Action Days: Dec 28 thru Jan 2, and January 14-15th Peaceful Civil Disobedience
The Sabal Trail Pipeline is FlorIda’s DAPL:
A Scheme by Private Utility Monopoly FPL & Cohorts to Profit at Public Expense, Threatening Our Water, the Environment and the Economy!
Crossing three states, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, the Sabal Trail Pipeline is intended to transport natural gas (aka, fracked methane). including fracking investments in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Compression stations and facilities are going in near ports to facilitate export sales to other countries. The Sabal Trail Pipeline project, jointly owned by Spectra Energy, Duke, and FPL’s parent company, NextEra, and paid for by utility customers, threatens Florida’s fragile geology and network of springs, rivers, caverns and one of the world’s largest aquifers, the Floridan Aquifer that spans Florida and portions of 4 more states, and upon which we depend for much of our agricultural and drinking water in Florida.
Spectra Energy, the company charged with operating the pipeline, has an extremely poor safety record with a history of spills, leaks, fires, explosions and negligence. The pipeline is approaching the final phase of construction, connecting its N. FL construction head to another pipeline or rail line near Lake Okeechobee, the final leg to the ports. It is scheduled to be completed by February and operational by May, or possibly.
Additional controversy concerns questions about improperly approved Environmental Impact Statements, and the legality of eminent domain evictions of 160 properties, particularly because the gas appears to be for private profit gained by export, and not for domestic use. Governor Scott has approved the pipeline, in which he is financially invested, in a blatant disregard for conflict of interest.
The Green Party of Florida calls for clean renewable energy and a stop to further pipelines. Sabal Trail threatens our water, environment, and climate, forcefully takes private property, charges utility customers, and delays green energy by over-building infrastructure for needless fossil fuel.
What Can I Do?
Join Water Protectors onsite at Sabal Trail
Dec 28 through Jan 2, January 14/15, & into the future
Go here to learn more about the camps, find ride shares, etc.:
Events in all areas: http://stopsabaltrailpipeline.blogspot.com/p/next-events.html
Events and info: http://www.facebook.com/stopsabaltrail.
Facebook group for shared info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/StopSabalTrailPipeline/
Water Is Life Camp (Branford): http://floridawaterislifecamp.org/
Sacred Water Camp (Live Oak): https://www.facebook.com/groups/sacredwatercamp
Rideshares to Camps: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1289270891117066/
Both towns are in Suwannee County. Live Oak is about 70 miles from Gainesville; Branford is about 1/2 way.
Call, Rally, Share:
Call on those in power to rescind the permits (Be polite and professional on the phone!):
- Florida Governor Rick Scott 850-717-9337
- Army Corps of Engineers 904-232-2477
- President Obama 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414
Join or initiate Actions:
To have your group listed as an “Endorsers of Sabal Trail Resistance,” send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educate others on line or in conversation. Feel free to print or pass on these GP flyers about Sabal Trail, here in English and Spanish: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4nDppvtKwZCVm82bDFxZ19Vc2s
Learn more about the menace and corruption these pipelines present:
Informative letter to Georgia Governor Deal
Sabal Trail pipeline’s adverse impacts will be mitigated, agency says