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March 20, 2014

Homeowners Association: Relocate Sabal Trail gas line

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The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners consensually agreed at their regular meeting Tuesday night to send a letter to the governor and associated regulatory authorities, asking them to relocate a proposed natural gas transmission line that is projected to run through Suwannee County. The proposed gas line is being constructed by Sabal Trail Transmission LLC.

David Hanna, president of the Ichetucknee River Estates Homeowners Association, addressed the board and asked for their assistance in persuading the company to locate their gas line elsewhere. 

In a letter to County Administrator Randy Harris dated Feb. 26, Hanna expressed his concerns regarding the possibility of contamination in an aquifer recharge area.

“The primary proposed route is within the recharge area of the Ichetucknee River,” Hanna said. “Residents of Suwannee County should be concerned that Sabal Trail is considering a route for a 36 inch natural gas transmission line which runs less than one mile from the river.”

Hanna said with the line running so close to the river, Suwannee County faces the possibility of contamination and subsequent loss of ecotourism in the area.

Another concern Hanna expressed is the destruction of future land and resources in Suwannee County to benefit other areas.

“Allowing this pipeline will set the precedence (in Suwannee County) for future pipeline projects,” he said. “Sabal Trail maintains they plan to sell gas to ‘other places’ but when pressed (they) refuse to identify these places.”

Local residential wells could be at risk of contamination, according to Hanna.

“The proposed pipeline could contaminate wells and disrupt underground water flow to existing wells. Sabal Trail plans to bore underneath the Santa Fe River less than one mile from the Ichetucknee River/Santa Fe confluence. This crossing along the Santa Fe River has a spring tied to the Ichetucknee River spring system,” he said.

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