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.
On the ballot in Florida right now, is
Constitutional Amendment 9, which
bans offshore oil and gas drilling.
Do you like Florida beaches, wildlife, clean water, and people?
Please vote for this ban on offshore drilling.
Somehow banning vaping in enclosed indoor workplaces got tacked onto the
same amendment, but that would also be a good thing.
Pipelines and rivers run through and by farms,
and many farmers have solar panels, so it’s interesting
to see what Farm Bureau has for energy policies.
Farm Bureau is for
fixing FERC by revising the laws that let
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reimburse Congress from
fees and charges on the companies it supposedly regulates.
Many of Farm Bureau’s pipeline policies are
good and sound like it listened to Randy Dowdy.
It gets hardcore about eminent domain.
There are even a couple of items
that, if law, would have been very useful in the recent and upcoming
Sabal Trail eminent domain jury trials.
Dunnellon, Florida, July 27, 2017 — Following up member
reports of a very strong smell of natural gas on Florida 200 next to
the site of Sabal Trail’s planned Dunnellon Compressor Station,
which apparently was leaking, Suwannee Riverkeeper John S.
Quarterman and several WWALS members took pictures of the site and
related locations from the ground and from the air. Today Suwannee
Riverkeeper sent nineteen questions to the agencies that permitted
the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline, all of whom assured us that
pipeline would be safe, even though it appears it developed a leak
less than a week after saying it had gone into service. These
questions range from what did Sabal Trail report to the agencies to
who asked for the smell to be put into the gas to what were the
local counties and cities or the public told?
Congratulations to Madison BOCC for this
ordinance Madison passed unanimously last night (PDF):
ORDINANCE NO. 2016-______
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MADISON COUNTY,
FLORIDA, AMENDING THE MADISON COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TO
PROHIBIT HIGH INTENSITY PETROLEUM OPERATIONS AND THE STORAGE AND/OR
DISPOSAL OF HIGH INTENSITY PETROLEUM OPERATIONS WASTE; PROVIDING
CERTAIN FINDINGS; AMENDING THE DEFINITIONS SECTION OF THE MADISON
COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS WITH REGARD
THERETO; CREATING SECTION 6.5 OF THE MADISON COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT
CODE ENTITLED “REGULATIONS GOVERNING HIGH INTENSITY PETROLEUM
OPERATIONS AND HIGH INTENSITY PETROLEUM OPERATIONS WASTE
PRODUCTS”; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES;
PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
ATLANTA — Georgia may be friendly to its own electric utility
and natural gas companies, but the state Legislature sent a strong
message last week to outside corporations that their pipelines are
not welcome here.
The extent of the greedy grasp of the fossil fuel industry for
more last-gasp profits before solar and wind power take over is usually hidden because the projects get approved individually, often by different agencies.
Here’s at least a partial list of such projects (and nukes) that Waterkeeper®
Members or Affiliates oppose in Florida.
A fuel pipeline across the Satilla River is a danger to our county.
Imagine a broken pipe spilling fuel into the Satilla for just one day.
Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline would transport 167,000 barrels per
day of refined petroleum products to Jacksonville, Fla. It will likely
cross the Satilla about a mile downstream of Burnt Fort.
The river is tidal there.
Any spill will quickly head both directions, spreading fuel into swamps
and marshes, killing fish and trees, and reach the beaches of
Cumberland and Jekyll.