Citizens renamed Sabal Trail the Sinkhole Pipeline because it doesn’t belong in the sinkhole-prone karst limestone of the Floridan Aquifer.
FERC can’t say they weren’t told, since videographers followed them
through all four cities so far; see for yourself.
Albany, Monday 28 September 2015, videos by Thomas Swain
Moultrie, Tuesday 29 September 2015, videos by Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE)
“You tell us you’re sorry and it happens again”, said Continue reading Videos: Citizens against Sabal “Sinkhole” Trail pipeline to FERC in Albany, Moultrie, Valdosta, and Lake City
The pipeline companies are in cahoots to export through all our lands.
Beware especially Suwannee, Columbia, Bradford, and Clay Counties, Florida.
Beware Atlantic coastal Georgia, the same Kinder Morgan (KMI)
of the Palmetto petroleum products Project to Jacksonville
wants to push fracked methane to Jacksonville, apparently for export.
Beware Alabama, Georgia, and Florida on the proposed path of Sabal Trail:
This new Florida project could ship Sabal Trail fracked methane to Jaxport for
In March 2014 TECO Peoples Gas
announced intention to ship fracked methane to Jacksonville,
which the Jacksonville Business Journal interpreted as for export,
since Continue reading Kinder Morgan FERC filing to ship fracked methane to Jacksonville
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
And of course our own Laura gave her usual valuable insights! An
excellent presentation by OSFR well attended except by Suwannee
County citizens. Columbia County voted to have their attorney
consult with Alachua County to draft a resolution or ordinance
against fracking and related issues. Thank you Merrillee, Jim and
all the members of OSFR and other groups for a concise and excellent
presentation. Now for the rest of North Florida counties… Like
Our Santa Fe River, 15 January 2015,
Columbia Commissioners Take First Step,
And a giant step it was. The far-sighted and open-minded
commissioners listened attentively and with interest to the
detailed, informative and professionally delivered Power Point
presentation by OSFR president Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson giving the
many reasons for adopting an ordinance banning fracking in Continue reading Columbia County, FL steps towards anti-fracking ordinance
“We have the opportunity to be world leaders in the renewable energy
revolution! Shall we let that opportunity go to Germany or China, by
Filed with FERC
15 November 2014:
Laura Dailey, fort white, FL.
On this final day to plead my/our case, it is time for the FERC to
look at the bigger picture and stop caving to the short term fixes.
We are in trouble, and you can help by voting to DENY THE SABAL
TRAIL METHANE PIPELINE! Leave the gas in the ground…..where it’s
already conveniently stored!
EVERY DAY we wake to an invitation from the sun! In fact, the planet
itself runs on solar, and most European countries already understand
this. Even China just made a huge commitment to solar. Contrary to
what the lobbyists are telling you, FLORIDA DOES NOT NEED THIS GAS!!
From the standpoint of transparency, there is none! I have asked Continue reading Listen to the people you are supposed to protect –Laura Dailey to FERC
Update 28 Sep 2014: With details from Bill Huston.
The main point remains:
“Supporting the pipeline proposal as it stands amounts to surrendering our future to the petroleum industry.”
That about sums it up, both for Kinder Morgan’s
Constition Pipeline Northeast Direct project (NED)
through Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts,
and for Spectra and FPL’s Sabal Trail pipeline through Alabama, Georgia,
Parry Teasdale wrote for The Columbia Paper of Ghent, NY 25 September 2014,
EDITORIAL: Stop this pipeline,
The proposed pipeline would reportedly run beneath 55 private
properties in Columbia County if it’s approved by federal
regulators. The property owners would have to grant rights of way to
the company. Neither the towns nor the county could intervene.
The editorial doesn’t really buy that last: it laster asks
local governments to intervene.
Opponents say that property values along and nearby Continue reading Stop this Pipeline –Columbia Paper not buying the script
“Putting a pipeline anywhere near in a sinkhole-laden environment could be horrific if something went wrong,” said Our Santa Fe River President Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, “Our organization is still very much opposed.”
Governor has financial stake in natural gas pipeline, by Megan Reeves, Lake City Reporter, 27 July 2014., also mentioning Greenlaw and EPA, and further quoting Malwitz-Jipson.
Here’s an op-ed by Our Santa Fe River.
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
Received Monday 25 March 2014 as a PDF. -jsq
Three River Estates Property Owners, Inc.
P.O. Box 148
Fort White, FL 32038-0148
Position Statement on Sabal Trail/Spectra Energy Methane Pipeline
The Three River Estates Property Owners (TREPO) Board of Directors
joins with other homeowners and conservation groups in strongly
opposing the placement of the Sabal Trail Methane gas pipeline,
anywhere in the Ichetucknee Springs Basin & Ichetucknee Trace &
surrounding areas. We specifically oppose Continue reading TREPO allies with SpectraBusters and pipeline opponents