WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Hahira, GA, November 13th 2016 —
Apparently Sabal Trail continues to leak drilling mud into the Withlacoochee River,
three weeks after
it admitted to GA-EPD that its pilot hole under the river had leaked up into the riverbed.
WWALS members Deanna and Chris Mericle went to the US 84 bridge between Quitman and Valdosta, Georgia, and walked up the river to the site,
about 2000 feet upstream.
You can clearly see the water inside Sabal Trail’s turbidity curtains
is not the same color as the river water.
“I am so angry because this is what we said would happen and
we were assured the rivers wouldn’t be affected because they were
drilling under them. The head woman at FDEP said exactly that! We
told them it was likely because of our karst geology and we got
patronized and patted on the head. You can guarantee they will
downplay it and just drill another hole. I am pissed,”
said WWALS member Deanna Mericle, who drafted the WWALS petition for last year’s four-month legal case and three-day hearing in WWALS v Sabal Trail & FDEP. Continue reading →
Protesters of the Sabal Trail pipeline were arrested at the
Gilchrist County construction site Saturday, and opponents of the
gas transmission line said protests will continue.
The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office arrested
14 people, including
one who had locked himself to a tanker truck that was delivering
water needed for the construction, said Cara Jennings, a pipeline
The others who were arrested were on the roadside holding signs, she
Did Sabal Trail’s contractor have a permit to scrape off that topsoil
in this contractor yard in Brooks County, GA?
Are those bags of stuff the drilling mud
Sabal Trail is leaking up into the Withlacoochee River only a few miles from there?
Are those temporary buildings setting up for supplying Sabal Trail across all of Spread Three from Mitchell County, Georgia across the Suwannee River to Suwannee County, Florida?
Thanks to a WWALS ally for taking these pictures late Friday afternoon.
The evening gloom seems appropriate.