Interrogate the Sabal Trail pipeline in Gilchrist County 2014-02-20



Valdosta, 17 February 2014 — On the agenda with questions from a citizens committee plus 3 minutes for local citizens to speak to the Gilchrist County Commission about the proposed Sabal Trail methane gas pipeline. Please remember to fill out a speaking card when you enter the building. Anyone from anywhere can come listen, or protest against the pipeline outside.

When:  5:00 PM
Thursday, February 20
th 2014

Where: BOCC Meeting Facility
210 South Main Street
Trenton, Florida 32693
(352) 463-3198

Pipeline? No! 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 watersheds, farmlands, and drinking water. Conservation, efficiency, and solar power are cheaper and bring jobs and energy here where we need them.

In Conjunction with:

Environmental Awareness Organization of Auburn University (EAOAU).

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.

Our Santa Fe River, protecting our most vital and vulnerable natural resource…water.

Sane Energy Project: to fight fossil fuel and nuclear infrastructure, and encourage renewable infrastructure.

Shale Property Rights, formerly Spectra Energy Watch.

Sierra Club, America’s largest and oldest grassroots environmental group, exploring, enjoying, and protecting the environment since 1892.

Stop the Pipeline: No eminent domain, preserve local character and environment, and pipelines == fracking.

Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E.) Valdosta State U.

Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy (WACE): clean and sustainable energy sources.

WWALS Watershed Coalition, Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River Systems in south Georgia and north Florida.

SpectraBusters: We ain’t afraid a no pipeline!
Landowners and others opposed to the Sabal Trail gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

Garrett Kizer
Lee County, AL

Danielle Jordan
Lowndes Co., GA

Beth Gordon
Levy Co., FL



One thought on “Interrogate the Sabal Trail pipeline in Gilchrist County 2014-02-20

  1. Thanks for posting this alert about our Gilchrist meeting. Local people I’ve spoken with aren’t aware of it. Of course, it starts at 5 p.m., when most people are yet home from work or in from their fields.
    Sabal Trail sent me and one of my neighbors yet another new map. As I read it, it shows the primary route coming down east of me, and marks an alternative route that appears, best I can tell, following the existing Fla. Gas Transmission route until it gets west of me, where it appears to run straight through my living room–or maybe just in front of my front porch, through my neighbors property and joins that primary route to travel south through more of Gilchrist County.
    Problem is, I have only Sabal Trail to explain this map to me. And I don’t feel that ST is trustworthy. I feel they keep changing the maps to keep everyone off base and too stunned to argue. I’m literally sick to my stomach. mm

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