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Florida Small Scale LNG – Two High Risk Chemical Experiments Upon Citizens

This is a continuation, with updates of,  a previous blog entitled  – LNG – Liquefied Natural Gas & Small Scale Processing Facilities – Action Needed dated 09/24/2017. The DOE passed the small – scale LNG processing facility rule for Florida with 40 of the ‘for’ comments being duplicates which were submitted via the Federal Register. What do we expect in today’s political/corporate climate?

Note this is an excerpt of just some of the points in a comprehensive report written by Dr. Fred Millar – please see his full document below for more detailed information. This is also a shout out to Florida’s media outlets. It is your job to let the citizens of Florida know if their lives are threatened.

Dr. Millar Interview at Toxic Train Conference in 2010

As we know, FERC has abdicated it’s role of regulating these inland small – scale LNG processing facilities “because the facilities do not load directly onto a pipeline or ship bound for foreign ports”. Three Federal Agencies have gone against congressional rules and refuse to regulate these disasters waiting to happen. State agencies simply say “Well it is up to the Feds”.  I and others think not – we the people better get a handle on this development before we become the guinea pigs for a bad experiment as stated in the title above and in his paper below by hazardous railway accident expert Dr. Fred Millar who has been working with Florida’s own LNG expert, Cecile Scofield (see bios below).

This leaves unregulated train and truck transportation of LNG, siting of LNG facilities, and an emergency response infrastructure not prepared for a disaster of, for instance, a train wreck on the FECL involving LNG being transported to Jacksonville Fla through densely populated areas from Miami to Jacksonville, Fla.  All for the goal of exporting fracked gas through Florida to other countries and be damned anyone whose life may get in the oil industry’s way! I do not know about you but I find it alarming that an industry can manipulate the US Government to risk the lives of millions of it’s citizens for the short term profit of a few, evidently including members of our ‘government’.

The First High Risk LNG Processing Experiment – In Populated Areas

  1. Since the adoption by the DOE of unregulated small – scale LNG facilities this past February,  brand new LNG processing  facilities are being, sited, and built  in Florida on as little as 12 acres. To the alarm of many citizens and First Responders there are no emergency plans or buffer zones between the population and these volatile terminals with some being sited on just 12 acres. FERC requires a buffer zone of 1 to 9 miles for large -scale LNG – US LNG Export Facilities – and the nearest population.
  2. These small – scale LNG processing facilities will be the first of their kind in an urban environment involving the handling of large, unique and dangerous containers of Liquefied Natural Gas or LNG to be transported from inland processing facilities to large ports, such as Jaxport, for exporting to other countries.  There is another factor to be considered as these unregulated small -scale LNG processing plants nor the trains and trucks the LNG is transported on are protected from terrorists. In fact in both cases terrorism is a huge concern be it domestic or foreign.

The Second High Risk LNG Experiment – Rail Transportation Approval

  1. US agencies have quietly approved the first ever railway transportation of pressurized LNG in the lower 48 states and in an urban or populated area. As you will see when reading Dr. Millar’s report below there was one other small pilot program approved in a remote area of Alaska. They are allowing the Florida East Coast (FECL) railway to move daily 40 foot, 21 ton LNG tanks at 70 mph through highly populated areas and on the same tracks that carry the notoriously dangerous 110 mph Brightline passenger trains. All of this through numerous rail crossings where there have already been FECL accidents resulting in fatalities and through the many communities that are along the FECL tracks.
  2. Judges and the rail industry itself for many decades considered rail transport of LNG to be such a high risk that it was never allowed upon the railroad system. In fact the Federal Railroad Administration has never designed an approved LNG rail tank car but is now under strong oil industry pressure to do so. This new federal exemption for Florida’s FECL, not only allows LNG to fuel the locomotives but also allows LNG to be transported in attached flat cars with relatively flimsy 10,000 gallon ISO inter-modal containers.
    Please click continue for Dr. Millar’s full document on this clear and eminent danger to the citizens of Florida.

Continue reading Florida Small Scale LNG – Two High Risk Chemical Experiments Upon Citizens


LNG – Liquefied Natural Gas & Small Scale Processing Facilities-Action Needed

The Plan We Must Stop

This is the beginning of a series of blogs to educate the public about the dangers of LNG as well as to convince as many people that we can to object to this dangerous precedent by providing information about what LNG is and what you can do.

