A Sumter County paper adds some local details of the possible ill effects of the Sabal Trail pipeline on the Green Swamp and other waterways, drawing its main story about the WWALS petition to FL-DEP from the Gainesville Sun article. And see further developments.
Scott Callahan and Christopher Curry Halifax Media Group, Daily Commercial, 2 September 2015, Proposed natural gas pipeline draws petition,
In Lake County, the pipeline will cross wetlands and possibly impact the Green Swamp and flows of the Little and Big Creeks, according to the Lake County Water Authority.
“The flows from these two creeks are vital for maintaining water levels within the regulation range in the Clermont Chain of Lakes,” Water Authority documents state….
Project maps have the 24- to 36-inch pipeline — that will eventually carry up to 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day — cutting straight across Sumter County and the southwest corner of Lake County.
In Sumter County, the pipeline will mainly use an existing Duke Energy power line right-of-way, where it would parallel and cross Interstate 75, State Road 44, and the Florida Turnpike toward the Lake County line southeast of Center Hill, according to Sabal Trail Transmission’s website.
The pipeline would then follow the county line to the west of Mascotte and south past Highway 50, before turning south/southeast to Bay Lake. It would then turn east to cross Highway 33, approximately 1 mile north of the Highway 33/474 intersection, according to Water Authority documents. The pipeline then would cross Highway 474 and follow it for a short distance before turning south to the Polk County line west of the Four Corners area.
Sabal Trail’s maps of where it wants to drill under the Withlacoochee (south) River between the Green Swamp and the Gulf.
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