Sierra Club Campaign Organizer Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson has taken the Lake City pipe yard ball and run with it. Monday she got TV coverage at that illicit Sabal Trail storage yard for 36-inch fracked gas pipe, and today she’s called a press conference and protest there. Plus Sierra Club has filed two legal actions. Here’s how you can help.
Haley Wade, WCJB-TV, Gainesville, Florida, 15 August 2016, New pipeline has protestors,
There is something you can do: you can say no.
Here’s the WWALS press release of Tuesday more about the pipeline situation and what you can do. Among the things you can do:
- Demand a rehearing on the FERC certificate of convenience and necessity.
Sierra Club yesterday made a legal petition to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for FERC to hold the re-hearing Sierra Club requested back in March. Here’s PDF of FERC Accession Number 20160817-5432, “Motion of Sierra Club regarding the Southeast Market Pipelines Project under CP15-17.”
You can file an e-comment with FERC demanding they do that. Such comments may not help legally, but they will be visible to the public and the media, which will help build opposition to this pipeline boondoggle.
- Support legal actions by Sierra Club or anyone else against any USACE or FERC or state permit.
Also yesterday, Sierra Club and other parties filed a federal lawsuit to stop the pipeline, “against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its issuance of three Clean Water Act permits…” explicitly calling out the agency finger-pointing between USACE and FERC that risks our Withlacoochee and Suwannee Rivers and our drinking water in the Floridan Aquifer, as well as our property rights and Clyattville Elementary School.
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson as Sierra Club Florida Campaign Organizer has called a press conference and protest:
When: 1-2PM today, Thursday August 18th 2016
Where: at the illicit Sabal Trail pipe yard, AA Auto Parts, 4700 US 441, Lake City, FL 32055
Facebook: event, thanks to Suwannee-St Johns Group, Sierra Club Florida
If you can go and be seen there today, that will help get media coverage.
So you can file an e-comment or go to the Sierra Club press conference and protest.
Other things you can do:
Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Join the call for the U.S. Governmental Accountability Office to audit FERC.
Ask the Georgia and Florida legislatures and the U.S. Congress to revoke eminent domain for private companies.
Get Congress to reform the Natural Gas Act and the Pipeline Safety Act and change the charter of FERC to no new fossil fuel project; only renewable energy.
Perhaps most importantly, inform your friends and neighbors that Sabal Trail is not a hiking trail: it is a destructive, hazardous, and unnecessary profit center for companies from somewhere else at our expense.
You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!