Small Scale LNG Truck Terminal
Small Scale LNG Truck Terminal

Liquefied Natural Gas or LNG and the proposed DOE rule that would allow unregulated, with no agency oversight, small scale processing facilities to pop up in your neighborhood endangering you, family, friends. By allowing LNG processing to be your neighbor, pass you in a semi, or be on the same train as you commute, or simply passing through the area you live in, you are at great risk.  We encourage you to comment to the Federal Registry Public Comment Concerning Unregulated Small Scale LNG Processing Facilities.

This a very dangerous and unhealthy addition of unregulated Continue reading LNG – Liquefied Natural Gas & Small Scale Processing Facilities-Action Needed

Hike With Congressman Ted Yoho & The Truth Behind What is Driving the Push to Install Sabal Trail Pipeline

Congressman Yoho with Deanna and Chris Mericle Speaking before the hike of Sabal Trail Pipeline Route at Suwannee River State Park in which he saw the omissions of sinkholes by Sabal Trail from their EIS used to receive permit to bore under the Suwannee River
Congressman Yoho with Deanna and Chris Mericle Speaking before the hike of Sabal Trail Pipeline Route at Suwannee River State Park

Here is the detailed story and videos of what Ted Yoho FL-03 and others,  saw,  heard and said on the hike where Sabal Trail proposes to drill under the Suwannee River as well as a new development.  Rep. Sanford Bishop GA-02,  has sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers asking for a SEIS without even attending this hike or witnessing the sinkholes and other karst topology ‘omitted’ by Sabal Trail’s EIS  which was used to receive a  FERC and FDEP permit.  Rep. Bishop obviously has the common sense to realize that a 36″ high pressure fracked gas line to export natural gas to other countries for the profit of Big Oil, through one of the world’s largest karst (sinkhole) prone areas, which also happens to be THE major recharge/discharge zone for the Floridan Aquifer is a very bad idea.  Especially since the Sabal Trail Pipeline (subsidiary LLC of Spectra Energy) is crossing Florida’s sole source of water for millions of  citizens in Florida and Georgia,  is unnecessary and very dangerous.

We’re still waiting for  Congressman Ted Yoho of FLA district 03, to make this a bi-partisan bi-state coalition, as he promised, by asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), BEFORE Spectra Energy’s lobbyist, Steve Tillman, met with our Congressman representing us in Washington.

Please click here for contact info by state for you to contact the Army Corps of Engineers and request for a SEIS on the Sabal Trail Pipeline to be initiated and sign a quick and easy petition asking Congress for the same by Gulf Restoration Network.

The Hike At Suwannee River State Park Proposed Pipeline Crossing
Just one of the active sinkholes in the Sabal Trail pipeline Route @ Suwannee River
Just one of the active sinkholes in the Sabal Trail pipeline Route @ Suwannee River

On May 15, 2016,  representatives of nine environmental groups, some from as far away as Washington, DC,  geologist Dennis Price, Suwannee County BOCC member Clyde Fleming,  and other officials as well as concerned citizens from Florida and Georgia met with elected officials, including  US Congressman Ted Yoho at Suwannee River State Park to discuss the omissions and discrepancies, discovered by Chris Mericle of WWALS, in Sabal Trail Transmission LLC’s Environmental Impact Study (EIS).  Chris Mericle and geologist Dennis Price led the hike of the pipeline route on the Hamilton County side of the Suwannee to allow these officials and others to see for themselves the numerous sinkholes in and around the pipeline route as well as answer questions from Congressman Ted Yoho (see his videoed response later in this article) as well as other officials and concerned individuals.

Falmouth’s Cathedral Cave System & It’s Endangerment
Active Sinkhole Between Pilgrims Pride and Falmouth Springs Just off HWY 90 where Sabal Trail plans to bore under hwy and cross Falmouth Cathedral Cave system
Active Sinkhole Between Pilgrims Pride and Falmouth Springs Just off HWY 90 where Sabal Trail plans to bore under hwy and cross Falmouth Cathedral Cave system

One other very important discrepancy was the Falmouth Cathedral Cave System which Sabal Trail claims is 100′ underground, a trip to Falmouth springs will show you that is more like 30′.  Dye tests put in at Falmouth have shown this cave system is a network of underground caves that are connected to Lime Run Spring and other springs at the Suwannee River State Park.  This cave system will be crossed at Hwy 90 just 100 or less feet from Pilgrim’s Pride and about 1/4 mile or so from Falmouth Springs.  Sabal Trail plans on jacking up the highway and boring their pipeline underneath atop the Falmouth Cathedral Cave system which is part of our aquifer.  See this picture to the right here which shows a sinkhole right off highway 90 that is 50 to 75′ across and at least 30 feet deep.  To the left of this pictured sinkhole is another in the making which is holding some water but the clay plug could go at anytime.

