Contracts for natural gas pipeline through Florida get initial OK, connects into Martin County

(Source: FP&L)

From the Ocala Star Banner: Florida Power & Light selected Sabal Trail Transmission to construct a pipeline that will wind from southwest Alabama through Georgia to a Central Florida hub, from which point another company, Florida Southeast Connection, will build a pipeline that runs into Martin County. The pipeline system should be operational by May 2017, FPL spokeswoman Sarah Gatewood said.

David Hanna, president of the Ichetucknee River Estates Homeowners Association, said residents are worried about the impact the pipeline could have on the area’s rivers and springs. He is concerned it could impact the state’s groundwater resources as well.

“This is a monster of a pipeline,” he said. “If this thing was to somehow rupture, leak, explode, you could possibly be putting the water source for this whole state in jeopardy.”

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