Pictures and video, Suwannee River Outing and Protest 2017-01-14

Water protectors downstream, Suwannee River, Sabal Trail crossing, 30.4067260, -83.1565080 By water, land, and air hundreds gathered Saturday to protect the Suwannee River from the invading Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline. 23 people signed in at the WWALS paddle on the Suwannee River. You’ll see more pictures from others later, including from the Southwings flight for WWALS, and from the protest by others on land. Meanwhile, here are a few pictures, a few videos, a google map, plus people stuck outside Suwannee River State Park as reporters drove in, and a few pictures of red pipe going into the ground in Hamilton County, plus 15 state trooper cars. All the news stories I’ve seen thus far are also linked in, plus pictures of the two TV reporters arriving.

Sabal Trail pipe going into the ground, 30.3841030, -83.1753430 Thanks to the 23 paddlers, 5 from Georgia (1 from Hahira, 1 from Valdosta, 1 from Warner Robins, 2 from Pine Mountain) and 18 from Florida (2 from Jacksonville, 1 from Tallahassee, 2 from White Springs, 1 from Live Oak, 4 from Fort White, 4 from Alachua, 2 from Gainesville, 2 from Micanopy). That’s a range of more than 300 miles, along most of the Sabal Trail pipeline path and elsewhere. Thanks to Amy Wiegenstein for staying at the CR 141 Ramp, collecting waivers, and watching the boats and vehicles. Thanks to all the WWALS members who came, some new, and to those paddlers who may become members soon. And thanks to Our Santa Fe River, with their crew from Fort White and beyond.

Water protectors downstream, Suwannee River, Sabal Trail crossing,

Heading downstream, Suwannee River, 30.4091667, -83.1563889

Heading downstream, Suwannee River,

FWS and water protectors at Sabal Trail crossing, Suwannee River, 30.4087793, -83.1554114

FWS and water protectors at Sabal Trail crossing, Suwannee River,

Suwannee County (left) bank, Suwannee River, Sabal Trail crossing, 30.4068650, -83.1559890

Suwannee County (left) bank, Suwannee River, Sabal Trail crossing,

Water protectors downstream, Suwannee River, Sabal Trail crossing, 30.4067260, -83.1565080

Water protectors downstream, Suwannee River, Sabal Trail crossing,

Tree knocked down by Sabal Trail, Hamilton County (right) bank, Suwannee River, 30.4073100, -83.1565580

Tree knocked down by Sabal Trail, Hamilton County (right) bank, Suwannee River,

Here is a WWALS video playlist:

Suwannee Riverkeeper Air Force, 30.4131688, -83.1586719

Suwannee Riverkeeper Air Force,

Stuck outside Suwannee River State Park, 30.3787760, -83.1659828

Stuck outside Suwannee River State Park,

Desiree Carver, Valdosta Daily Times, 13 January 2014, Hundreds protest pipeline: Sabal Trail demonstration peaceful,

LIVE OAK, Fla. — For the first time in its history, Suwannee River State Park closed due to overcrowded conditions due to the large turnout for a Sabal Trail pipeline protest Saturday, according to Park Manager Craig Liney.

Park officials allowed 95 cars in before shutting its gates. Cars could then park on the highway and protesters could either walk or be shuttled in.

Hundreds of protestors gathered, many with signs and musical instruments, to protest the pipeline project….

The pipeline will pass through Clyattville.

The pipeline path crosses both the Withlacoochee River in Lowndes County and the Santa Fe River in North Florida. According to a press release from Andrea Grover of Spectra Energy, the pipeline is 85 percent complete.

See my op-ed in the VDT last Sunday.

FWC, Laura Dailey, Dylan Hansen, SRSP closed gate, 30.3788114, -83.1657346

FWC, Laura Dailey, Dylan Hansen, SRSP closed gate,

Mo4ch News, 14 January 2017, Hundreds protest gas pipeline in Florida over health & environment risks (VIDEO),

Another protester, Laura Dailey, came from South Dakota, where she had been fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. She told local television channel WCTV that she didn’t want history to repeat itself in Florida.

“The same thing that is happening there is happening here: ground waters will be poisoned, the economy will eventually turn down,” Dailey said.

