Especially since the Army Corps issued its permit for Sabal Trail last summer,
Florida is swarming against that fossil fuel invader like an ant bed stirred by
a 600-mile-long pipeline stick. That’s great! However, there’s a lot of duplication of effort. And Florida is not the only place Spectra Energy is gouging its pipes: Georgia and Alabama, too, with implications far beyond.
The oldest name in Sabal Trail opposition, SpectraBusters, invites applications for two things: Continue reading SpectraBusters seeks new Allies and Board members
Many eyes watching pipeline construction can catch shoddy work,
and even FDEP will step in to deal with the most egregious violations,
as Spectra and Rockford for FPL rush to try to finish by May 2017.
Shannon Larsen’s complaint to Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
at least briefly shut down destruction by Florida Southeast Connection (FSC)
at Ft Drum Creek, just south of Ft. Drum, Florida.
On the telephone just now she told me work had indeed been halted.
Right now Shannon is in Okeechobee City starting
a rally to stop pipelines across Florida
at Continue reading Complaint to FDEP stops FSC construction in Okeechobee County, FL
Not just a resolution,
an ordinance, which is a law: no fracking in Citrus County, Florida.
Jim Tatum, Our Santa Fe River, 14 June 2016,
Citrus County Approves Fracking Ban,
Commissioners Dennis Damato, Ronald Kitchen, Joe Meek, Scott Adams,
and Scott Carnahan unanimously passed a ban-fracking ordinance. The
ordinance was amended to include all the county, both incorporated
and non-incorporated areas, skillfully inserted by the able and
prepared county attorney Denise A. Dymond Lyn.
The text of the ordinance is Continue reading Citrus County FL passes ordinance banning fracking 2016-06-14
Video of Congressman Ted Yoho addressing concerns and agreeing that
a Supplemental Environmental Study must be done before Sabal Trail
is allowed to proceed after he hiked the proposed Sabal Trail route
at which the company claimed the nearest sinkhole was 750′ away of
pipeline route. This “omission” which claimed there were no sinkholes
within 750′ of the boring of ST’s pipeline could and most probably
will cause damage to Suwannee River, nearby springs, AND millions of
people’s sole source of water from the Floridan Aquifer.
The original environmental study was Continue reading Waiting for Ted Yoho FL-03 to ask the Corps for a SEIS like he said he would
All the companies behind the Southeast Market Pipelines Project have representatives
sitting in those back rooms voting on draft bills on an equal basis with state legislators, according to the latest information publicly availlable.
Back in the news a year after an Atlanta TV station reported on an ALEC meeting in Savannah, ALEC is not just for Georgia, every state has legislators
in that super-lobbying group, including Florida and Albama, taking those draft bills back to their legislatures and often getting them passed.
Now you know why the same bad bills to ban home rule on fracking, to block renwable energy portfolios, to impose a solar tax, and of course to promote fracked methane pipelines, show up at the same times in states all across the country.
Brendan Keefe and Michael King, WXIA-TV, 22 May 2015,
Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort. They found out quite a bit before ALEC had off-duty deputies throw them out of their hotel. Continue reading Spectra, Duke, NextEra, Williams, all members of ALEC super-lobby group
Transco spilled oil into the Etowah River,
the same Transco
of the Hillabee Expansion Project in the Southeast Market Pipelines Project with Sabal Trail.
According to a local report Transco did nothing to clean up the oil or damage to the riverbed.
This was part of Transco’s Dalton Expansion Project, FERC docket CP15-117,
one of the
many segmented projects discovered by WWALS Watershed Coalition
that should have been considered cumulatively by FERC as part of SMPP,
according to FERC’s own rules and a federal court ruling.
The Etowah River crossing is by open cut instead of HDD. Here’s why.
Accession Number: 20160502-5381,
“EPA Region 4 review/comments for Dalton Expansion EA, CP15-117”, Continue reading Etowah River boring incident, Transco Dalton Expansion Project pipeline
Which Houston, Texas pipeline company has sued Ted Turner, Bob Graham,
and dozens of other Georgia landowners, including a Georgia Centennial Farm?
That’s right, Spectra Energy, as in the Sabal Trail fracked methane boondoggle.
Dan Chapman, AJC, 1 May 2016,
South Georgia pipeline fight turns into battle over eminent domain,
Continue reading Sabal Trail sues Georgia landowners for federal eminent domain –Atlanta Journal Constitution
A Texas company wants to condemn private property in Georgia for a
pipeline to deliver energy to Florida.
Lake County, FL residents especially please go to this meeting.
Scott Callahan, Daily Commercial, 25 April 2016,
Leesburg may tap into gas pipeline,
LEESBURG — Some affected landowners and environmentalists may
not be happy with plans for a new gas pipeline through Lake County,
but the city of Leesburg considers it a blessing….
City commissioners will consider the tap request during tonight’s
commission meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Thanks to Continue reading Ask Leesburg, FL City Council not to tap fracked methane from Sabal Trail 2016-04-25
“No fracking!” said the students, as
nine people protested outside Sabal Trail’s Contractor Fair at RiverOak Technical College, Live Oak, Suwannee County, Florida yesterday, 20 April 2016.
SpectraBusters, Suwannee-St Johns Group of Sierra Club Florida, and WWALS were
among the groups with members on the ground, with the other groups listed on
the flyer we were passing out there in spirit to say
Shortterm jobs are not worth longterm Sabal Trail risk.
the press release, which was
picked up by
Many thanks to Continue reading SpectraBusters leaflets Sabal Trail in Live Oak 2016-04-20
PR sent tonight to about 100 news media:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Live Oak, FL, April 18, 2016 — Local residents and half a
dozen environmental organizations want applicants at Sabal Trail
pipeline job fairs to know a job for a few weeks isn’t worth risking
drinking water for all our families and children and grandchildren.
Opponents of the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline and supporters
of solar power include the Suwannee-St Johns Sierra Club Group, St
Johns Riverkeeper, WWALS Watershed Coalition, Our Santa Fe River,
Earth Ethics, Gulf Restoration Network, and SpectraBusters.
Sabal Trail is holding what it calls Contractor Fairs 11AM to 2PM on
two days this week, not for people to actually install the pipeline,
rather for Continue reading Short-term jobs are not worth long-term Sabal Trail risk –Locals to Sabal Trail jobs-seekers at Contractor Fairs