WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
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.