WTXL, Mike Roth, 30.3788298, -83.1658956

WTXL, Mike Roth,

WTXL, 14 January 2014, Thousands Gather to Protest Sabal Trail Pipeline,

Protesters are concerned about the environmental ramifications of the pipeline’s installation hiking miles along the Suwannee River in a mass demonstration of civil disobedience.

Floridians are asking Senator Bill Nelson and other lawmakers to get involved in an attempt to halt the pipeline’s construction. Today’s civil disobedience echoes recent demonstrations that have taken place in at least five cities in the sunshine state.

WCTV, Erika Fernandez, 30.3788609, -83.1657808

WCTV, Erika Fernandez,

WCTV Erika Fernandez, 14 January 2017, Hundreds protest construction of Sabal Trail Pipeline in Suwannee,

LIVE OAK, Fla. (WCTV) — Hundreds of people gathered at the Suwannee River State Park on Saturday to protest the construction of the Sabal Trail Pipeline. That natural gas pipeline is being built along a 500 mile stretch from central Alabama, across southwest Georgia, and down into central Florida.

With every step and every chant, “Water Protectors” are determined to make a change.

“We have one chance to save this, there are no do overs when your aquifer collapses. There are no do overs when your water gets poisoned. There is only the right thing to do and right now the right thing to do is to stop this pipeline,” says protester, Laura Dailey.

Dailey is from South Dakota and she’s passionate about the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline. She says she doesn’t want history to repeat itself here.

“The same thing that is happening there is happening here: ground waters will be poisoned, the economy will eventually turn down,” Dailey says.

Sabal Trail pipe going into the ground, 30.3841030, -83.1753430

Sabal Trail pipe going into the ground,

Cindy Swirko, Gainesville.com, 14 January 2017, Saturday’s Sabal Trail rally draws a few hundred protesters,

The trail will be dug under the Suwannee River just west of Suwannee River State Park. Some marchers drove to the protest site where the pipeline crosses a dirt road while others came on trails through the park.

Also at the site, on both sides of the road, were command posts for law enforcement agencies—the Florida Highway on one side and the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office, EMS and other agencies on the other side.

That reporter is quite confused. Really, “the trail”? Spectra Energy of Houston, Texas’s Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline, 36 inches in diameter on a 100-foot right of way, drilling under Suwannee River State Park and the Suwannee River, is not a hiking trail. And there were at least fifteen Florida Highway Patrol vehicles at the Hamilton County drill site, in addition to those in Suwannee County, plus in Hamilton County there were Hamilton County Sheriff vehicles.

Panorama, Sabal Trail pipe going into ground, Hamilton County, 30.4113889, -83.1652778

Panorama, Sabal Trail pipe going into ground, Hamilton County,

Google Map

Follow this link for the google map, and it’s embedded below.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!

Troy Access and road work sign, CR 141 @ SW 74th St, Jasper, FL, 30.4208830, -83.1758460
Troy Access and road work sign, CR 141 @ SW 74th St, Jasper, FL, 30.4208830, -83.1758460

CR 141 Sabal Trail access with 3 Hamilton County Sheriff vehicles, 30.4163950, -83.1761000
CR 141 Sabal Trail access with 3 Hamilton County Sheriff vehicles, 30.4163950, -83.1761000

Suwannee River sign, entering Suwannee County, 30.3858834, -83.1766398
Suwannee River sign, entering Suwannee County, 30.3858834, -83.1766398

Suwannee River downstream, US 90 bridge, 30.3850867, -83.1761150
Suwannee River downstream, US 90 bridge, 30.3850867, -83.1761150

Upstream Suwannee River @ US 90 with Phil Hubbard, 30.3843354, -83.1755634
Upstream Suwannee River @ US 90 with Phil Hubbard, 30.3843354, -83.1755634

Stuck outside Suwannee River State Park, 30.3787760, -83.1659828
Stuck outside Suwannee River State Park, 30.3787760, -83.1659828

FWC, Laura Dailey, Dylan Hansen, SRSP closed gate, 30.3788114, -83.1657346
FWC, Laura Dailey, Dylan Hansen, SRSP closed gate, 30.3788114, -83.1657346

