Update: 10 Feb 2014: Watch it online or go to one of several other upcoming county commission meetings.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Valdosta, 6 February 2014 — Local landowner Monica Martin will speak to the Osceola County Commission about the proposed Sabal Trail methane gas pipeline and its effects on the aquifer, native wildlife, and the landscape, plus property values and property rights. Other local citizens may also speak in the same "Hear the Audience" section (turn in a "Request to Speak" form before the meeting). Anyone from anywhere can come listen, or protest against the pipeline outside.
Monday, February 10 th 2014
Administration Building 4 th Floor
One Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741
Why: Spectra Energy, which had compressor station leaks in Maine last month and in Pennsylvania last year, plus multiple fines by Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for corrosion and leaks, and a record $15 million EPA fine for PCB contamination, proposes a hundred-foot-wide gash through our lands for their huge 36 inch Sabal Trail gas pipeline from Alabama through Georgia to feed Florida Power and Light (FPL) and Duke Energy for no benefit to local citizens and rate hikes for FPL customers. A one-time payment is not enough for decreased property values, permanent destruction, and hazards of leaks and explosions, when FPL and Spectra and Duke would profit forever. The gas comes from fracking in Pennsylvania and Texas, destroying whole watersheds and poisoning farmlands and drinking water. Conservation, efficiency, and solar power are cheaper and bring jobs and energy right here where we need them.
Environmental Awareness Organization of Auburn University (EAOAU). https://auburn.collegiatelink.net/organization/eao
New York Climate Action Group (NYCAG), the Spectra struggle (and Williams Transco Rockaway Lateral Pipeline in the Rockaways of Queens, NY and the LNG port resistance in Long Beach, NY).
Occupy the Pipeline, who fought the NYC extension on the Spectra Pipeline. http://occupythepipeline.blogspot.com
Sane Energy Project: to fight fossil fuel and nuclear infrastructure, and encourage renewable infrastructure. http://www.SaneEnergyProject.org
Shale Property Rights, formerly Spectra Energy Watch. http://www.shalepropertyrights.com/blog/
Sierra Club, America’s largest and oldest grassroots environmental group, exploring, enjoying, and protecting the environment since 1892. http://www.sierraclub.org
Stop the Pipeline: No eminent domain, preserve local character and environment, and pipelines == fracking. http://www.StopThePipeline.org
Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E.) at Valdosta State University. http://ww2.valdosta.edu/vsu/stuorg/save/
Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy (WACE), promoting clean and sustainable energy sources. http://www.wiregrass-ace.org/
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River Systems in south Georgia and north Florida. http://www.wwals.net/
ain’t afraid a no pipeline!
Landowners and others opposed to the Sabal Trail gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Lee County, AL
Lowndes Co., GA
Levy Co., FL