Events you can go to, report violations and other things you can do where you are,
and why we all oppose the unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous Sabal “Sinkhole” Trail fracked methane pipeline.
If you want to go somewhere to do something, Continue reading Report violations and Events to stop Sabal Trail →
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 →
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 →
“Putting a pipeline anywhere near in a sinkhole-laden environment could be horrific if something went wrong,” said Our Santa Fe River President Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, “Our organization is still very much opposed.”
Governor has financial stake in natural gas pipeline, by Megan Reeves, Lake City Reporter, 27 July 2014., also mentioning Greenlaw and EPA, and further quoting Malwitz-Jipson.
Here’s an op-ed by Our Santa Fe River.
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson of Our Santa Fe River
sent this letter yesterday to the same
newspapers Sabal Trail has been in recently. -jsq
Sabal Trail’s spokesperson distributing large quantities of disinformation
“Safety, public input, federal monitoring, jobs, tax revenue, exceed
federal safety requirements, reliability, affordable, clean,
thorough review, latest proven technologies:” these are all good
little meta tags and nice sounding words and phrases used by Andrea
Grover, public relations employee for Sabal Trail, in
editorial about that company’s proposed natural gas pipeline which
was carried by newspapers in the southeastern United States.
But let us point out a few facts that this editorial fails to
mention. There were plenty of public input meetings (we attended
seven of these, and we read the minutes from others) and the input
was overwhelmingly negative. Issues of concern include Continue reading Inadequate insurance and safety plus eminent domain and environmental destruction by Sabal Trail –OSFR →
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 →
Seen this morning on
Gilchrist County to hold pipeline meeting in February. -jsq
Gas Pipeline Alert: Next meeting scheduled with Gilchrist County
Commission and Sabal Trails gas Transmission Pipeline is February
20, 2014, time certain, 5 pm. At the Gilchrist County Administration
building in Trenton, FL. All citizens and concerned parties in this
vicinity of the Santa Fe River are encouraged to come. This is a Q
and A with the company. You will be allowed 3 minutes to ask your
question. Please remember to fill out a speaking card when you enter
Our Santa Fe River, Inc.