GRN sues over Sabal Trail fracked-gas pipeline

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For over two years, GRN has been working with our partners to oppose the proposed Sabal trail fracked-gas pipeline. This 515 mile fracked-gas pipeline would cut through Alabama, Georgia and Florida – impacting almost 1,000 acres of wetlands, exposing nearby communities to pollution and the threat of explosions, and putting drinking water at risk for millions of residents.

Over the last few months, we’ve been pushing the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to deny the wetlands destruction permits for this destructive project, and over 25,000 people like you have joined us by signing petitions, writing letters and taking action against the pipeline. Thank you for everything you’ve done!  

Despite this chorus of public opposition to Sabal trail, we’re sad to report that the Corps issued permits for the project late last week.

But the fight isn’t over! This week, GRN, Flint Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in federal court over the Corps decision. We’re particularly concerned that the Corps failed to provide proper notice and opportunities for public engagement, and that the Corps failed to avoid, minimize and mitigate the environmental impacts of this destructive project.

We’re looking forward to our day in court, and will keep you updated as the lawsuit progresses. And we’ll continue to work with our partners, impacted community members and concerned citizens around the region to oppose this destructive project.

To quote GRN’s Coastal Organizer Johanna from our press release: “Communities across Florida and Georgia have clearly stated that they do not want this dangerous fracked-gas pipeline polluting their water or their neighborhoods…Our water and communities are too important to risk for an unnecessary pipeline.”

Raleigh Hoke is GRN’s Campaign Director.