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Sabal Trail pipeline sparks protests

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Alongside months of protest against the Dakota Access pipeline, protests against the Sabal Trail pipeline project in Florida are also continuing. Several protestors recently gathered outside the Dunnellon residence of Kathy Lane, a newly established activist affected by the Sabal Trail project.

Protesters are concerned that the project will damage private property, harm Florida’s springs, pollute water and introduce a risk of leaks and explosions. After sharing her concerns on Facebook, protestors travelled from over Florida to show their support for Kathy Lane.

Lane has also been in contact with activists who are currently speaking out against the Dakota Access pipeline.

This week, the federal government agreed to reroute the Dakota Access oil line. However, according to WSFA, the Sabal Trail pipeline is considered much safer.

Lee County Commissioner, Robert Ham, has suggested that those who concerned about safety issues should research the Sabal Trail pipeline thoroughly.

"These gas lines are deep, there's a lot of security and we feel good about it,” said Ham. He also added that the state will benefit from the pipeline through the taxes paid on the flow of gas.

Lane said: “I’m trying to fight back in the little way that I can. I know its minimal, but I’ve had support and I have tons of friend requests from people out in the Dakotas.

The pipeline, which is currently under construction in east Alabama, is over 500 miles long and will take natural gas through Georgia to Florida. More specifically, it will transport natural gas from the Transco pipeline to near Orlando in central Florida.

The pipeline will cost Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, approximately US$3.2 billion, which will be jointly owned by three energy companies.

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