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?
Albany Herald, 4 August 2014,
LOCAL GOVERNMENT 101: Albany’s municipal government based on charter, codes,
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.
“There has been in our community a call by some to create an
ordinance that would impact the ultimate decision of whether that
(Sabal Trail Transmission) pipeline is allowed Continue reading Albany, GA attorney missing the point about ordinance against pipelines
The woman who stood up for Love Canal residents and caused the federal
government to create Superfunds now calls for a nationwide fracking ban.
And with no fracking, there will be no new pipelines!
Buffalo News, 13 July 2015,
Another Voice: Federal fracking ban should follow New York’s lead,
By Lois Marie Gibbs
On June 29, New York took the final step in the process to ban
fracking, following the announcement of the ban last December based
on significant public health risks. In many ways, the ban stems from
the large movement of activists and scientists who raised their
voices and showed clearly that fracking has unacceptable dangers.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo deserves tremendous praise for standing up to
the oil and gas industry and protecting the public health and safety
of all New Yorkers.
Unfortunately, the federal government’s plans for fracking contrast
poorly Continue reading Follow New York State and ban fracking nationwide –Lois Gibbs
Local ordinances lead to state laws banning fracking and pipelines.
And don’t forget Sabal Trail has to get permits from the Georgia
Department of Transportation for road crossings and an air quality permit
from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for the Albany compressor
station, or no pipeline.
There is plenty local, state, and federal elected officials can do to
stop this invading fracked methane destruction and hazard.
Rev. Ezekiel Holly
called on local officials to act.
Here are some ways how.
How about a county ordinance rooted in
the Comprehensive Plan?
A local ordinance was used by Jefferson County, Florida to keep Nestle out of the same
Local ordinances have been used in Pennsylvania to stop pipelines, and
upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Local ordinances were used across New York State to ban fracking,
upheld by the state Court of Appeals,
until the state government finally took up the cause and
banned fracking statewide.
Now New York state residents are saying Continue reading Fracking and pipeline bans start at the local level
Gasland posted on facebook
a picture of an ad against fracking, pipelines, and LNG export
in the New York Times 9 July 2015
by Yoko Ono, Gasland, Food and Water Watch, and many other groups.
sign onto that letter here.
Everything it says applies as much to Alabama, Georgia, and Florida
and the Williams-Spectra-FPL Transco-Sabal Trail-FSC fracked methane pipeline chain as it does to New York and Williams’ “Constitution Pipeline”.
Here are a few excerpts:
By now the whole world knows that Fracking is bad for your health!
It is bad for communities and it is bad for the climate. That is why
I am so glad that New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo banned
But now we are facing the gas industry who are still trying to Frack
New York. The fracked gas industry wants to build a pipeline that
would cut across New York state like a scar that never heals. It
goes by the ridiculous and Orwellian name “The Constitution
Pipeline”. How dare they!
We cannot allow another poisonous plan for our beautiful state that
we all love.
We must stop fracking, which means we must not transport fracked gas
across our state where it is headed for foreign export markets. The
danger to our homes, is also Continue reading Stopping fracking means stopping pipelines: Yoko Ono et al. in the New York Times
This, Sabal Trail, is what a historical precedent looks like.
They protested fracked methane storage, were arrested,
and the charges were just dismissed with prejudice,
which means they case can’t be brought back on those charges.
Everything they said about Seneca Lake
applies equally to the Sabal Trail pipeline,
the Palmetto Pipeline, Elba Island LNG export, and the rest of the
whole cash-out-before-the-carbon-bubble-pops fossil fuel boondoggle.
Sometimes, in good conscience, citizens must engage in non-violent acts
of civil disobedience to protect our sacred trust.
Surveying for the unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline is not “imperative”, no matter how many
threatening letters Sabal Trail sends.
These are our sacred trust: Continue reading Justice was served at last for the Seneca Lake protesters
Shale basins lie under our Floridan Aquifer in
most of south Georgia and much of north Florida,
northwest Georgia, so it’s time for Georgia counties to join Florida
in passing anti-fracking resolutions.
I submitted a request for a resolution to ban fracking in Georgia to
the Thomas County Board of Commissioners on 3/15/2015. So please, I
would like the people of Thomas County to reinforce this and the
people of all counties in Gerogia to do likewise. Together we can
stop this crime!
Here’s the text of the request he sent to the Thomas County Commission: Continue reading Anti-fracking resolution suggested to Thomas County, Georgia
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
People die from fracking, both from contamination and on the job.
Deaths from fracking contamination
Cause and effect is notoriously difficult to prove for deaths from
chemical or radiation contamination, but here are some that
seem very likely:
Fossil fuels are going down, as the third most populous U.S. state follows the lead of dozens of its local governments and bans fracking.
The sun is rising.
Jesse McKinley, New York Times, today 17 December 2014,
Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks,
The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban
hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty
by concluding that the controversial method of extracting gas from
deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and
pose inestimable public-health risks.
“I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the
great state of New York,” said Howard Zucker, the acting
commissioner of health.
That conclusion was delivered Continue reading New York State to ban fracking
Tampa Bay Times opposes FPL fracking Oklahoma to send fracked methane through the Sabal Trail pipeline, and so can you, through this
petition by Food & Water Watch:
Tell PSC to deny Florida Power & Light’s request for fracked gas!
Remember, FPL’s parent NextEra Energy is
buying into green energy in Hawaii.
FPL should do the same in the Sunshine State.
You can also write letters to the editor, like
Vickie Machado sent to the Miami Herald
Don’t allow fracking in Florida,
6 December 2014, Continue reading FWW petition against FPL fracking