a public benefit has to outweigh environmental   destruction and eminent domain property takings. LNG export profit for   FPL and Spectra and Williams is not a public benefit.    Cities, counties, and states should protect their citizens from new   pipelines through ordinances with legal force. FERC should deny a   permit for Sabal Trail.

FPL’s pipeline just plain stinks.

–SpectraBusters, a citizen organization against the Sabal Trail   pipeline and for solar power. If you have any questions about this op-ed, please contact:

Laura Dailey 386-497-2571 (Columbia County, FL),      Garrett Kizer 859-420-3854 (Lee County, AL),      John S. Quarterman 229-242-0102 (Lowndes County, GA), [email protected]  www.spectrabusters.org

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