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Sierra Club Targets Gas Pipeline In Federal Suit

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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.

Lawyers for the Sierra Club as well as the Flint and Chattahoochee River Keepers are alleging the pipeline would unfairly disrupt an African-American neighborhood in Albany, Georgia.

The pipeline encourages fossil fuel consumption at a time when voters are demanding solar energy, says Sierra club Florida organizer Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson.

“And here we are faced with more fossil fuels coming into Florida when we should be making these companies responsible for sustainable energy found in one of the resources that is abundant.”

Sierra Club is planning protests against the pipeline in Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties early next month.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.