As the fight to stop the #DakotaAccesspipelinebecomes a distant memory for many, similar fights are still taking place throughout much of the #UnitedStates, albeit with far less press coverage by mainstream and alternative media alike.
The #SabalTrailpipeline, set to span much of #Florida, #Georgia andAlabama, is the subject of one such struggle. Part of a joint venture owned by a consortium of energy companies, including Houston-based Spectra Energy, #NorthCarolina’s #DukeEnergy and #NextEraEnergy – the parent company of Floridian electricity monopoly Florida Power & Light – the $3.2 billion taxpayer-funded pipeline would carry fracked natural gas over a distance of 516 miles in order to bring “affordable, clean natural gas supplies to Florida.” But behind the familiar pro-pipeline platitudes promising “affordable” energy and “economic stimulus” is another unpopular pipeline project using eminent domain to drown out local opposition in favor of major energy corporations. Properties owned by hundreds of locals have been condemned via the use of Florida’s eminent domain law and those who have tried to fight back have repeatedly lost to the pipeline in the state court system.
The pipeline has inspired robust local protests and acts of defiance. Pipeline opposition activists have held protests, blocked roads, chained themselves to construction equipment and even lodged themselves within the pipeline itself. One man was shot and killed by Florida police after he fired a rifle at the pipeline.
While the #SabalTrail partnership expected to complete the pipeline months ago, frequent acts of resistance have caused construction delays since last October. However, the struggle to kill the pipeline has fallen on deaf ears at the national level, largely failing to capture the same attention that the #DakotaAccess pipeline fight so readily attracted.
FLORIDA: Like #DAPL, the #SabalTrail pipeline is a danger to drinking-water for millions: https://t.co/pZw61X0c6R. #EarthDay #ScienceMarch pic.twitter.com/bpph1XNZJI — RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnnDeMoro) April 22, 2017 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