Update 2016-11-11: Sabal Trail leaked drilling mud up into the Withlacoochee River.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hahira, GA, November 9th 2016 — Sabal Trail appears to have contradicted itself in its recent responses to WWALS, perhaps admitting it may be dumping drilling mud into the Withlacoochee River, which would explain the picture below of a black pipe coming from Sabal Trail’s Brooks County HDD site into the river. WWALS had to wait two weeks just to get those non-answers, so WWALS now asks for a written response by email tomorrow. In addition, at least two Sabal Trail yards (a contractor yard in Moultrie, GA and a pipe yard near Lake City, FL) appear never to have been approved by FERC.
About 2000 feet upstream (north) of the US 84 bridge. Many more pictures here.
“FERC granted permission in less than a week for two variances Sabal Trail asked for along with that Moultrie contractor yard, so let’s see if FERC can answer a request from a watershed organization as quickly,” said John S. Quarterman, president of WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. “WWALS also asked FERC to stop Sabal Trail’s construction at the Withlacoochee River until these questions are resolved; otherwise, according to Sabal Trail’s schedule it could be finished at the river before it or FERC sends back any responses,” added Quarterman.
Further details are in the attached PDF that WWALS filed with FERC today, as Accession Number: 20161109-5153, “Sabal Trail drilling mud into Withlacoochee River and two unauthorized yards: Supplemental Information of WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. under CP15-17.”
About WWALS Watershed Coalition:
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc., (WWALS) is the WATERKEEPER® Alliance Affiliate for the upper Suwannee River.
WWALS advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Upper Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
John S. Quarterman, President
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.,
PO Box 88, Hahira, GA 31632
Moultrie, GA contractor yard CY3-6:
Aerial photograph taken October 22nd 2016.
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