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.
A pair of ranchers report an epidemic of stillborn calves, four dead mother cows, equipment damaged by too-steep grades, invasive weeds planted as a “cover Crop” by Sabal Trail and now spreading through seeds in cow manure,
hay unusable, and:
At this point we are requesting help to repair the land that was
never restored. The grade and the grasses require a farmer to repair
not a Sable trails employee can repair
We have waited until now for you to not answer or get back with us
and still our ranch issues are growing while you look into your
Jim Tatum of OSFR for spotting this op-ed in the
Lake City Reporter yesterday
by WWALS member and Practicing Geologist Dennis J. Price of Hamilton County, Florida about
Nutrien (PCS) mining phosphate and water in Hamilton County and
likely planning to expand to Columbia County.
Much has been written in the last year about Sam Oosterhoudt’s
mitigation bank. I was involved in permitting the bank through the Army
Corps (ACOE) and The Florida Department of Environmental Regulation. It
took about 5 years to get all the permits. Now, 9 years after work began
on the project, the phosphate company (then PCS now Nutrien) petitioned
the state to shut down the mitigation bank.
I do not know for sure, but, Nutrien may tell you that during the
recent sale of PCS and the review of mineral interests owned, they
discovered that the mitigation bank had snuck in there and set up shop
over their minerals. This probably has some truth to it but I think
there is a much more involved reason.
In Hamilton County, Nurtrien/PCS is planning to run out of phosphate
to mine in about 10 years, give or take a few years either way. I do not
believe they are planning on shutting the doors and leaving. Occidental
Chemical Company started mining in Hamilton County Continue reading →
Dowdy doesn’t trust Sabal Trail or anybody it sends to investigate
that soil mixing.
He’s hardly the first to say Sabal Trail’s inspectors don’t;
see for example
Moultrie Scoping Meeting 2015-09-29 where James Bell said pipeline
inspectors stood around until they noticed him watching,
Sandra Jones said the surveyors were not qualified, and Attorney Daniel
Dunn said Sabal Trail operates under darkness of misinformation.
Dowdy may be late to the opposition, but he is determined.
Yesterday Sabal Trail filed with FERC a sketchy plan to investigate
the subsoil and topsoil mixing it caused on four farmers’ lands in
two Georgia counties.
The tail wagging the dog, Sabal Trail demanded FERC rubberstamp this plan within one week.
Google, of Sabal Trail pipeline through Randy Dowdy’s soybean fields, next to Little Creek, which runs into Okapilco Creek, into the Withlacoochee River, into the Suwannee, to the Gulf.
That letter refers to an
inspection report of November 14, 2017,
also filed by FERC today,
that documents that
“topsoil and subsoil mixing has occurred in agricultural areas during
construction of Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC’s (Sabal Trail) Sabal
Trail Pipeline Project.”
Hahira, GA, February 5, 2018 —
Suwannee Riverkeeper objects to Sabal Trail’s last-minute
Request to make an end run around an impending mandate from
the D.C. Circuit Court that could shut that pipeline down.
Granting the Applicants’ Request for reissued or emergency certificates
would amount to the same kind of “multi-billion dollar bailout”
that FERC recently rejected for the failing coal and nuclear industries,
this time targeted at the natural gas industry.
The Applicants for that Request claim need for the pipeline,
yet they cite themselves for evidence, in a massive conflict of interest,
with internal contradictions, and replete with conflicts with other sources
deriving from some of those same Applicants.
If, as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently said in Warsaw, Poland,
the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built by Russian gas giant Gazprom PJSC
is “undermining Europe’s overall energy stability and security,”
and Europe should seek to diversify energy supplies,
the same applies to the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline Canadian gas giant Enbridge
is now seven months late building through the U.S. Southeast.
The Sunshine State already gets 60% of its electricity from existing
pipelines, and it should get on with solar power.