Fight the Fracking Pipeline in Florida



Valdosta, 16 March 2014 — Florida forms the field for the pipeline fight this week, at a Suwannee County Commissioners meeting and three FERC Scoping Meetings. Plus later a SpectraBusters panel on the issues.

FERC Scoping Meetings*:
This week’s calendar:
SpectraBusters Panel:
In Conjunction with:

FERC Scoping Meetings*:

5PM Sabal Trail discussion
Pipeline representatives will be present.
6PM FERC presentation

about the process
and the pipelines

PF14-6: Hillabee Expansion Project
PF14-1: Sabal Trail Transmission
PF14-2: Florida Southeast Connection
Then citizens can speak

at the podium

Have what you say transcribed by a court recorder for the Commission’s administrative record.

This week’s calendar:

6PM Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Suwannee County

"14. Discuss Sabal Trail gas line.
(David Hanna) 5 minutes"
Fill out a card to speak for 3 minutes
Details here.
Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners
Judicial Annex Building
218 Parshley Street Southwest
Live Oak, Florida 32064

(386) 364-3400
*Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Polk County

PF14-2 Florida Southeast Connection
Lake Wales Art Center
1099 East Florida 60
Lake Wales, FL 33853

(863) 676-8426
*Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Okeechobee County

PF14-2 Florida Southeast Connection
Okeechobee High School
2800 Highway 441 North
Okeechobee, FL 34972

(863) 462-5025
*Thursday, March 20, 2014
Osceola County

PF14-1 Reunion Compressor Station
Hunters Creek Pipeline
PF14-2 Florida Southeast Connection
Kissimmee Civic Center
201 East Dakin Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34741

(407) 935-1412

Or e-mail to or file online with FERC:
Or call 202-502-8258, or mail written comments to:

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary;
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;
888 First St. N.E. Room 1A;
Washington, D.C. 20426.

Calendar for more Florida next week:

SpectraBusters Panel:

There’s more to be done so there’s another meeting later (see other side)…

3PM Saturday 29 March 2014
Lowndes County, GA
SpectraBusters Panel
Pipeline? No!

Elected officials and candidates for public office, are invited to a SpectraBusters panel discussion in Lowndes County, Georgia. Topics will include potential pipeline routes, property rights (eminent domain, property values), water issues (aquifer, sinkholes, springs), whether Florida even needs more power, better power sources (solar, wind, conservation, and efficiency), noise, health, and hazards. A representative from the pipeline company is invited to be on the panel to present their perspective. SpectraBusters and allies from all states are invited to attend, and are encouraged to hold panels elsewhere.

Why: Spectra Energy, which had compressor station leaks in Maine in January 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).

Greenlaw protects clean air and water.

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


See also these presentation materials.

And see also these previous meetings:

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