Sabal Trail

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A little over a month after the Sabal Trail Pipeline went online, Central Florida residents are reporting foul-smelling leaks. Despite the sulfur-like scent, the structure is not emitting natural gas. But neighbors and naturalists are still concerned about the impacts.

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Residents near a stretch of the Sabal Trail Pipeline in Central Florida are reporting the sulfur-like smell of a gas leak. But the company behind the utility says the emissions are from an odorant leak, not from natural gas.

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The Sabal Trail Pipeline is up and running, pumping natural gas some 515 miles from Alabama to Central Florida. But environmental concerns and legal challenges remain.

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The Sabal Trail Pipeline is scheduled to start up this week, carrying natural gas from Alabama to Central Florida. Federal regulators approved the activation of the project earlier this summer. But environmentalists are worried about potential impacts to the state’s waterways.

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Some Florida environmental activists are hoping to channel public interest from one pipeline to another, by organizing a series of protests across the state. This year Native American leaders, activists and celebrities staged a months-long protest at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline, spurring the Obama Administration to ultimately halt the project. Some Florida environmentalists are taking inspiration from the Dakota Access protests in their own fight against the Sabal Trail Pipeline

Outgoing PSC Commissioner Lisa Edgar.
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Some Florida park lovers said they were surprised outgoing public service commissioner Lisa Edgar will replace Donald Forgione as the new state parks director. But Bob Ballard, former deputy secretary of land and recreation at the Department for Environmental Protection, said she’s a great choice.

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Two Tallahassee environmentalists recently headed west to join the protest against the Dakota Pipeline. Now that they've returned, they plan to use what they learned to oppose a similar project closer to home.

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After months of protests the federal government is rerouting the North Dakota Access Pipeline, the Sabal Trail gas pipeline is still undergoing construction. Florida clean energy advocates see the move as a way to generate awareness of another one: Sabal Trail. The group ReThink Energy Florida wants to warn people about the dangers of a pipeline.

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The president elect of the United States is known as a climate change denier and that has some environmental activists saying now is the time to organize.

The Sabal Trail drilling mud leak in the Withlacoochee River surrounded by a turbidity curtain.
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Drilling mud from the Sabal Trail pipeline is leaking into the Withlacoochee River in Georgia.  The spill in the Suwannee River tributary could impact the Floridan aquifer. 

The Sierra Club is asking a federal appeals court to block a proposed, 700-mile gas pipeline that would link Alabama and Georgia with Florida power plants. Jim Ash has more.