Senator Nelson, Stand up and protect Florida from fracked gas Sabal Trail Pipeline

Florida is in need of clean energy and jobs. We need you to protect Florida, not FPL.

Dear Senator Nelson,

Floridians have great concerns about the Sabal Trail pipeline being constructed through Florida. Representatives from several organizations visited your office on December 29th to hand-deliver over 95,000 signed petitions asking you to stand up to protect Florida from the Sabal Trail Pipeline. We visit your offices, hold rallies, make calls, but hear no word.

As this pipeline is nearing completion, we are distressed that you as our representative have not responded, nor taken a stand in opposition to this fracked gas pipeline project that serves the financial interests of its investor companies, NextEra, Duke, and Spectra, and the countries who will receive the exported fuel, but is already devastating to Florida’s delicate karst geology, accelerates fracking elsewhere with all the implicit and associated hazards, has inappropriately taken homes and property by eminent domain, threatens our aquifer and water supply with contamination and damage to its casing, is an explosive hazard to our communities, and undermines our future with faster more certain climate change.

All pipelines leak–in fact by a recent study, 2 to 3 times more so than official estimates claim, and leaks continue for many years without repair. When you factor in that the Sabal Trail pipeline is routed through Florida’s most sinkhole prone region, peppered with thousands of sinkholes with new ones developing unpredictably, pipeline stress and instability are inevitable; methane leaks, and possibly explosions, make these pipelines extremely dangerous.

In addition, these gas pipelines rob us of a healthy future, stalling investment in clean energy, as they lay down infrastructure to claim precedent for supplying energy needs as they arise. We should be reducing our fossil fuel use, not expanding it.

In 2014, you were one of the deciding votes against the Keystone XL Pipeline that would have run from Canada to Nebraska, expressing concerns over threats to the midwest aquifer and plans for export. Has funding from NextEra dampened your concerns over Florida’s aquifer and blinded your eye to exports? We need you to protect Florida, not FPL.

Florida is in need of clean energy and jobs. Solar provides both, bringing approximately three times more jobs per dollar spent as with gas or oil and without the risk to environment, health or climate.

We implore you to take a stand immediately, to incite an investigation into FERC’s approval process when FERC is mandated to protect our environment, to block the Army Corp of Engineers approval, and to challenge the right to eminent domain for a project that is not for domestic need but for export for private gain.

Given the urgent nature of this issue, we would like to have an emergency Town Hall meeting so that you can hear and respond to the voices of your state, and stand up to protect Florida. We need immediate action, we cannot wait longer for a response.

We look forward to your reply.

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