Resolution 2014-04-06: Sabal Trail Transmission Line
Motion to approve
Vice Mayor James Smith,
Council Member John Griffin.
Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary:
Yes = 5).
Petitions to the New York Governor may have helped him send this message to FERC
about Spectra’s AIM pipeline project that would go far too close to the document-forging caught-fire leaked-oil-into-the-Hudson River Indian Point nuclear plant:
On Monday, the state plans to notify the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission that it will take a hard look at the project in light of
a series of problems at the nuclear plant since last May. In
addition, the state will ask federal regulators to suspend their
approval of the project — effectively halting construction
— until the study is completed.
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.
Live Oak, February 10, 2016 — The date has been set to go see
where Spectra Energy of Houston Texas has been permitted by the
Federal Energy Regulatory (FERC) in Washington, DC to drill under
the Suwannee River for its Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline
despite widespread local opposition. The Suwannee Board of County
Commissioners already voted a resolution to move Sabal Trail’s
compressor station. Still mulling stronger action, the SBOCC agreed
at a recent meeting to go with local guides, including WWALS Watershed Coalition board member Chris Mericle, on a hike with the
public to where FERC said construction monitoring was important for
the river and our drinking water in the Floridan Aquifer, but Sabal
Trail should be left to self-monitor. The day and time have been
set: 8:15 AM Thursday February 18, 2016.
Without ever appearing on FERC’s public calendar, and a month in advance of when FERC previously said, FERC yesterday issued certificates for Sabal Trail, the Transco Hillabee Expansion Project, and Florida Southeast Connection.
Trial-style evidentiary hearing?
Nope, FERC believes Sabal Trail.
Consolidation of the three dockets into one?
Nope, everybody should have opposed all three, says FERC.
Hey, demographics don’t matter, pipeline siting is
all about engineering and “environmental” issues.
And profit. Don’t forget profit for the pipeline companies.
Nevermind, Continue reading We will accept Sabal Trail’s answers –FERC issues certificates→
The event was held at Suwannee River State Park where Sabal Trail plans to bore a pipeline under the River beginning 675 yards off the river bank. This event included a hike of the Sabal Trail pipeline route.
Suwannee County citizens, we have a local petition to Suwannee County BOCC in addition to the state petition that is being circulated. Please sign and circulate for signatures both petitions.
Click read more below to download, sign and gather signatures. I have also included maps that are printable of the entire pipeline route from Alabama to Florida and a Suwannee County Map showing where the pipeline is PROPOSED. No matter what you are being told or if you have signed easement papers with Sabal Trail THIS PIPELINE NOT A DONE DEAL FOLKS.
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
If you’re a Houston fossil fuel company and you can’t get FERC approval fast enough, try FE, or MARAD!
If that doesn’t work, ship it by land through Canada or Mexico!
Local property rights, they laugh at those! Rio Grande, Suwannee River, or Hudson River: just minor obstacles to greed!
If the people are tired of profit being more important than their land, water, air, or safety, it’s time to stop this fossil fuel shell game.
Here is a photo of a sinkhole that is 1230 feet from the proposed
pipeline at MP 380. It dropped overnight—40′ wide and
deep—several years ago.
This is the biggest recent one on the ranch where I live, but there are others. MP 377 – MP 386 go through the ranch where I live. We don’t own it. My husband is manager.
This is in Marion County. 29.094506, -82.405163.