Note to: FERC Docket No. PF14-1-000 Note from: John Peconom, Environmental Project Manager Date: December 30, 2013 Subject: Comments of Ms. Jane Hatker
I received the following comments regarding the Sabal Trail Project on December 26, 2013. Ms. Hatker’s address and phone number have been ommitted.
From: Jane Hatker [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 26, 2013 4:29 PM
Subject: Sable Trail Pipeline Concerns
Dear Mr. Peconom,
I met you and we spoke at length at Bell High School on December 5th at the open house regarding the proposed Sabal Trail Transmission pipeline route. To refresh your memory, I gave you a Google map showing our small pecan orchard that backed up to property where a 35 foot and quite deep sink hole formed. I also included pictures of the sink hole and proof that this was located no more than 2300 feet from the proposed pipeline route. This entire area is at high risk for rapid sink hole formations and it makes no sense to put a pipeline right through such an area simply to serve the interests of FPL.
At 62, I have lived in Florida for almost all of my adult life and have observed an enormous change in the amount and quality of our water both in this area, not to mention along the St. Johns river where we sail. I am so disheartened by the complete lack of concern for protecting our environment by politicians and business leaders that I am compelled to write. It is not a question of if there will be a leak or explosion if this pipeline is built here, only a question of where and when. If it occurs in or near our aquifer, the consequences will be dire.
When your panel meets to make a decision about this pipeline, I hope they recognize that the gulf route was nixed by FPL, in favor of this route for financial reasons. We can survive without gas, but not without water. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. FERC is really the only chance our delicate ecosystem has since big AG has already compromised our water quality and the the EPA has no power to do anything about it.
Your attention in this matter is greatly appreciated.