Please accept assistance to choose wisely about phosphate mine –Suwannee Riverkeeper to Bradford BOCC 2017-08-16

Sent to Bradford BOCC this morning as PDF. You can send a letter, too, or come speak at the Commission meeting in Starke Thursday afternoon.

August 17, 2017

Danny Riddick, Chairman
Bradford County, Florida, Board of County Commissioners
P O Drawer B, Starke, Fl. 32091
(904) 966-6327
bocc@bradfordcountyfl.gov
Re: HPS II Phosphate Mine proposal

Dear Chairman Riddick, Commissioners, and Staff,

White Sulfur Springs, Then and Now Thank you for your warm welcome at your meeting of July 20, 2017. The videos I took of the entire meeting are on YouTube as promised: http://www.wwals.net/?p=35374

I look forward to seeing you all again this Thursday at your meeting of August 17, 2017.

In that meeting and in others, I urge you not to limit your review Continue reading

Sabal Trail today about the Dunnellon Compressor Station chronic problem: nyuk nyuk nyuk 2017-08-15

Sabal Trail today spelled out that they are not required to notify anybody about their chronic leaks of hazardous odorant chemicals, as if that explains everything.

Moe Howard of the Three Stooges
Moe Howard of the Three Stooges, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, around 1938, the year the Natural Gas Act was originally passed, giving the predecessor of FERC the ability to hire staff and also presumably to buy a rubberstamp.

Two years ago the judge in WWALS vs. Sabal Trail & FDEP insisted that we couldn’t even ask about pipeline safety, because the Pipeline Safety Act relegates safety concerns of interstate natural gas pipelines to the federal government, mostly to the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), or maybe to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) during permitting. Well, neither PHMSA nor FERC were even informed of this chronic stink leak incident, and neither of them did anything about it, nor did any other federal or state agency. Marion County was left to deal with it unassisted.

Even PHMSA says on their website that the Pipeline Safety Act: Continue reading

Phosphate mine protest and decision, Bradford County, FL 2017-08-17

A month ago (see WWALS videos) the Commissioners scheduled a decision on hiring a consultant for this Thursday, and others have scheduled a protest before it. See you there.

When: 6:30 PM, Thursday, August 17, 2017, BOCC Meeting
5:30 PM Phosphate Mine Protest

Where: Bradford County Courthouse
945 North Temple Avenue
Starke, Florida 32091

What: County Commissioners of Bradford County, Florida

Protest: facebook event for 5:30 PM Phosphate Mine Protest, hosted by Our Santa Fe River (OSFR)


Photo: Bubba73 (Jud McCranie), Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

The phosphate mine item on the agenda is: Continue reading

Trash, Withlacoochee River @ GA 122 2017-02-16

Thanks to Lowndes County Manager Joe Pritchard and Public Works Director Robin Cumbus for having these bags of trash picked up after WWALS Executive Direcgtor Gretchen Quarterman had a probationer collect them at Hagan Bridge over the Withlacoochee River on GA 122.

Bags of trash with reference dogs
Pictures by John S. Quarterman for WWALS 16 February 2017.

Lots of other bags of trash Continue reading

Old Coffee Road across Alapaha River

Many of you know Julian Fields, retired forester, very knowledgable about many things around south Georgia. In this video, he’s showing people where Old Coffee Road forded the Alapaha River. I haven’t been able to find a map of any age that shows that ford. However, given that Old Coffee Road in Berrien County goes as far as Rowetown Church Road, I’d guess either Rowetown Church Road is where Old Coffee Road crossed the river, at Rowetown Church Cemetery, or it was somewhat upstream. Does anybody know?

Julian Fields

Or I suppose I could just ask Julian. Here’s the video: Continue reading

WCJB TV: Dunnellon Compressor Station Gas Leak 2017-08-11

WWALS member Janet Barrow told WCJB TV of Gainesville, Florida,

To the Canadian-owned company that now owns Sabal Trail: rural lives matter. No eminent domain for corporate gain. And Houston, you have a problem.

Janet Barrow of Marion County

That would be Enbridge of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, which bought Spectra Energy of Houston, Texas, which is the builder and operator of the Sabal fracked methane Trail pipeline, now renamed Sabal Fail by locals.

Curtis Jennings, WCJB TV 20 News, 11 August 2017, Sabal Trail Pipeline in Dunnellon springs a leak, Continue reading