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facebook pages today.
Spectra Energy also proposed the Sabal Trail methane pipeline
to go under the Withlacoochee River a second time
just before it goes under the Suwannee River to enter Suwannee County.
Why not just cross the Suwannee upstream of Ellaville where
the Withlacoochee meets the Suwannee?
Because that’s where
Stephen Foster Folk Culture State Park is.
Maybe the Withlacoochee, Suwannee, Ichetucknee, and Santa Fe Rivers are
also important to the culture of the entire area.
Gas Pipeline Alert:
Tuesday, March 18th, 6 pm, Suwannee County BOCC
North Central Florida, here is the next public meeting about Sabal’s gas
highway in Suwannee County, cutting under a Springshed in the Santa Fe
River, about 1/2 mile from the confluence of the Ichetucknee River.
Speak to Board about your concerns with a gas highway through Suwannee
County and the Santa Fe River, near the Ichetucknee River (.66 miles away
from the confluence). Fill out a card to speak when you arrive. You will
have 3 minutes to address the Board.
read more here:
SUWANNEE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
JUDICIAL ANNEX BUILDING
218 PARSHLEY STREET SOUTHWEST
LIVE OAK, FLORIDA 32064
TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR March 18, 2014, 6:00 P.M.
“14. Discuss Sabal Trail gas line. (David Hanna) 5 minutes”
the FERC Scoping Meetings move to south Central Florida that same day, Continue reading Suwannee County Gas Pipeline Alert
Merrillee did it, and so can you: write a letter to your local newspaper,
or to a state or national one, for that matter.
In the Suwannee Democrat Thursday and
a longer version in the Gainesville Sun today,
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson: Natural gas highway proposed in the springs heartland -jsq.
The springs have been taking a beating in our recent history and now
they are poised to brace for another blow. Spectra Energy Corp. and
NextEra Energy Inc. have teamed up to build a $3 billion gas highway
that will connect an Alabama natural gas bulk transfer station, cut
through Georgia and bisect Florida’s springs heartland.
It would extend down to Orlando, where the gas will be dispersed
into two more pipelines, ultimately benefiting Florida Power and
Light. The two corporations have created Sabal Trails LLC for the
surveying and construction team. Spectra Energy Corp. constructs
pipelines and created Sabal Trails to get the job done, while
Florida Power and Light wants the gas and is a subsidiary of the
electricity supplier NextEra Energy Inc.
The Florida citing commission has ruled to allow NextEra and Spectra
the right to survey and build another gas transmission pipeline
through Florida’s vulnerable landscape. Land impacts will be
plentiful; protected animal and plant species will have to suffer Continue reading Natural gas highway proposed in the springs heartland –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson
Filed with FERC
17 December 2013
the Ichetucknee Alliance facebook group:
Lucinda F Merritt, Fort White, FL.
The Ichetucknee Alliance (http://ichetuckneealliance.org)
opposes placement of any new natural gas pipelines under, over or through
the 5.5-mile long Ichetucknee River, including the area of
Ichetucknee Springs State Park, the area of Columbia County that is
included in the historic riverbed (the Ichetucknee Trace), and any
part of the Ichetucknee Springshed.
The Alliance opposes any new pipelines in these areas for the
The river and springs, including Ichetucknee Springs State Park, are Continue reading The Alliance opposes any new pipelines in these areas –Ichetucknee Alliance to FERC
Should we add to Georgia’s string of serious pipeline accidents
(worse than Florida’s) by letting a pipeline company with
fines for corrosion and leaks from PHMSA and
a record fine for PCB spills from EPA gash an even bigger pipeline
through our farms and past our towns, churches, and schools?
The data on Florida pipeline accidents
Ichetucknee Alliance’s position paper against the pipeline
(the position that got Spectra’s Andrea Grover to say the
“preferred” route had moved and “currently” there was no threat
to the Ichetucknee River or Columbia County, Florida);
that pipeline accident data
Pipeline Safety Tracker,
which finds an even worse pipeline safety record
for Georgia: 89 incidents, 7 fatalities, 36 injuries, and $56.3 million in property damage.
Among those Georgia incidents was
one near Albany, Georgia, 29 May 2004,
caused by “Environmental Cracking Related” which caused
$209,447 in property damage.
That could be a concern about a proposed pipeline put in by a company
whose employees told federal inspectors it
never conducted key test for corrosion.
Even worse was this one, Continue reading Georgia pipeline safety record worse than in Florida