As John Quarterman, President of WWALS  the nominal host for this event stated before

John Quarterman President of WWALS
John Quarterman President of WWALS

the hike to Congressman Yoho our main objective is:

“What we’re hoping for is a bipartisan bi-state coalition to ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open a Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) …. A lot of it has been ignored by Sabal Trail, rejected by FERC, or not even listened to by FERC.”

“Rep. Bishop GA-02 did write a letter to the Corps asking for a SEIS. We’re still hoping for  letters from Ted Yoho FL-03,  Austin Scott GA-08,  and others.” – jsq

Governor Scott’s self appointed Florida DEP administrators signed off on the Sabal Trail Pipeline based on Sabal Trail’s EIS that got them the Florida permit and FDEP admitted  they have never visited the river crossing  in Administrative Court by these same administrators.  In other words FDEP signed off on Sabal Trail Pipeline’s own Environmental Study without ever doing their job which is to protect Florida’s environment.  Why?  Well it appears Governor Rick Scott is invested in Spectra Energy and thus this pipeline as was reported in The Florida Bulldog (formerly The Broward Bulldog).  Story found here:

Governor Scott’s Investments in Spectra Energy & More

When is a supplement – SEIS – to the EIS required?

A supplement to a draft or final EIS (is required when any of the following occurs:

  • An agency makes substantial changes to the proposed action that are relevant to its environmental concerns.
  • There are significant new circumstances or information relevant to the environmental effects that have bearing on the proposed action or its impacts.

If an agency decides to supplement its EIS, it prepares, circulates and files the supplemental EIS in the same fashion as a draft or final EIS.

It is obvious that there are significant new circumstances or information relevant to the environmental effects that have bearing on the proposed action or its impacts concerning the Sabal Trail Pipeline.

A Simplified Explanation of a SEIS

“Think of our regulatory agencies (yes all of them, including the EPA, Army Corps and FERC) as the DMV.  It is always up to the person who wants the license or the “permit” to bring the documents needed to get their license, in this case Sabal Trail’s.  The DMV just tells Sabal Trail what documents they have to provide & then reviews them. 

Now if your insurance company (aka Gulf Restoration Network or whomever) tells the DMV, hey- this person is a risk and we can prove in these documents provided by our experts that what they are telling you is not true” the DMV reviews the two parties documents and decides who is right.  In this way the burden for providing evidence is always placed on the person asking for the permit,  or those who don’t want them to have it.  The burden is never on the DMV to do a 3rd “independent study” separately to show that the driver is safe, or that the insurance company is right for one drivers license request.  They just look at the documents in front of them.

With a Supplemental Environmental Impact Study we have the opportunity to be the insurance company to Sabal Trail, and tell the Army Corps that they are too big of a risk to be given a license.  AND if the Army Corps (aka the DMV) gives them the permit anyway, we can sue because we put it on the record that they knew about our concerns and didn’t make the right decision.”  —  Thank you to Johanna deGraffenreid of Gulf Restoration Network for this easy to understand explanation.

Geologist Dennis Price and another private geologist have done independent geological surveys of the pipeline route, to be bored 675′ off bank under the Suwannee River as has the individual who owns the property across the river where the pipeline will exit from underneath the river onto his property.  Their reports as well as what can be seen with the naked eye onsite contradict what Sabal Trail has submitted to FERC and FDEP to receive their permits,  that the closest sinkholes to the pipeline are 750′ away. They also omitted the fact there are karst fractures — future sinkholes.  You do not have to be a geologist to know that sinkholes are prevalent in Florida and especially in the Suwannee River area, as is flooding in Suwannee and all of the counties this pipeline and related compressor stations  will be located. In fact the Sabal Trail pipeline follows the USGS Map of Karst (sinkhole prone land in Florida) to the tee.

The Compressor Station in O’Brien Florida

Concerning the compressor stations — this one in O’Brein  (not in Hildreth as Sabal claims). Read this comment on the compressor station and pipeline by organic farm owner and IT professional David Shields:
“I moved here with my family from Jacksonville. Moved here to do organic farming…. Unfortunately perhaps going to be neighbors to a time bomb, or what they call a compressor station, built by Sabal Trail, so we’re obviously in opposition to that. We have quite a few children and being a quarter mile a way is not not exactly something we like to do, or anybody.”  Note that emissions from compressor stations have been shown to cause nosebleeds (caused by formaldehyde) which elevates blood pressure and a myriad of  additional health effects — especially with children.

