Twice in five years a sinkhole big enough to risk rerouting a road
appears in Lowndes County, Georgia, in the same fragile karst limestone
Valdosta limesink terrain Sabal Trail proposes to gouge through
What if a sinkhole drops under that pipeline, and, like FGT in 2013,
Sabal Trail declares force majeure and doesn’t pay?
See On the LAKE Front, 2015-08-06,
County and news media digging deeper on Shiloh sinkhole story, Continue reading New sinkhole in Lowndes County terrain Sabal Trail wants to gouge through →
If affected salt and other minerals in subsurface caverns are enough to
deny a FERC permit, drinking water in the Floridan Aquifer should be, too.
“first formal protest of Texas colonists against Mexican tyranny”
was signed at Turtle Bayou, Chambers County, Texas, where
an Alabama Company four years ago wanted to store natural gas underground
with an associated pipeline that FERC denied.
Communities and local governments throughout the Floridan Aquifer
have signed protests against fossil fuel company tyranny
in the form of the unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous
Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline.
FERC denied that permit application for
Turtle Bayou Gas Storage Company in 2011; one of only two pipeline applications that
FERC’s John Peconom could find that FERC ever denied.
The applicant appealed.
FERC replied in Dockets CP10-481-002 and CP10-481-000,
ORDER DENYING REQUEST FOR REHEARING OR RECONSIDERATION (Issued April 11, 2012), Continue reading If eminent domain is hardship to Mineral Interest Owners, it’s hardship to everyone else →
The state representative for
Valdosta and parts of
cited their two resolutions and
enumerated lack of need for a pipeline, threatening letters from Sabal Trail, alternative routes
next to a school, ill effects on business
forestry and agriculture
private property valuations,
potential sinkholes due to drilling under the
including on the
anywhere in the fragile karst limestone
containing the Floridan Aquifer,
plus Spectra Energy’s own
say it doesn’t have insurance to cover
the kinds of
safety problems in Spectra’s own history
nor those pointed out by
Southern Natural Gas Company.
Dexter Sharper noted local evidence that
solar power is cheaper and safer,
the Lowndes County Democratic Party
“…we have a moral obligation to leave our children and grandchildren with an earth as safe, beautiful, and majestic as the one bequeathed to us by our parents and grandparents.”
For all these reasons, on behalf of my constituents and the citizens of Lowndes County and the state of Georgia, I oppose the Sabal Trail pipeline anywhere in the County of Lowndes or the State of Georgia.
I urge that FERC reject any permit for the Sabal Trail pipeline, or at the very least move it entirely out of the State of Georgia.
Filed 7 January 2015 with FERC as
Accession Number: 20150107-5100,
“Comment of Dexter Sharper, Georgia State Representative, District 177, under CP15-17.” Continue reading No eminent domain for water-threatening unnecessary Sabal Trail pipeline –GA Rep. Dexter Sharper District 177 →
Florida newspaper reporters
are not buying the pipeline company’s spin.
Instead they write about the fragile limestone
that holds our drinking water in the Floridan Aquifer,
damage to which can easily turn a spring into a sinkhole.
Wednesday, the Orlando Sentinel about Spectra’s safety record,
Morgan Watkins wrote for the Gainesville Sun,
Expert: Pipeline would cross Santa Fe at the worst spot,
Standing along the bank of the Santa Fe River near the riverside
house in southern Suwannee County his family has owned since 1967,
Kevin Brown pointed to the spot where a natural gas pipeline is
expected to cross underneath the ground.
But Brown’s brother David, a geologist, and other concerned folks
hope to persuade the company leading the project to select what they
consider a safer crossing point….
The river and the surrounding area is pockmarked with springs and
sinkholes. Exposed limestone — a crumbly, fractured rock
— Continue reading Sabal Trail at worst spot –expert in Gainesville Sun →
The nation’s oldest, largest, and most influential
grassroots environmental organization opposes the Sabal Trail pipeline.
Sierra Club PR today (and read to FERC):
TRI-STATE SIERRA CLUB CHAPTERS OPPOSE GAS PIPELINE
Statement of the Georgia, Florida, and Alabama Sierra Club
Chapters Opposing the Sabal Trail Pipeline
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Georgia Sierra Club, (404)-607-1262,
Alabama Sierra Club, email@example.com
ATLANTA, GA—The Georgia, Florida, and Alabama Chapters of
the Sierra Club oppose the 650 mile Sabal Trail Transmission natural
that would carry fracked natural gas extracted from
Pennsylvania and Texas through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Sabal
Trail Transmission, LLC is a joint venture between Spectra Energy
Partners, LLC and and NextEra Energy, Inc. Spectra Energy and its
related companies have been fined repeatedly for safety and
environmental violations throughout the United States including one
fine of $15,000,000.
The proposed pipeline would cut a wide swath through pristine lands
with resulting negative impacts on
endangered species, critical
wildlife habitat, invaluable wetlands, Continue reading Sierra Club Chapters Oppose Sabal Trail Gas Pipeline →