“This pipeline is going to go into the Green Swamp and it will affect Tampa Bay’s drinking water if there ever is an accident or an explosion.”
“And that’s water and pockets and fragile limestone under the ground, the same limestone that also fractures and forms sinkholes when somebody draws too much water out of it or pokes a hole in it. So, does it make sense to have a 100-foot wide gash with heavy equipment right through the wetlands that serve as recharge zones for this aquifer? And does it make sense to have a yard-wide pipeline put underneath our river deep into the same limestone into which some of our rivers already leak?
“The Gulfstream pipeline is completely used every single day. The volumes that that pipeline can deliver are completely being used all the time. The Florida gas transmission system, from what I understand, is near that capacity as well. So, a third pipeline was needed in order to deliver gas into the Southeast for some of these power generation facilities.”
“But they said that their ten-year projection, they’re going to need x-amount of gas. Well, what this particular pipeline would supply, in their own words is three times that amount. And the other pipelines are not fully utilized. So, the answer is, they don’t need this pipeline for Florida.”
“The people of the state of Florida and, in particular, FP&L customers, they are paying 100% for this pipeline. So, they’re footing the bill over the years to the tune of $3.5 billion and I guaran-friggin-tee you it’ll be more.”
“And what if one of these pipelines leaked or explodes as have happened in Florida? For example, in 2009, between I-95 and the Florida Turnpike. One blew up, a much smaller one, and threw a piece of pipe all the way across the Florida Turnpike.”
“There are valves that are up and down the pipeline as well as what we call gas control that is, remotely, that is continuously checking for pressures and stuff like that and in the event that there’s any small deviation that may or may not indicate an issue, we would see those things and then remotely be able to shut off that section of the pipeline and go out and check it to ensure the integrity of that piece of pipe.”
“In addition, we have local folks that work up and down the pipeline and are continuously inspecting and maintaining that pipeline. They’re working at the stations, they’re driving up and down the pipeline route, they’re looking for things that we need to maintain the upkeep of.”
“It’s something that we would expect from an agency such as the EPA on a project that is this size and of a natural gas pipeline and typical of what we’ve seen on other projects.”
“I’ve never heard of a set of solar panels catching fire and burning or blowing up and throwing a pipe across a highway or in any other way endangering people.”
|Hands Across the Sand--Gandy Bridge, Tampa/St. Pete, FL. 5/2013. Photo by Anita Stewart.|
March Against Monsanto Tampa. Bayshore Blvd, near downtown Tampa, FL. 10/2013. Photo by Anita Stewart.
|Dona Knapp, Bobbie C. Billie and Shannon Larsen on March 11, 2014, Naples FL. Photo by Anita Stewart.|