Sabal Trail is back on the agenda for the Hamilton County, Florida
Commissioners tomorrow evening.
Please go if you’re in the area.
When: 6PM Tuesday
March 15th 2016
Room 112, Courthouse,
207 Northeast First St.
If affected salt and other minerals in subsurface caverns are enough to
deny a FERC permit, drinking water in the Floridan Aquifer should be, too.
“first formal protest of Texas colonists against Mexican tyranny”
was signed at Turtle Bayou, Chambers County, Texas, where
an Alabama Company four years ago wanted to store natural gas underground
with an associated pipeline that FERC denied.
Communities and local governments throughout the Floridan Aquifer
have signed protests against fossil fuel company tyranny
in the form of the unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous
Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline.
FERC denied that permit application for
Turtle Bayou Gas Storage Company in 2011; one of only two pipeline applications that
FERC’s John Peconom could find that FERC ever denied.
The applicant appealed.
FERC replied in Dockets CP10-481-002 and CP10-481-000,
ORDER DENYING REQUEST FOR REHEARING OR RECONSIDERATION (Issued April 11, 2012), Continue reading If eminent domain is hardship to Mineral Interest Owners, it’s hardship to everyone else →
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 →
A FERC comment period ending 15 November 2014 seems to mean
Sabal Trail will miss its 31 October formal filing date.
No relief suggested for crossing the Withlacoochee River at the border
of Brooks and Lowndes Counties, Georgia (or inside Lowndes County
next to Valdosta, according to
several of the previous alternatives).
And every proposed path still crosses the Suwannee River
into Suwannee County.
Maybe that’s because
the Dougherty County Commission and
the Albany City Council actually stood up for
Gilchrist County (see Wacassassa Flats Alternative),
Suwannee County Commission
swallowed Sabal Trail disinformation and
the Lowndes County
Commission and the Valdosta City Council did
one letter from the Chairman)
one letter from one Council member).
There’s still time for Dougherty, Lowndes, and all the other
counties and cities
to pass ordinances, and to lobby state and federal agencies and
elected and appointed officials.
Oh, and there’s an election going on.
Also no mention of
Sabal Trail’s Jasper, Florida Open House,
5-7:30 Tuesday 21 October 2014, but STT’s newspaper notice said the public
is invited, so y’all come!
Filed with FERC today, 15 October 2014,
Supplemental Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environment Impact Statement for the Planned Southeast Market Pipeline Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues etc. re Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC under PF14-1.
No. PF14-1-000 Continue reading Sabal Trail Notice of EIS Intent and Route Alternatives →
A foreign company wanting to take local resources and not even
provide any local jobs, only in “preliminary stages”: sound familiar?
Swiss company Nestlé used the same playbook to try to grab
water from the Wacissa River that Houston company Spectra Energy
is trying to gouge its hundred-foot right of way for its yard-wide
fracked methane pipeline through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Wacissa and Jefferson County, Florida fought back and won.
Counties can do the same to stop that pipeline.
Brett Adler wrote for the Florida Independent 2 December 2010,
Nestle draws fire for plans to pump more water from North Florida springs,
Citizens in North Florida are gearing up for what many foresee as a
drawn-out battle with Nestle Waters North America, the country’s
largest water bottler, which recently completed test wells Continue reading Jefferson County, FL stopped Nestle; counties can stop Sabal Trail →
A newspaper in Gainesville, with more than twice the population of Ocala,
picked up the
same newspaper editorial against the Sabal Trail fracked
methane pipeline, reiterating that unless serious risks can be addressed,
the pipeline isn’t worth it, and besides, it’s not clear Florida
even needs the power other than to profit big utilities (and pipeline companies,
and apparently Florida Governor Rick Scott).
Hm, marching northwards,
Ocala, Gainesville, next
then how about
Newspapers and TV stations in those places have covered the pipeline.
Time for their editorial boards to do what just happened in Ocala
30 July 2014,
Editorial: A pipeline’s purpose, Continue reading Another newspaper against Sabal Trail: The Gainesville Sun →
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 →
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 →
An ally takes action against the methane pipeline
and for clean water and springs.
Food & Water Watch today posted
Stop the proposed natural gas highway near Florida’s Springs:
Tell Florida lawmakers to keep our springs safe!
It’s linked to a petition,
Sign the petition to keep the Sabal Trail Pipeline out of Florida!:
The Sabal Trail is a proposed pipeline that would run from Alabama
to Florida carrying natural gas extracted through fracking. Experts
fear that this pipeline will endanger our water resources as well as
senstive ecosystems in Florida, like our precious springs. The
pipeline will also encourage more hydraulic fracking or “fracking.”
Fracking is a type of gas drilling that injects millions of gallons
of hydraulic fluids — a mixture of chemicals, water and sand
— into a well to create pressure that cracks open rock
underground, releasing natural gas. This process can deplete and
contaminate local water, damage the environment and threaten public
the link and sign!
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 →