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
You can join this new ally in telling FERC to say no to that useless,
damaging, and dangerous fracked methane Sabal Trail pipeline.
Cathy Harrelson wrote for Gulf Restoration Network 12 June 2014,
Say ‘No’ to the Sabal Trail Pipeline,
Florida’s besieged waterways are facing a new threat: Sabal Trail
Transmission, LLC, wants to run a natural gas pipeline over, under
and through our aquifers, rivers and springsheds. Our waters are
already under threat from runoff pollution and over-pumping, and
this major pipeline would risk sinkholes, gas leaks and aquifer
Florida’s water is too important to take these
but we can say ‘no’ today!
Sabal Trail is seeking Continue reading Say No to Sabal Trail! –Gulf Restoration Network
Springs before pipelines, say board members of Our Santa Fe River
in central Florida, and let’s get on with clean solar power.
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson and Jim Tatum
wrote for the Gainesville Sun 25 April 2014,
Pipeline in springs heartland would be at risk for accidents,
Is another gas highway pipeline inevitable in our Florida springs heartland?
They quote FPL and note the
unanimous October 2013 Florida Public Service Commission (FL PSC)
approval of the
Sabal Trail Transmission pipeline project, including
FL PSC Commissioner Julie Brown saying,
“The need for this project is indisputable at this time.”
Then they dispute that need. Continue reading Pipeline accident risk in Florida springs heartland: go solar instead
EPA isn’t buying FPL’s need for new power in Florida,
or that methane is better than
renewable energy sources
should be considered together, not separately),
or that a pipeline is the best way to get gas
Port Dolphin instead),
or that any of the
proposed routes are appropriate,
not to mention catching inconsistent numbers of
and asking to see any
And EPA asked for
as well as further information on water
re-emitted into the environment.
My favorite is
EPA recommends FERC provide in the EIS readable and comprehensible
maps and figures, and clearly describe all potential impacts with the
proposed action upon children’s health. For example, maps of schools,
day-care facilities, multifamily housing, and hospitals should have
different legend colors and be created at scales providing appropriate
information, i.e., proximity of sensitive receptors to the navigation
and transportation corridors.
FERC shows EPA’s comments as filed
23 April 2014, although they are dated two days earlier. -jsq
UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY Continue reading Explain why the gas is needed –EPA to FERC
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
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
Filed with FERC
19 November 2013:
nancy c dwyer,
Lake Panasoffkee, FL.
Where is consideration for alternate routes? Such as co-locating
with other FPL projects? Or, for example, locating 6 miles of
pipeline in nearby deep sandy soil vs karst/limestone substrate
connected to the aquifer, which is part of the proposed route in
Sumter County, FL.
comment with FERC.
Force Majeure, or an act of God, in other words “not our fault”,
that’s what a methane pipeline company calls
the 25-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish, Louisiana.
The same thing could happen in
the soft limestone underlying all of Florida and south Georgia
that contains our Floridan Aquifer, the source of our drinking water.
Energy Transfer’s page for Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC under
|Notice Status Description:
|Reqrd Rsp Desc:
||No response required|
||Aug 15 2012 1:57PM|
||FORCE MAJEURE, Southern Portion of the Chacahoula Lateral & Napoleonville Interconnect, Assumption P|
|Notice Effective Date/Time:
||Aug 15 2012 1:54PM|
|Notice End Date/Time:
||Until further notice|
FORCE MAJEURE, Southern Portion of the Chacahoula Lateral & Napoleonville Interconnect, Assumption Parish, Louisiana (Revision #1) Continue reading Pipeline subsidence is Force Majeure –Florida Gas Transmission
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