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
Beth Gordon told a Gainesville, FL TV reporter 1500 feet from her home is still too close
for the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline.
And since they moved it off her property, they won’t entertain any compensation.
Same for you, if a pipeline blows up in your county or state like one did in neighboring Gilchrist County, Florida in 2012:
you get no compensation, but your taxes may have to pay for emergency responders, hospitals, etc.
Jesse Pagan reported Wednesday 22 October 2014 for WCJB TV,
Natural Gas Pipeline Concerns, Levy County,
“It would destroy the whole way of life here in Levy County.”
“I never gave them permission, yet I came home one day
and they’d cut into my locked gate.
I don’t know how they did it.
I think they climbed over my fence.
There were surveyor stakes all over my property.
First they wanted to put it on my property.
Now they’ve moved it onto the farm next door.
The reporter said that’s about 1500 feet from her property,
“Too close for her comfort.”
“And because the property isn’t physically right on our property,
they will not entertain payment for it.
The reporter mentioned her
petition to the Florida Public Service Commission (FL-PSC) Continue reading Sabal Trail surveyed without permission –Beth Gordon on WCBJ TV
A newspaper in Gainesville, with more than twice the population of Ocala,
picked up the
same newspaper editorial against the Sabal Trail fracked
methane pipeline, reiterating that unless serious risks can be addressed,
the pipeline isn’t worth it, and besides, it’s not clear Florida
even needs the power other than to profit big utilities (and pipeline companies,
and apparently Florida Governor Rick Scott).
Hm, marching northwards,
Ocala, Gainesville, next
then how about
Newspapers and TV stations in those places have covered the pipeline.
Time for their editorial boards to do what just happened in Ocala
30 July 2014,
Editorial: A pipeline’s purpose, Continue reading Another newspaper against Sabal Trail: The Gainesville Sun
Similar to the coverage in the
Moultrie Observer (it even mentions the closed Lowndes County landfill),
plus some local observations and some quotes by Beth Gordon.
Bill Thompson wrote for the Ocala StarBanner yesterday,
EPA questions gas pipeline planned through North Central Florida,
Continue reading EPA questions about Sabal Trail in Ocala newspaper
Finally, the EPA wants the report to incorporate the project’s
compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. That would be a concern
for residents near Dunnellon.
The company intends to build a compressor station south of the town,
near State Road 200.
Environmental regulators seek to learn how much greenhouse gases and
potentially hazardous pollutants will be emitted at such sites.
The Congress member for all of the north Florida path of the
proposed Sabal Trail methane pipeline invites you to a Town Hall in Ocala Monday.
Ted Yoho’s facebook page,
Ocala Town Hall
Hosted by Congressman Ted Yoho
6:30-7:30pm Monday 17 March 2014
3733 SW 80th Avenue, Ocala, FL
Come join me for a Town Hall meeting on Monday, March 17th at
Westport High School. I’ll be there to give an update on what is
happening in Washington as well as answer any questions or concerns.
Doors open at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
Florida’s Third Congressional District includes part or all of all of the north Florida counties
on the pipeline path: Madison County, Hamilton County, Columbia County, Suwannee County, Gilchrist County, Alachua County, Levy County, and Marion County.
Continue reading Ted Yoho (FL-03) Town Hall in Ocala, FL tomorrow 17 March 2014
Injury to workers or local people, limited local resources, property rights,
and more concerns all bubbling to the top in central Florida
like methane from a deep well.
Briana Harper reported for GTN 29 January 2014,
Natural Gas Pipeline Cause Concern for Property Owners,
The Sabal Trail Gas Pipeline is a project more than 400 miles long
spanning across three different states. The purpose is to provide
domestically-produced natural gas for the southeast region. But this
pipeline comes at a cost to property owners. Eminent Domain Attorney
Brian Bolves says, “It’s a big scale project that’s coming through
the community. It will change the character of a lot of people’s
property,there have been a lot of surveyors assessing people’s
property and so people have a lot of concerns about the nature of
The project will affect Continue reading Central Florida property owner pipeline concerns –GTN
Its name is the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
but lately it’s been sounding more like a marketing firm for pipeline companies.
You can help fix that.
Bill Thompson wrote for Ocala.com 11 December 2013 about a meeting
in Dunnellon, Florida,
At open house, Sabal Trail presents plans for natural gas pipeline,
About 50 people attended an open house meeting held by Sabal Trail
Transmission LLC, the energy firm that will construct the roughly
465-mile line for two of America’s biggest energy companies. The
line will go through Alachua and Marion counties, among others….
John Peconom, project manager for the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission, which will have final approval over the pipeline,
described Sabal Trails efforts at this point as “shaking the
The company, he said, is attempting to identify — and
mitigate, if necessary — as many issues as possible before
filing its application with the government, which should come in
about a year.
Peconom told me
in Moultrie, GA 27 January 2014
that that last was FERC’s role.
I wonder why Continue reading FERC: regulatory agency or marketing firm for pipeline companies?
One Florida county is taking the Sabal Trail pipeline proposal seriously, maybe because there are no fewer than three paths for the pipeline into Gilchrist County, Florida, all three crossing the Santa Fe River, and one first crossing the Ichetucknee River.
In his article about
Terry Witt wrote for Levy County Journal (undated),
Bronson Area Property Owner Says Gas Pipeline Just an Atom Bomb,
Gilchrist County Administrator Bobby Crosby said the Gilchrist
County Commission is planning for a February public meeting with
Sabal Trail officials to answer questions about the pipeline.
Crosby said there are two proposed routes through Gilchrist County
and rumors of a third route. He said he has been unable to get
answers from Sabal Trail officials, but they are willing to answer
questions from the public at the meeting.
“We’re kind of in the dark,” he said.
“There’s nothing definite. I
can’t get an answer from Sabal Trail.”
Sabal Trail’s preferred route has nine detail maps
for Gilchrist County:
crossing the Santa Fe River to enter the county,
Waters Lake Quad,
Newbury SW Quad, where it crosses into Alachua County.
Plus Sabal Trail’s alternate route maps include
Gilchrist Westerly Deviation and
Ichetucknee River Deviation: Continue reading Gilchrist County to hold pipeline meeting in February
There’s a tiny amount of news coverage about the
all of which are listed on the
The resume Monday evening in Lumpkin, GA and Williston, FL.
Before that, Monday morning, the Lowndes County Commission, Georgia,
Spectra speak at their 8:30 AM Monday 9 December Work Session,
to answer questions submitted in advance by the public.
Morgan Watkins wrote for Gainesville.com Wednesday,
Public gets chance Thursday to learn more about proposed pipeline,
Sabal Trail Transmission, the company building a 474-mile
natural-gas pipeline from Alabama into Florida, has begun a round of
open houses for the public and will host one Thursday evening for
Alachua and Gilchrist counties.
The open house will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Bell High
School, located at 930 S. Main St. in Bell, and provide an
opportunity for people in the community to learn more about the
pipeline that eventually will run through the area.
Or won’t run through, if enough people oppose it. Continue reading Open Houses in Florida, and Spectra before the Lowndes County Commission in Georgia