The  Sabal Trail “Hildreth” compressor station is actually located in O’Brien 1/4 mile from residential communities.  Compressor stations not only emit dangerous chemicals into the  air ( benzene, formaldehyde) they also pollute the soil (thus groundwater) with methane and the toxic chemicals used to clean them. The pipeline and compressor station will use  millions of gallons of water to maintain and clean them both.  This is done on a regular basis.  Suwannee County cannot afford such high uses of valuable groundwater .

If this compressor station was to blow up, and Spectra Energy has had them do that,  it would wipe out everything within at least a half mile of it’s location.  Thus the Shields and all other residents in the area are in constant danger not only from the compressor station but also pipeline ruptures which with a pipeline that size – 36″ –  that Sabal Trail proposes is catastrophic. Everything within at least a mile of the pipeline would be destroyed as has been seen in recent pipeline ruptures which do not always include explosions but can hurl pipe from the pipeline at a great distance at times leaving craters the size of large meteorite activity.

Additionally this compressor station is not a small unit, it is a large compressor station that uses two large turbine units and is set for expansion to double it’s capacity by 2021.

The EIS  performed by Sabal Trail was used by the Federal Energy Commission (FERC), which is funded by the oil and gas pipeline industry,  and Florida Department of Environment (FDEP) to issue a permit for the Sabal Trail fracked liquid gas transmission pipeline to carry this gas to a new Central Florida Hub south of Orlando, Fla., where it will interconnect with the two existing natural gas pipelines that currently serve central and southern Florida and have NOT met capacity. – From FPL’s Website

FPL explains Sabal trail & Florida Southeast Connection

“Sabal Trail Transmission: Sabal Trail Transmission, a joint venture of Spectra Energy Corp. and NextEra Energy, Inc., will include approximately 465 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline that will originate in southwestern Alabama and transport natural gas to Georgia and Florida. It will terminate at a new Central Florida Hub south of Orlando, Fla., where it will interconnect with the two existing natural gas pipelines that currently serve central and southern Florida. The Sabal Trail pipeline will be capable of transporting more than 1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to serve local distribution companies, industrial users and natural gas-fired power generators in the Southeast.”

“Florida Southeast Connection: Florida Southeast Connection, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy. To connect with FPL’s operations, Florida Southeast Connection will construct a separate, 126-mile pipeline from Sabal Trail’s Central Florida Hub to FPL’s Martin Clean Energy Center in Indiantown, Fla.

The two projects are expected to be completed and begin delivering natural gas to FPL’s system in May 2017. FPL will purchase approximately 400 million cubic feet per day beginning in 2017, and will increase to about 600 million cubic feet per day in 2020.

Central Florida Hub south of Orlando, Fla., where it will interconnect with the two existing natural gas pipelines that currently serve central and southern Florida. The Sabal Trail pipeline will be capable of transporting more than 1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to serve local distribution companies, industrial users and natural gas-fired power generators in the Southeast.”

Now do you really think that the liquid natural gas difference between 600 million cubic feet and the 1 billion cubic feet per day  is  needed by south Florida industries? Perhaps these distribution centers FPL mentions on it’s website are actually the  export terminals that are already permitted to export natural gas to other countries such as South America, The Bahamas, etc. at five facilities including Jaxport. In fact in recent responses from Sabal Trail they have admitted the exporting of this fracked gas.
See Sabal Trail’s recent response to Rep. Bishop, WWALS, GRN, individuals and more here (click PDF file).

Sabal Trail Transmission LLC is owned by Spectra Energy.  NextEra (owner of FPL) and Duke Energy are also owners of Sabal Trail Transmission LLC which has no active board and one active corporate owner who is an employee of Spectra Energy.  Sabal Trail Transmission LLC will be defunct as a company when the pipeline is finished with Spectra Energy taking over as operator of this pipeline. Spectra Claims they monitor their pipelines 24/7, yet they did not detect their pipeline rupture in May of 2015 under the Arkansas River.  It was not reported until a tugboat operator reported damage to his boat to the coast guard over 24 hours later.  His tugboat was damaged by a pipeline casing that contained evidence of charred cement indicating an explosion.

