Florida Southeast Connection pipeline preliminary filing with FERC

What costs less than a latte or a slice of pizza? A day’s electricity from Florida Power and Light, according to FPL VP Pam Rauch who also is NextEraEnergy VP and President of yet another pipeline company shell that wants to pull a 100 foot gas pipeline through Georgia for the benefit of Florida.

Still more names in the pipeline shell game: Pamela Rauch who filed FP14-2 for Florida Southeast Connection LLC (FSC), is Vice President, Development and External Affairs for NextEraEnergy and Vice President of External Affairs for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) in January since 2008; on her LinkedIn profile she has the NextEra logo next to the FPL name. Here’s a nice picture of her making a case for an FPL rate increase for, among other things,

“our ability to finance the billions of dollars in improvements that keep reliability high and bills low, and that create thousands of jobs for you and your neighbors.”

Those would include “modernizations” as Spectra rep Andrea Grover put it in Moultrie like closing coal plants and building this pipeline through Georgia by Spectra Energy, a company with a corrosive-record of property damage and PCB-spilling environmental damaga for neighbors like hers in Florida. We could have more jobs for people right here through rooftop solar, and we’d get energy, reduced bills, and no risk of PCB or other spills.

What do you think about this, neighbors in Georgia? Maybe you’d like to get the Lowndes County Commission to get Spectra and maybe FSC to come explain themselves?

FERC file list for FP14-2 and text of the preliminary filing approval for Florida Southeast Connection:




In Reply Refer To:

OEP/DG2E/Gas 3

Florida Southeast Connection, LLC

Florida Southeast Connection Project

Docket No. PF142-000

October 16, 2013

Ms. Pamela Rauch


Florida Southeast Connection, LLC

700 Universe Boulevard

Juno Beach, FL 33408

Re: Approval of Pre-Filing Request – Florida Southeast Connection Pipeline Project

Dear Ms. Rauch:

Thank you for your letter, filed October 4, 2013, requesting use of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC or Commission) pre-filing review process for Florida Southeast Connection’s (FSC) planned Florida Southeast Connection Project. We believe that beginning the Commission’s review of this proposal prior to the receipt of your application will greatly improve our ability to identify issues early and address them in our environmental document.

As described in your letter, FSC plans to construct approximately 77 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline and 49 miles of 30-inch-diameter pipeline in Osceola, Okeechobee, Polk, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties, Florida. The project, to be constructed in two phases, would ultimately provide 600,000 dekatherms per day of firm natural gas transportation by May 1, 2017.

As discussed in your letter, the project is part of a larger development to be constructed by Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC (Sabal Trail) and Transcontinental Pipe Line Company (Transco). The Sabal Trail- and Transco-sponsored projects are requesting separate pre-filing reviews. However, you have indicated that these three projects are connected actions and, as such, my staff will perform a single environmental review of these projects and will prepare one environmental impact statement that addresses all three projects.

Your letter also stated that FSC intends to file an application in August 2014. When FSC files its application with the Commission, we will evaluate the progress made during the pre-filing process, based in part on our success in resolving the issues raised during scoping. Once we determine that your application is ready for processing, we will establish a schedule for completion of the environmental impact statement and for the issuance of all other federal authorizations.

My staff has reviewed the proposals submitted for the selection of one third-party contractor to assist us in preparing the National Environmental Policy Act documentation required for the Sabal Trail, Transco, and FSC projects. We have selected Merjent, Inc. (Merjent) as the third-party contractor to work under the direct supervision and control of the Commission staff for all three projects. I request that you, Sabal Trail and Transco proceed with executing a contract with Merjent so work may begin as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Energy Projects’ Environmental Project Manager for your project, Ms. Jessica Harris at (202) 502-6805.


Jeff C. Wright


Office of Energy Projects

cc: Public File, Docket No. PF14-2-000


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