Apparently the Florida Department of Environmental Protection complained
to FERC that any drilling under our blackwater rivers would leak contaminants
into the karst limestone that contains our drinking water Floridan Aquifer:
Update 2015-04-03: Additions now that FERC eLibrary is working, including third point below.
- Sabal Trail underestimated karst features—additional, more
recent data available from agencies including LiDAR, potentiometric
surface maps, and cave maps.
- Highest agency concern is associated with likely loss of drilling fluid associated with HDDs in limestone bedrock including at the Suwannee, Santa Fe, and Withlacoochee rivers.
- Drilling fluid loss would have an environmental impact; risk and magnitude of impact on groundwater, wells and springs should be based on updated, site-specific information.
Filed with FERC 1 April 2015 as Continue reading Likely loss of drilling fluid in limestone under rivers –FL DEP to FERC
The proposed 36-inch Sabal Trail pipeline next to that
old FGT line would have 81 times
as much gas; maybe more, since it’s apparently also higher pressure.
Gainesville.com staff reported 27 June 2013,
Ruptured gas line explodes in Gilchrist,
A high-pressure natural gas pipeline exploded into a gigantic
fireball and 30-foot-high flames in Gilchrist County on Tuesday
night after a tree fell and ruptured the line, authorities said.
The tree also took down a power line, which officials said likely
ignited the escaping gas.
Gainesville Fire Rescue’s Haz-Mat team and district chief responded
to the scene in Bell at around 6:30 p.m. to assist Gilchrist County
An emergency crew from the natural gas company helped the rescue
units find and secure a shut-off valve for the 4-inch line. The
crews stood by while the residual gas burned off.
video from Gainesville Fire and Rescue.
It’s quite impressive, and unfortunately unembeddable, so follow
the link to see it.
WCBJ TV reported 27 June 2012,
Gas Line Explosion Lights up Road, Continue reading Giant fireball from 4-inch pipeline in Gilchrist County, FL 2012-06-27
Beth Gordon told a Gainesville, FL TV reporter 1500 feet from her home is still too close
for the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline.
And since they moved it off her property, they won’t entertain any compensation.
Same for you, if a pipeline blows up in your county or state like one did in neighboring Gilchrist County, Florida in 2012:
you get no compensation, but your taxes may have to pay for emergency responders, hospitals, etc.
Jesse Pagan reported Wednesday 22 October 2014 for WCJB TV,
Natural Gas Pipeline Concerns, Levy County,
“It would destroy the whole way of life here in Levy County.”
“I never gave them permission, yet I came home one day
and they’d cut into my locked gate.
I don’t know how they did it.
I think they climbed over my fence.
There were surveyor stakes all over my property.
First they wanted to put it on my property.
Now they’ve moved it onto the farm next door.
The reporter said that’s about 1500 feet from her property,
“Too close for her comfort.”
“And because the property isn’t physically right on our property,
they will not entertain payment for it.
The reporter mentioned her
petition to the Florida Public Service Commission (FL-PSC) Continue reading Sabal Trail surveyed without permission –Beth Gordon on WCBJ TV
A newspaper in Gainesville, with more than twice the population of Ocala,
picked up the
same newspaper editorial against the Sabal Trail fracked
methane pipeline, reiterating that unless serious risks can be addressed,
the pipeline isn’t worth it, and besides, it’s not clear Florida
even needs the power other than to profit big utilities (and pipeline companies,
and apparently Florida Governor Rick Scott).
Hm, marching northwards,
Ocala, Gainesville, next
then how about
Newspapers and TV stations in those places have covered the pipeline.
Time for their editorial boards to do what just happened in Ocala
30 July 2014,
Editorial: A pipeline’s purpose, Continue reading Another newspaper against Sabal Trail: The Gainesville Sun
Springs before pipelines, say board members of Our Santa Fe River
in central Florida, and let’s get on with clean solar power.
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson and Jim Tatum
wrote for the Gainesville Sun 25 April 2014,
Pipeline in springs heartland would be at risk for accidents,
Is another gas highway pipeline inevitable in our Florida springs heartland?
They quote FPL and note the
unanimous October 2013 Florida Public Service Commission (FL PSC)
approval of the
Sabal Trail Transmission pipeline project, including
FL PSC Commissioner Julie Brown saying,
“The need for this project is indisputable at this time.”
Then they dispute that need. Continue reading Pipeline accident risk in Florida springs heartland: go solar instead