Spectra Energy has one of the worst EPA violation records in history including spills of PCBS and other deadly toxins. Spectra Energy has been fined by the pipeline regulatory agency PHMSA for poor or no maintenance practices involving ruptures under the Arkansas River – imagine that happening under the Suwannee River – and elsewhere. Spectra’s safety record is alarming to say the least AND they carry no insurance for accidents , leaks, ruptures, damages , lives — no insurance at all.  If this pipeline is installed we are on our own — period.

Ted Yoho Comments Before the Hike

An excerpt from the transcript of a video taken before the hike by John Quarterman of WWALS:

“You know, you guys have been great advocates against the trail coming through here, and I understand that and I hear you. I represent you guys. I don’t represent Spectra. And if your concerns and my concerns to are, when you drill under a river bed, even though they can tell me, it’s not going to cause a problem, I don’t know what’s under there. And my concern is like yours, if you drill under there, if you hit a karst, or you hit [a conduit] or close to one of those shoots going down in the limerock, what happens if you hit the wrong one. That’s my concern as yours is. Yes, I want the energy, but is there a better way to bring it in….

The thing is, we’re setting, this generation here, is setting, or making decisions that will affect Florida for 50, 60, 100 years. Let’s get it right, and I’ll work with you.”

Video of Ted Yoho After Suwannee River Crossing Hike With Transcript

Transcript of Ted Yoho Video

“Rep. Ted Yoho FL-03 turned to Chris Mericle and said:

And I want to thank you. You’ve been diligent, ever since I got into office, bringing this to our attention. And to see the discrepancies between what was reported and what we see first hand, I mean these are questions that have to be answered. And so we’ll fight to get those answers before it goes anywhere else. You have my commitment on that.

And, uh, we have to have that balance. Because I know not everybody thinks like I do, and I know people will say “thank God” [laughs]. But not everybody thinks the way you do. But in between we have to put that common goal. And it’s hard to find that common goal. It’s not a Republican issue, it’s not a Democratic issue, it’s an American issue. And it’s a Florida issue, and we have to make sure, like you said [gesturing at jsq], generations from now they’ll look back at us. And I want them to say, “you know what? those guys were smart; they did a good thing”.

I think that’s all of our goals, and so you have my commitment to make sure. And we’ll weigh in with you guys to let you know which way it’s going.

Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson spoke up:

One more thing on that, we hope that you will take those letters that have already been written to the Army Corps of Engineers, that’s their next line. All we want are true environmental impact studies done, not the one…

Rep. Yoho interjected:

No, they need to be, though. Because I mean, that’s not a problem. We’ve got a great relationship with them and I’ll ask them. They were just up in our office and we’ll say we need to revisit this before we go any further.


Thank you.

Rep. Yoho:

I’m real concerned about that.

John S. Quarterman added:

We have a letter drafted for you and Congressmen Scott and Bishop to consider.

Ted Yoho:

Is it in the package you gave me?


It’s in the bus, I’ll get it for you, and I’ll send you the PDF.

Rep. Yoho:

Yeah, make sure we get it. We have a great team of people that work with us up there, and and we’ll make sure we weigh in on it properly.”

Ted Yoho Meets With Spectra Energy Lobbyist & Does a 360 – His press Release on May 18, 2016

Yoho Statement on Proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline
May 18, 2016  Press Release
Washington D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) released the following statement on the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline:
“After reviewing the multiple studies performed by the geological engineers and reading the reports and opinions of the many agencies involved in the permitting of the Sabal Trail pipeline, I believe the questions and concerns involving the pipeline have been answered satisfactorily.
“When infrastructure projects are proposed, much anxiety develops. To give the appropriate authorities the opportunity to put these fears to easy, projects like this take a long time to get approval.
“After the required hearings, studies, engineering testing, and comment periods, multiple agencies (such as EPA, Federal EPA, State EPA, FERC, NEPA, Army Corp and a host of other agencies) can weigh in and approve the project. This process should give all concerned a certain level of comfort and trust. After all, these agencies provide the most stringent reviewers of any project.
“I believe the Sabal Trail organization has met these criteria. It has already under gone Administrative court reviews and has satisfied these reviews. Therefore, we should feel more than confident that this pipeline has met the highest standards.
“Once completed, this project will help fulfill the future requirements of Florida’s growing energy needs for years to come while protecting our sensitive environment.”

