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 →
Sabal Trail has backed off its end-of-October FERC filing target,
now saying “sometime later this year”.
Opposition is having some effects!
Robert Hudson wrote for alexcityOutlook.com 1 October 2014,
in Tallapoosa County, Alabama,
where Sabal Trail proposes to start its hundred-foot gouge through three states,
Company preparing to submit natural gas pipeline application to FERC, Continue reading Sabal Trail delays formal FERC filing until “sometime later this year” →
A Sabal Trail Open House in
Albany, Dougherty County, GA Monday, then
Jasper, Hamilton County, FL Tuesday.
That’s the first two places in the route alternatives Sabal Trail just published.
Does that mean Trenton, Gilchrist County, FL Wednesday
and Kissimmee, Osceola County, FL Thursday?
There is no published Open House schedule on sabaltrailtransmission.com or ferc.gov,
so anybody who knows of more of these, let us know.
facebook event created today by Jen Maloney:
Sabal Trail “Open House”
Monday, October 20 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn Albany Hotel
101 S Front St, Albany, Georgia 31701
The picture is by Continue reading Sabal Trail in Albany, GA 2014-10-20 →
A FERC comment period ending 15 November 2014 seems to mean
Sabal Trail will miss its 31 October formal filing date.
No relief suggested for crossing the Withlacoochee River at the border
of Brooks and Lowndes Counties, Georgia (or inside Lowndes County
next to Valdosta, according to
several of the previous alternatives).
And every proposed path still crosses the Suwannee River
into Suwannee County.
Maybe that’s because
the Dougherty County Commission and
the Albany City Council actually stood up for
Gilchrist County (see Wacassassa Flats Alternative),
Suwannee County Commission
swallowed Sabal Trail disinformation and
the Lowndes County
Commission and the Valdosta City Council did
one letter from the Chairman)
one letter from one Council member).
There’s still time for Dougherty, Lowndes, and all the other
counties and cities
to pass ordinances, and to lobby state and federal agencies and
elected and appointed officials.
Oh, and there’s an election going on.
Also no mention of
Sabal Trail’s Jasper, Florida Open House,
5-7:30 Tuesday 21 October 2014, but STT’s newspaper notice said the public
is invited, so y’all come!
Filed with FERC today, 15 October 2014,
Supplemental Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environment Impact Statement for the Planned Southeast Market Pipeline Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues etc. re Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC under PF14-1.
No. PF14-1-000 Continue reading Sabal Trail Notice of EIS Intent and Route Alternatives →
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson of Our Santa Fe River
sent this letter yesterday to the same
newspapers Sabal Trail has been in recently. -jsq
Sabal Trail’s spokesperson distributing large quantities of disinformation
“Safety, public input, federal monitoring, jobs, tax revenue, exceed
federal safety requirements, reliability, affordable, clean,
thorough review, latest proven technologies:” these are all good
little meta tags and nice sounding words and phrases used by Andrea
Grover, public relations employee for Sabal Trail, in
editorial about that company’s proposed natural gas pipeline which
was carried by newspapers in the southeastern United States.
But let us point out a few facts that this editorial fails to
mention. There were plenty of public input meetings (we attended
seven of these, and we read the minutes from others) and the input
was overwhelmingly negative. Issues of concern include Continue reading Inadequate insurance and safety plus eminent domain and environmental destruction by Sabal Trail –OSFR →
What company prints its sustainability report on wind-powered paper,
yet pipes a greenhouse gas
20 times worse than CO2?
Yep, it’s Spectra Energy, also bragging about how
respectful they are to Sabal Trail “stakeholders”.
Selling fracked methane through a 36-inch pipe in a hundred-foot gash
through forests and wetlands with a thousand-foot explosive radius
is like selling cigarettes and claiming you’re for good health.
Tobacco companies can’t get away with that any more,
and why should fossil fuel companies?
On the very last page of a 16-page report,
2013 Sustainability Highlights Report,
Spectra Energy says:
This paper is manufactured using clean, renewable
wind-power energy and carbon offsets for additional savings.
That’s the only mention of wind or renewable energy in the document,
while solar power is not mentioned even once.
And look at Spectra’s Purpose on page 2: Continue reading Sustainable Spectra? Like healthy cigarettes? →
This op-ed spells out actions by
Sabal Trail and FERC, that it interprets as deception,
and it concludes we can all say no to that unnecessary pipeline.
I’ve added a few pictures and links.
Marihelen Wheeler wrote an op-ed in the Ocala StarBanner 1 June 2014,
Floridians can and must say no to gas pipeline,
It should be called “psychological bait and switch.”
This tactic is being used by corporations trying to engage and
solicit residents’ support for controversial projects that will
negatively impact those residents. Among the most recent projects is
the proposed Sabal Trail gas pipeline that will disturb about 13,670
acres of Florida land.
A company’s first move is to propose an idea that is so distasteful
that, Continue reading Say no to pipeline bait and switch –Marihelen Wheeler →
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 →