WTXL, Mike Roth, 30.3788298, -83.1658956
WTXL, Mike Roth, 30.3788298, -83.1658956

WCTV, Erika Fernandez, 30.3788609, -83.1657808
WCTV, Erika Fernandez, 30.3788609, -83.1657808

Patricia and people getting ready to move at SRSP 30.3788609, -83.1657808
Patricia and people getting ready to move at SRSP 30.3788609, -83.1657808

Cars coming out of SRSP, 30.3787859, -83.1658412
Cars coming out of SRSP, 30.3787859, -83.1658412

Heading for the Suwannee River paddle, 30.3786111, -83.1655556
Heading for the Suwannee River paddle, 30.3786111, -83.1655556

Park Ranger and state trooper cars at closed SRSP gate, 30.3783555, -83.1655342
Park Ranger and state trooper cars at closed SRSP gate, 30.3783555, -83.1655342

Suwannee County Sheriff cars at closed SRSP gate, 30.3783555, -83.1655342
Suwannee County Sheriff cars at closed SRSP gate, 30.3783555, -83.1655342

Movie: Suwannee River downstream, US 90 (37M), 30.3841030, -83.1753430
Movie: Suwannee River downstream, US 90 (37M), 30.3841030, -83.1753430

Power line, previous pipeline route, 30.3922995, -83.1969598
Power line, previous pipeline route, 30.3922995, -83.1969598

Withlacoochee River downstream, CR 141, 30.4100610, -83.1803720
Withlacoochee River downstream, CR 141, 30.4100610, -83.1803720

Movie: Withlacoochee River downstream, CR 141 (12M)
Movie: Withlacoochee River downstream, CR 141 (12M)

Masked misleading Road Work sign, CR 141, 30.4132972, -83.1761576
Masked misleading Road Work sign, CR 141, 30.4132972, -83.1761576

Movie: CR 141 Sabal Trail access with many LEO (36M)
Movie: CR 141 Sabal Trail access with many LEO (36M)

SW 74th St @ CR 141, 30.4349053, -83.1661516
SW 74th St @ CR 141, 30.4349053, -83.1661516

WWALS Southwings flight, 30.4131878, -83.1586515
WWALS Southwings flight, 30.4131878, -83.1586515

Suwannee Riverkeeper Air Force, 30.4131688, -83.1586719
Suwannee Riverkeeper Air Force, 30.4131688, -83.1586719

Heading downstream, Suwannee River, 30.4091667, -83.1563889
Heading downstream, Suwannee River, 30.4091667, -83.1563889

FWS and water protectors at Sabal Trail crossing, Suwannee River, 30.4087793, -83.1554114
FWS and water protectors at Sabal Trail crossing, Suwannee River, 30.4087793, -83.1554114

Suwannee County (left) bank, Suwannee River, Sabal Trail crossing, 30.4068650, -83.1559890
Suwannee County (left) bank, Suwannee River, Sabal Trail crossing, 30.4068650, -83.1559890

Water protectors downstream, Suwannee River, Sabal Trail crossing, 30.4067260, -83.1565080
Water protectors downstream, Suwannee River, Sabal Trail crossing, 30.4067260, -83.1565080

Tree knocked down by Sabal Trail, Hamilton County (right) bank, Suwannee River, 30.4073100, -83.1565580
Tree knocked down by Sabal Trail, Hamilton County (right) bank, Suwannee River, 30.4073100, -83.1565580

Movie: Suwannee River at Sabal Trail crossing (13M), 30.4075790, -83.1559250
Movie: Suwannee River at Sabal Trail crossing (13M), 30.4075790, -83.1559250

Movie: Lynne Buchanan, SRSP Hamilton County (7.2M), 30.4107970, -83.1630260
Movie: Lynne Buchanan, SRSP Hamilton County (7.2M), 30.4107970, -83.1630260

Sabal Trail pipe going into the ground, 30.3841030, -83.1753430
Sabal Trail pipe going into the ground, 30.3841030, -83.1753430

Panorama, Sabal Trail pipe going into ground, Hamilton County, 30.4113889, -83.1652778
Panorama, Sabal Trail pipe going into ground, Hamilton County, 30.4113889, -83.1652778

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