Email FERC Commissioners directly, and it still gets filed as an ecomment, as a Thomas County, Georgia resident demonstrated.
And remember FERC could pick
Alternative 3 which goes through Thomas County.
Filed with FERC 1 December 2014 as Accession Number: 20141201-4002,
From: Alton Burns
Date: November 27, 2014 at 10:55:20 PM EST
Subject: Re: PF14-1-000 Sabal Trail Transmission LLC
Dear Chairman LaFleur,
Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC
is seeking a Certificate of Public
Convenience and Necessity for its 300 mile Florida natural gas
pipeline and will submit its preferred pipeline route soon. This
certificate should be denied. When determining the issue of
‘need’, Sabal Trail’s own Draft Resource Report
states: Continue reading Sabal Trail is bullying its way –Alton Burns to FERC Chair
There’s no safe way for the yard-wide Sabal Trail fracked methane
pipeline through the
fragile karst limestone containing
the Floridan Aquifer, according to what Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection
told FERC back in April.
And what’s this about
seven foot pipeline depth in Florida, while
Spectra’s Andrea Grover complained
in the Valdosta Daily Times about requests for five feet deep in Georgia?
FL-DEP points out that
caves might not support a pipeline
could easily cause sinkholes.
Plus blasting could change local hydrology.
The situation is actually worse than FL-DEP described.
We don’t know that
contamination couldn’t come from
BCPs carried from Spectra’s
Texas Eastern pipeline, or radon from the Marcellus Shale,
in addition to the
solvents FL-DEP mentioned.
We don’t know the pipeline would carry only
a gaseous product;
it could be sold and used for something else.
And as DEP says, it’s not just leaks that are the problem:
the pipeline would require large amounts of
testing water that would have to come from somewhere
and go back somewhere, presumably contaminated with whatever was in the pipeline.
What guarantee do we have that contamination wouldn’t go
borings under our riverbeds?
Filed with FERC
18 April 2014
as four pages of the 74-page
“Florida State Clearinghouse comments on Dockets # PF14-1, et al Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Southeast Market Pipelines Project (Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connection Projects).”
Some of it
was also submitted to FERC by Florida’s Suwannee River Water Management District, but there is new material here; especially
that superimposition map. Continue reading Sabal Trail pipeline considered harmful for karst limestone Floridan Aquifer –FL-DEP
Filed with FERC
18 April 2014.
Avoid karst limestone, unconfined aquifer, caves, springs, wetlands, drilling under rivers, blasting, or using groundwater for testing pipes or disposing of it afterwards, and where can a pipeline go?
April 18.2014 Continue reading Avoid highly sensitive water resource features –SRWMD to FERC
Received Monday 25 March 2014 as a PDF. -jsq
Three River Estates Property Owners, Inc.
P.O. Box 148
Fort White, FL 32038-0148
Position Statement on Sabal Trail/Spectra Energy Methane Pipeline
The Three River Estates Property Owners (TREPO) Board of Directors
joins with other homeowners and conservation groups in strongly
opposing the placement of the Sabal Trail Methane gas pipeline,
anywhere in the Ichetucknee Springs Basin & Ichetucknee Trace &
surrounding areas. We specifically oppose Continue reading TREPO allies with SpectraBusters and pipeline opponents
Our Santa Fe River
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
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
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
Spectra’s Sabal Trail pipeline wants to cross either the Ichetucknee River
or the Santa Fe River in Florida, and a landowners association where
those two rivers meet doesn’t want that.
Morgan Watkins wrote for Gainesville.com 24 October 2013,
Contracts for natural gas pipeline through Florida get initial OK,
Ichetucknee River Estates in Branford is one of the neighborhoods
through which the pipeline is slated to run. Darryl Marshall, a
neighborhood resident, is helping circulate a petition that opposes
routing the pipeline through the residential community. The petition
has around 25 signatures and he expects to have 70 or 80 by early
Marshall, a retired police officer, is worried about the impact on
local wildlife as well as on the community as a whole.
“When I retired, I wanted to go Continue reading Ichetucknee River Estates Landowners Association against the Sabal Trail pipeline