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
“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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Live Oak, FL, January 12, 2016 — Stepping up its support for local and larger groups opposing the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline, this Saturday Sierra Club is hosting a meeting culminating in a hike to the Suwannee River to see where Spectra Energy of Houston, Texas proposes to drill under the iconic Suwannee River into Suwannee River State Park. Media are invited to see people from Florida and south Georgia stand up for our rivers and our Floridan Aquifer.
When: Saturday, 16 January 2016 – 11 AM with hike at 1 PM
Where: Suwannee River State Park
3621 201st Path, Live Oak, FL
15 miles west of Live Oak on US 90
Continue reading Hike to the Suwannee River with Sierra Club against Sabal Trail – Jan. 16, 2016
Citizens renamed Sabal Trail the Sinkhole Pipeline because it doesn’t belong in the sinkhole-prone karst limestone of the Floridan Aquifer.
FERC can’t say they weren’t told, since videographers followed them
through all four cities so far; see for yourself.
Albany, Monday 28 September 2015, videos by Thomas Swain
Moultrie, Tuesday 29 September 2015, videos by Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE)
“You tell us you’re sorry and it happens again”, said Continue reading Videos: Citizens against Sabal “Sinkhole” Trail pipeline to FERC in Albany, Moultrie, Valdosta, and Lake City
Floridian’s Clean Water Declaration Campaign, facebook, 18 February 2015,
Laura Dailey of SpectraBusters brought a strong message in favor of
solar energy and against the pipeline that’s proposed to cross the
More about Laura Dailey, Director of Community Outreach & Speaker’s Bureau.
And a few more of her notes for that speech:
Throughout history, the smart investor has bet his money on the
future. Today, colleges and universities, even major corporations
divesting from fossil fuels. Why? Because fossil fuels are
the new DINOSAURS, and we already know how that story ends! Even
Duke Energy, just last week
committed $225 million to the development of Solar energy.
Think of the
water that can be saved!
Since 2006, the
cost of solar panels Continue reading Laura Dailey spoke for SpectraBusters at clean water rally in Tallahassee
After a long string of safety incidents and later-contradicted
assertions in the media, would you trust Sabal Trail to drill under
your rivers in your aquifers and near your farms, schools, homes, and springs?
Here’s stage two of
Sabal Trail’s three-stage horizontal directional drilling (HDD) method,
according to its document
How We Cross Rivers and Streams,
Here’s why you should ecomment to FERC and your elected officials right now.
Sabal Trail filed key materials after FERC’s stated deadline,
a Suwannee County, FL landowner points out in a FERC ecomment,
also revealing Sabal Trail
still didn’t address key springs upstream and down from its proposed new pipeline path, and said nothing about
beneath the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers.
a call to action from Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson:
I realize many of you have seen me (and a few others) navigate
through a enormous amount of meetings, letters, social media
announcements to stop the Sabal Trail Gas (fracked)Transmission
Pipeline cutting through one of our most vulnerable areas of our
World, the Florida Springs Heartland.
You have watched and read from the sidelines for nearly 2 years. It
is time for you to act. Call it my Continue reading Time to comment to FERC on Sabal Trail ignoring springs on Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers
And of course our own Laura gave her usual valuable insights! An
excellent presentation by OSFR well attended except by Suwannee
County citizens. Columbia County voted to have their attorney
consult with Alachua County to draft a resolution or ordinance
against fracking and related issues. Thank you Merrillee, Jim and
all the members of OSFR and other groups for a concise and excellent
presentation. Now for the rest of North Florida counties… Like
Our Santa Fe River, 15 January 2015,
Columbia Commissioners Take First Step,
And a giant step it was. The far-sighted and open-minded
commissioners listened attentively and with interest to the
detailed, informative and professionally delivered Power Point
presentation by OSFR president Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson giving the
many reasons for adopting an ordinance banning fracking in Continue reading Columbia County, FL steps towards anti-fracking ordinance
Evidently Spectra’s Andrea Grover was too obviously failing
to convince people to stop worrying and love the Sabal Trail pipeline,
because FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy has taken up the
mighty megaphone of methane talking points.
And the Gainesville Sun ran him on the same page as
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson and Jim Tatum of Our Santa Fe River,
today, 18 August 2014.
Here are the links and a few excerpts. Read ’em for yourselves!
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson and Jim Tatum,
Pipeline poses multiple problems,
Again, we must point out that Florida Power & Light just recently
estimated that in 10 years the demand for power will increase
approximately 13 percent, but the Sabal Trail’s new pipeline would
have an increase of 33 percent delivery capability. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency filed a report with Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission saying that the recently completed (2011)
Southeast Supply Header System was designed as an “alternative
natural-gas source during hurricane-related disruptions in the Gulf
That’s actually an underestimate Continue reading OSFR v. FPL: head to head in the Gainesville Sun