Suwannee County Commissioners and public to hike to Sabal Trail Suwannee River Crossing


Live Oak, February 10, 2016 — The date has been set to go see where Spectra Energy of Houston Texas has been permitted by the Picture by Alton Burns Federal Energy Regulatory (FERC) in Washington, DC to drill under the Suwannee River for its Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline despite widespread local opposition. The Suwannee Board of County Commissioners already voted a resolution to move Sabal Trail’s compressor station. Still mulling stronger action, the SBOCC agreed at a recent meeting to go with local guides, including WWALS Watershed Coalition board member Chris Mericle, on a hike with the public to where FERC said construction monitoring was important for the river and our drinking water in the Floridan Aquifer, but Sabal Trail should be left to self-monitor. The day and time have been set: 8:15 AM Thursday February 18, 2016.

All interested individuals will meet at:

Judicial Annex Building
218 Parshley St SW
Live Oak, FL 32064

There will be a Suwannee Valley Transit bus to carry people to the site. The bus is available for officials and the public to ride based on capacity, thus you may want to follow in your vehicle if necessary.

Note this is a hike through woods near the river in sinkhole filled terrain, so please wear appropriate shoes and clothing. You may also want to bring water to drink.

This hike will be very telling by what you see rather than what Sabal Trail has said concerning sinkholes in their pipeline route.

People can also sign up on the WWALS facebook event or the meetup event so others will know they’re coming:

And if you missed the movie, “At What Cost? Pipelines, you can see it online:


SpectraBusters, Inc., Spectrabusters is a citizen organized, citizen run organization that spans multiple counties and states to oppose the Sabal Trail pipeline and to promote solar power.

WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. is the Waterkeeper® Alliance Affiliate for the Suwannee River. WWALS advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Upper Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.


Debra Johnson, SpectraBusters board member

John S. Quarterman, President, WWALS Watershed Coalition


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