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.
To: Director James Urisko <James.Urisko@dot.gov>, 404-832-1150
Southern Region Office
PHMSA Office of Pipeline Safety
233 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30303
Cc: Community Liaisons:
James Kelly <James.Kelly@dot.gov>, 404-990-1848
Arthur Buff <Arthur.Buff@dot.gov>, 404-226-6153
Sabal Trail Hildreth Compressor Station Leak 2018-09-29
Dear Director Urisko,
For more than 20 hours starting Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Sabal Trail interstate natural gas pipeline leaked “26.40516 MMscf” of “Non-odorized natural gas“ and “10,405.5 lbs” of “VOC” (presumably Volatile Organic Compounds) at its Hildreth Compressor Station in Suwannee County, Florida. A week later Sabal Trail filed a report with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the text of which is appended to this letter.
I have several questions:
Why did Sabal Trail take more than a week to report this incident to FDEP?
Did Sabal Trail report this incident to PHMSA? If so, please send a copy of that report, or how to get it.
Has PHMSA filed a report about this incident? If so, please send a copy or how to get it.
Is PHMSA investigating this incident? If so, when will the investigation be complete? Are there any interim results or opportunities for public comment into the process?
Since Sabal Trail wrote “nothing in the yard caused alarms” and “Site is unmanned,” how did Sabal Trail discover this leak?
A 12-member jury in Gainesville awarded Levy County residents Lee
Thomas and his son, Ryan, more than $1.3 million for land that Sabal
Trail built its pipeline on.
Sabal Trail Transmission was back in federal court in Friday to
defend its controversial $3 billion project and the offers it made
to a pair of landowners for uprooting and burying a natural gas
pipeline on their property.
GA-EPD Richard E. Dunn did answer on November 2, 2018, saying they would look into telling everyone when anyone spills.
We will keep collecting
and delivering them until
we see daily spill updates on the GA-EPD website.
Some national news about the proposed phosphate mine in Union and Bradford Counties.
If the phosphate would not be processed in Union or Bradford Counties,
as Jack Hazen says,
the closest place with processing capability is the Nutrien (PCS) phosphate mine in Hamilton County, on the Suwannee River.
Here are the
winners of the
WWALS Boomerang paddle race,
from Georgia at State Line Boat Ramp in Lowndes County past Brooks County,
into Madison and Hamilton County, Florida and back again.
Everybody had fun and wants to do it again next year.
We’re thinking of billing it also as a Georgia-Florida contest.
Lots more pictures and videos are being posted.
WWALS Boomerang Winners, by Jay Blanton of Georgia Photography Fanatic
Thanks to everybody who paddled and who helped, especially to our sponsors and vendors: Continue reading →
Two Georgia state constitutional amendments are relevant to clean water,
of those on the ballot tomorrow in the November 6, 2018, General Election.
And in Florida, vote Yes on Florida Amendment 9,
to ban offshore oil and gas drilling.
In Georgia I recommend:
Yes on 1, the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment
No on 2, appointing instead of electing some judges
The Georgia Public Service Commission is investigating the explosion, which may be a good thing,
this is what the federal Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) knows about that AGL pipeline in Clinch County: