Communities from Georgia and Florida gathered in Gainesville, Florida to discuss their opposition to the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline and to strategize its termination.
Some topics of their meeting at the Grassroots Summit to Stop Sabal Trail included landowners’ rights, natural gas storage facilities and rail projects in Florida, hazards associated with fracking, and the potential impacts the pipeline would have on the environment.
A big concern of the opposed is Florida’s water, claiming the pipeline would affect over 60 percent of Florida’s drinking water supply. Another concern involves climate impacts from fracked gas infrastructure.
Both federal regulators and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the pipeline and granted the necessary permits needed for the project.
The Sabal Trail pipeline is a joint venture project of Spectra Energy, NextEra Energy, and Duke Energy. It involves a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run approximately 515-miles from Alabama through south Georgia and Florida, providing transportation services for power generation needs to Florida Power and Light and Duke Energy of Florida beginning May 2017.