Carlton Fletcher’s story, “Dougherty County leaders OK
inevitable agreement on pipeline” on March 21, presented only
one part of the current story on the Sabal Trail pipeline. There are
two schools of thought on the Sabal Trail pipeline: those who
believe construction of the pipeline is inevitable, and those who
believe the pipeline can and should be prevented, and are working
hard to do so. No one, in either group, believes it is needed in
The pipeline company insists that it already has federal and court
authority to seize the property under the Natural Gas Act. Sabal
claims its project must be under construction by June 21 and in
service, by May 1, 2017.
Sabal Trail pipeline
According to maps provided by the utilities, the Sabal pipeline
would come through the Four Corners area of northwestern Osceola
County, dip south of Walt Disney World property, cross Interstate 4
near Celebration and connect with a hub of pipelines just west of
Reunion Resort Golf Course.
As previously reported Georgia Governor Nathan Deal slipped into bill SR 954 easements for Sabal Trail to begin drilling under the Chattahoochee, Flint, and Ochlockonee rivers as well as the Okapilco and Hanna-hatchee Creeks BEFORE a permit has been issued. That’s right Sabal Trail and Gov. Deal were trying to begin drilling under these waterways before all permits for this dangerous pipeline was even permitted!
Well Spectra Energy those campaign payments may have made Governor Deal want to do this but the Georgia Legislators said NO! They said no in a big way with a 128 Nay to 34 Yay vote.
Congratulations to all of the citizens, environmental groups and to the people in Georgia who are working very hard to protect themselves, the land and the Floridan Aquifer from this seriously dangerous pipeline!
Thank you to Georgia Legislators for standing firm for what is just and right.
After two years going to Sabal Trail open houses and FERC scoping
meetings, filing e-comments, guiding them to the river crossings and
a legal hearing in Jasper, FERC still tells us customers for Spectra
Energy from Houston, Texas, constitute a need that outweighs local
property rights, environmental destruction, and hazards to our
Withlacoochee and Suwannee rivers and the Floridan Aquifer, and to
taxes, life, and limb.
The pipeline companies want rehearings, apparently because they don’t like the restrictions the
FERC order put on them, so maybe we’ll actually see a rehearing.
The other four rehearing requests all don’t like what FERC certified Sabal Trail to do,
and some have new reasons beyond what was in the FEIS or the docket beforehand.
Poor FERC! Nobody likes your Order!
How about stop permitting new fossil fuel projects and promote renewable sun and wind power instead?
Sabal Trail’s allies have failed three times to pass this bill!
Please keep calling your state legislators
so they will stay strong voting against
SR 954 until Sabal Trail and Transco easements are taken out of it.
The next vote is scheuduled for Tuesday, March 22nd, so
please call them through the weekend.
If you don’t live in Georgia, you probably know somebody who does,
so you can ask them to call their Georgia state rep. to stop easements for Sabal Trail
to drill under the Chattahoochee, Flint, Ochlockonee, and Withlacoochee Rivers, and Okapilco and Hannahatchee Creeks.
Stop it in Georgia, and that will stop it in Florida and Alabama!
Tonight, Tuesday March 15, 2016, Hamilton County unanimously voted to request that the Army Corps of Engineers perform an independent study on site concerning the ommisions and discrepancies contained in the final environmental study that FERC and Florida DEP used to issue the permit for the Sabal Trail pipeline.
These ommisions in the EIS were discovered by Mr Chris Mericle when comparing a geological study by local geologist Dennis Price with the final EIS Sabal Trail study submitted to FERC on which FERC based the permit for the Sabal Trail pipeline.
Hamilton County was prompted to write this letter after attending the Suwannee BOCC workshop a few weeks ago where members of both boards hiked the Suwannee River crossing and saw for themselves the numerous sinkholes in and around the pipeline route. A route that Sabal Trail claimed the closet sinkhole was 750′ from the pipeline route.
One Hamilton County commissioner asked if Suwannee County was still taking an unheard of neutral stance on this for export fracked gas pipeline.
Thank you to all of the commissioners of Hamilton County for taking action to protect their constituents and our sole source of water – the Floridan Aquifer.