Commissioners Dennis Damato, Ronald Kitchen, Joe Meek, Scott Adams,
and Scott Carnahan unanimously passed a ban-fracking ordinance. The
ordinance was amended to include all the county, both incorporated
and non-incorporated areas, skillfully inserted by the able and
prepared county attorney Denise A. Dymond Lyn.
Here’s why Sabal Trail and all the other fossil fuel profiteers avoid jury trials at all costs: when twelve peers of the afflicted decide, the frackers lose.
But money isn’t enough.
That land and water is permanently poisoned.
There’s only one real solution:
end fracking, to end all its new pipelines, compressor stations, bomb trains, and LNG export.
A Pennsylvania jury handed down a $4.2 million verdict in a lawsuit
centering on water contamination from negligent shale gas drilling
in Dimock, PA, a tiny town that made international headlines for its
flammable and toxic drinking water.
Strom can ramp up its LNG export to the Gulf from Crystal River an order of magnitude with its initial units,
and then add more units, all without any further approval by anybody, says this Order from the U.S. DoE Office of Fossil Energy,
which also appears to permit bomb trains shipping LNG anywhere in Florida,
or maybe even other states, with some of the fracked methane probably coming from Sabal Trail if built.
This FE Order was issued 21 October 2014, one month to the day before
Sabal Trail filed in the FERC formal process in
21 November 2014.
Yet not a word was said about Strom or any other LNG export by FERC or Sabal Trail in any of the FERC Scoping Meetings I went to,
I pointed out at the one 1 October 2015 in Lake City, Florida.
Joining Forty-one different cities and 27 counties in Florida that have voted to ban fracking or have expressed their opposition to it since January 2015, Suwannee County BOCC approved three identical fracking opposition letters to Governor Scott, Pro-fracking Bill Sponsors Senator Richter (SB 318) and House Representative Rodrigues (HB 191) tonight.
These bills also contain language that would eliminate Home Rule for local governments concerning fracking.
Chairman Jason Bashaw stated that the board was in agreement that fracking or any high pressure activity underground in Suwannee County and the entire state of Florida’s karst (sinkhole prone) topology would endanger our sole source of water the Floridan aquifer. A risk that he and the rest of the board is not willing to take. Chairman Bashaw also said that he and all board members take exception to the language in the bills that strip local governments of their right to home rule concerning fracking – or anything for that matter.
Fracking involves the pumping of water or acid into wells at great depths which is something you cannot do here in Florida as our aquifer which serves drinking water to 90% of the state, is unique in that the aquifer is literally beneath the ground and at the surface in the form of thousands of springs which are the windows to our aquifer. The state of Florida is prone to sinkholes due to the porous limestone that lies below and above the surface of the land in Florida. This limestone topology is supported by the aquifer and affected by the depletion of it’s water.
First the good news:
a Pennsylvania pipeline protester had all charges dismissed for videoing license plates at a pipeline construction site.
All of those plates were from out of state: so much for pipeline company promises of local construction jobs.
Much else going on in Pennsylvania sounds very familiar.
Mark Clatterbuck, a Martic Township resident and professor of
religion at Montclair State University in New Jersey, was issued a
summons by state police after videotaping out-of-state license
plates of subcontractors working at the Williams Gas pipeline
The health of the people and the water of the state of Florida
being auctioned off by a block of elected politicians backed by big
oil company lobbyists. And our House representative is one of them.
September 17, the Florida League of Women voters called a town hall
in the Orlando area to address public concerns over industry plans
to practice hydraulic acid fracturing on our fragile limestone
aquifers. Not coincidentally, HB 191, and SB 318, bills that call
for preempting Home Rule laws, for the express purpose of greasing
the skids for fracking in Florida, were quietly introduced that same
day by Rep Ray Wesley Rodrigues, Ft. Myers and Senator Garrett
Does it seem like FPL is the sucker in these fossil fuel deals by its parent NextEra?
While the people of Florida fall far behind even New Jersey and Massachusetts in deploying solar power in the much more populous Sunshine State?
You can call your local, state, and federal officials and ask them to stop the fossil fuel boondoggles and get on with solar power.
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
County attorneys are paid to be cautious.
County and city Commissioners are elected to represent the people.
Which will Albany and Dougherty County listen to about unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous pipelines like Sabal Trail?
Dougherty County officials, who represent residents outside the city
limits, say municipalities like Albany have more governmental
flexibility in that they are not completely bound by state mandates.
But Albany’s city attorney says that is not exactly accurate.
“The state has the authority to preempt any local laws other
than zoning,” Nathan Davis says. “If state law ‘moves
into an area’ — such as the fireworks law that went into
effect in July — municipalities must have a local ordinance
that matches the state law.