Marihelen Wheeler Gainesville candidate for Florida House District 21, Hamilton County BOCC's Beth Burnam, Jean Dierker and Maryvonee Devensky of Sierra Club, Merrilee Jipson, Jim Tatum, Eileen Box, Janet Barrow and more listen to Yoho speak
Marihelen Wheeler Gainesville candidate for Florida House District 21, Hamilton County BOCC’s Beth Burnam, Jean Dierker and Maryvonee Devensky of Sierra Club, Merrilee Jipson, Jim Tatum, Eileen Box, Janet Barrow and more listen to Yoho speak

Now all was not lost at this meeting and on this hike despite Congressman Yoho reversing his stance after meeting with Spectra Energy International’s Lobbyist,  we experienced a well organized and beautiful meeting and hike with a group of other officials including  Marihelen Wheeler Gainesville candidate for Florida House District 21, Jerry Bullard of Jasper Hamilton County candidate for Florida House District 10, Mary Louise Hester regional director in Tallahassee for Senator Bill Nelson, Noah Valenstein  Director of SRWMD, Clyde Fleming Suwannee County Commissioner, Beth Burnham Hamilton County Commissioner and 40 or so like minded people who all care about Florida’s present resources and the state of those resources we leave for the next seven generations.  Thank you to all of you who took the time on a Sunday

Candidate Jerry Bullard for District 10 (foreground) and SRWMD Director Noah Valenstein and more listen to Yoho speak
Candidate Jerry Bullard for District 10 (foreground) and SRWMD Director Noah Valenstein and more listen to Yoho speak

morning, especially Suwannee BOCC official Clyde Fleming, to let our voices be heard and show what SBOCC, Hamilton County BOCC have already seen the ‘omissions’  and ‘discrepancies’ on this pipeline route.  Both counties have written letters to the Army Corps Of Engineers asking for a SEIS before this pipeline is allowed to proceed.  Marion County also has requested a SEIS due to ‘omissions’ and ‘discrepancies’ in  Sabal Trail’s EIS concerning the Marion County area.

Thank you to Thomas Lynn reporter for the Suwannee Democrat and Jake Galvin reporter for the Florida Bulldog for attending and reporting on this event

Jake stayed with us all day accompanying us on a trip to Falmouth to discuss the Falmouth Cathedral Cave System which extends to Suwannee River State Park and to the site by Pilgrims Pride site where the Sabal Trail pipeline (pictured above) will be bored under HWY 90 just around 70 feet from a 50′ wide and at least 30′ deep active sinkhole.

Here are very inspiring videos of that day on the beautiful Suwannee River:

Bobby C. Billie, spiritual and family leader of the Independent Miccosukee Simanolee Nation, A Beautiful Prayer in His Native Tongue

Wise and Noteworthy Comments by Jennifer Rubiello, Dennis Price & John Quarterman

Complete videos of meeting & hike with transcripts posted @ WWALS

Florida’s Economy Will be Impacted By Sabal Trail & Other Pipelines As Property Values Will Decrease & Florida’s Resources

This battle to protect our water, resources and very lives is not over.  Suwannee, Hamilton, and Marion counties have sent letters to Army Corps of Engineers to ask for a SEIS rather than have an industry company, Sabal Trail,  do it’s own study. That is like the fox watching the hen house.  With FERC funded by the same industry it regulates as well as our own Governor Scott being personally invested in the Sabal Trail pipeline AND the man who is responsible for hiring the people at FDEP as well as all  Florida agencies —  you can bet our safety and well being have not even been considered.  This project will bring zero long term jobs with very few low paying jobs, as Spectra and Sabal Trail will bring their own crews out of Texas to lay the pipeline.  Local jobs will be limited to food service, some paving, rock hauling etc. and will only last about 60 days, if that,  before the crews move on and temporary local jobs end.  Again our governor attempts to line his pockets  — his wealth has skyrocketed ever since he took office  — all on the backs of people desperate for work who only seem to get minimum wage jobs with no health insurance.

Florida is an unique and ecologically sensitive state whose economy depends upon mostly tourism and ecotourism.   For instance Suwannee River State Park where Sabal Trail proposes to bore under the Suwannee River putting the prings there as well as all outdoor activities at risk.  The report Outdoor Recreation and Trails states, according to the Florida Outdoor Recreation Economy Report, consumers spent $38.3 Billion last year, creating nearly 330,000 jobs, generated more than $2.5 Billion in State and local taxes as well as $10.7 billion in wages.  The Sabal Trail Pipeline will not even touch these figures in jobs, taxes or consumer spending.  In fact if this pipeline is allowed to be installed, there are more pipelines already planned throughout the state, including a Kinder Morgan gas pipeline to run from Tampa area carrying Sabal Trail Fracked gas to export out of Jacksonville which is crossing near the Ichetucknee and Sante Fe Rivers in Gilchrist, Suwannee and Columbia counties. This is not taking into account the fracking that the oil industry is pushing with the blessings of our oil/gas invested Governor and his self appointed agencies.

Let us not let Florida become like Pennsylvania and the other beautiful states ruined by the unnecessary fracking and pipeline industries. Our mainstay for our economy, tourism, will see a drop, there has already has seen a drop last year as natural resources such as springs,  beaches, and other one of a kind natural resources are ruined beyond repair by the oil and gas industry (BP Oil Spill) and lack of adequate protections by our state government. Imagine Florida crisscrossed with gas /oil pipelines, roads with bomb trucks and train bombs on both coasts and it’s ports filled with dangerous gas export terminals …. or imagine an economy based on natural wonders seen nowhere else.  An economy that is safe for the people and the environment as our natural treasures – springs, rivers, waterways and Floridan Aquifer are protected not exploited.  Let us not sit back and watch as oil companies come for our resources much like carpetbaggers for THEIR profit alone leaving our one of a kind state in ruins.

What can YOU Do?

First please contact your Army Corps of Engineers in your state to request that a Supplemental Environmental Study be performed before they issue a permit for the pipeline and then please sign the petition linked below to contact Congress to ask them for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Study.
Florida ACE office contact:
Jacksonville District Reg. Div.
Jacksonville Permits Section
Attn: Mr. Mark R. Evans
P.O. Box 4970
Jacksonville, FL 32232

Georgia ACE contact:
Commander, U.S.A.C.E.,
Savannah District
Attn: Mr. Terry C. Kobs
1104 N. Westover Boulevard, Unit 9
Albany, GA 31707

Alabama ACE Contact:
Mobile District Reg. Div.
Montgomery Field Office
Attn: Mr. James S. Cherry II
605 Maple Street
Building 1429 Room 105
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6017

Link to online petition by GRN to Congress asking for a SEIS:

Note US congress is responsible for disbursing oil/ gas industry funds to FERC

Get involved and educate yourself.  Contact your legislators especially here in Florida and let them know that you oppose the Sabal Trail pipeline, any other pipeline or other activity  such as fracking, that would disturb Florida’s limestone based land and connected aquifer. The Floridan Aquifer of which 97% of it’s recharge/discharge zone is located in Suwannee County Fla.  A county that Sabal Trail/Spectra Energy has included in all 12 of it’s pipeline route plans.

Ask questions, visit and read the history of this pipeline saga.  We are available to answer your questions, please send email to the SpectraBusters contact address:

There are a growing number of individuals and groups that are fighting this and other CONNECTING pipelines to export fracked gas all over the USA to other countries for oil/gas company profits at a very high cost to the people as methane leaks have been found to cause a much higher carbon issue than any other fuel and have been under reported as can be seen in this press release about the pending legal action against a high ranking EPA official who purposely caused an under reporting of these leaks on behalf of the -oil and gas industry.

Florida  — The Sunshine State — is one of only four states that does not allow Solar Power freedom to it’s citizens.  If you have read this far then you know why.  Be sure and vote NO on amendment one — the fake solar amendment put on the Aug 30 ballot by Florida’s monopoly utility companies and the Koch Brother’s  –  and YES on amendment 4, written by the Florida legislator to remove tax barriers for those who wish to install Solar power. Let us take Florida out of the dark ages and into the light as our neighboring state Georgia has — they are #1 in solar power growth.

Also support Floridians for Solar Choice by gathering petitions to put an amendment on the 2018 ballot for the right to decide where you buy your power from. Energy freedom and Energy Democracy for Florida’s citizens.

Remember the legacy we leave our children, their children and so forth is for at least seven generations.  Let us have them say we did the right thing by them.

~~ Deb

Shoestring Energy Justice Network and Dimock families defeat mighty Cabot Oil & Gas in $4.2 million anti-fracking lawsuit win

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.

Sharon Kelly, Desmog Blog, 10 March 2016, BREAKING: $4.2 Million Jury Verdict Against Cabot Oil & Gas in Dimock, PA Water Contamination Lawsuit,

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.

The defendant in the lawsuit, Cabot Oil and Gas Corp., had strenuously denied Continue reading Shoestring Energy Justice Network and Dimock families defeat mighty Cabot Oil & Gas in $4.2 million anti-fracking lawsuit win

Suwannee County Opposes Fracking and Revocation of Home Rule

SBOCC Chair Jason Bashaw
SBOCC Chair Jason Bashaw

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.

Continue reading Suwannee County Opposes Fracking and Revocation of Home Rule

Sabal Trail is a reckless proposal –GA State Senator Sims to FERC

Sabal Trail targets those most vulnerable, the “elderly, disabled and without monetary or political means to “fight” such an environmentally intrusive plan.”

Filed with FERC 23 October 2015 as Accession Number 20151023-5278, “Comment of Senator Freddie Powell Sims under CP15-17”:

District 12
110-A State Capitol
Atlanta. Georgia 30334
Phone: (404) 463-5259
Fax: (404) 463-2279


Interstate Cooperation, Vice-Chairman
Education and Youth, Secretary
Natural Resources and the Environment

The State Senate

Atlanta, Georgia 30334

October 20, 2015

Letter to FERC Kimberly D. Bose
Federal Energy Regulation Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washingtun, DC 20426

Dear Ms. Bose:

As State Senator for District 12 in the State of Georgia, I write this letter in opposition to the proposed Sabal Pipeline location in the populous area of Dougherty County / Albany, Georgia. The Sabal Pipeline proposed location is a “reckless” proposal that negates the health and safety of current and future residents of Dougherty County / Albany, Georgia. Many of the residents Continue reading Sabal Trail is a reckless proposal –GA State Senator Sims to FERC

Oppose Sabal Trail at FERC Albany, GA 2015-09-28

Rally against pipeline and compressor station September 28th, Monday 430pm at Albany Civic Center, sign up to speak at FERC hearing at 530pm, speak at FERC hearing starting at 6pm.

Please remember that scientific studies show that within one mile of a gas compressor station in New York, which is 1/4 the size of the one planned for Albany (meaning it will impact people within a 4 miles radius) , the following impacts on health were recorded:

  1. asthma, nosebleeds, headaches, and rashes
  2. elevated levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen
  3. increased mortality rate of persons over 65
  4. double the risk of autism in expectant mothers in the third trimester

Some people think Continue reading Oppose Sabal Trail at FERC Albany, GA 2015-09-28

New York State to ban fracking

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

Outrage over noise and health effects of Sabal Trail pipeline in Albany, GA

Noise, land-use, health, and a planned joint meeting with county and city Commissions of Dougherty County and Albany. But will they actually pass an ordinance with legal effect? How about get a judge to rule that the pipeline company is not acting in public service for Georgia and therefore cannot use eminent domain like a judge in Kentucky did?

Franklin White wrote for WFXL 15 September 2014, Residents voice health concerns about possible pipeline.

It was a packed house Monday as Dougherty County residents asked the Dougherty County Commission to formulate a noise ordinance.

Christian McKinney wrote for WALB 15 September 2014, Dougherty Co. to meet, discuss controversial Sabal pipeline, Continue reading Outrage over noise and health effects of Sabal Trail pipeline in Albany, GA

We grow increasingly concerned –Dougherty County Commission to FERC

All members of the Dougherty County Commission signed a letter saying “we grow increasingly concerned” that FERC and Sabal Trail aren’t listening to concerns of Dougherty County citizens. And that was after one August meeting of citizens discussing and opposing that fracked methane pipeline; Dougherty County citizens have held at least four such meetings by now. Maybe the Dougherty County Commission would like to take legal action by passing a land-use ordinance regulating pipelines. many other County Commissions that are going to be affected by And maybe the Alternative 1, Alternative 2, or Alternative 3 if the pipeline gets moved from its current proposed path might want to also take action.

389x300 Page-12 Limited Warranty Deed, Down Home Plantation to Sabal Trail (5 of 5), in We grow increasingly concerned, by Dougherty County Commission, 25 August 2014 Here are images of the pages the Dougherty County Commission sent to FERC 5 September 2014, starting with the two pages of the Commission’s letter dated 25 August 2014, three pages of a stakeholder writeup signed by Dinorah Hall, two pages not depicted that were broken TIFFs, but presumably contained the 13 August 2014 Albany Herald story about the South Dougherty League meeting, 300x242 Parcel 00312/00001/01S on Lily Pond Road and Newton Road, in We grow increasingly concerned, by Dougherty County Commission, 25 August 2014 and a Limited Warrantee Deed dated 24 May 2014 transferring 79.184 acres from Down Home Plantation LLC to Sabal Trail Transmission LLC, which. the Dougherty County Commission guesses is for a compressor station.

It’s not like that land transfer is a secret. Searching for Sabal Trail in Continue reading We grow increasingly concerned –Dougherty County Commission to FERC