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Sabal Trail Pipeline Will Be an Environmental and Economic Disaster, Critics Warn

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Florida’s vanishing springs

A century ago Florida’s gin-clear springs drew presidents and millionaires and tourists galore who sought to cure their ailments by bathing in the healing cascades. Now the springs tell the story of a hidden sickness, one that lies deep within the earth:
• The water in many springs no longer boils up like a fountain, the […]

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List of worst toxic waste sites in U.S. released; 11 in South Florida

WSVN) – Would you know if you lived near a hazardous waste site? A new list shows how many are scattered across the country, including right here in South Florida… According to Time Magazine, there are 1,317 locations in the U.S., called “Superfund” sites by the Environmental Protection Agency, where toxic chemicals were dumped. Over decades, […]

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What would happen to Florida if the EPA really did go away?

For years the Environmental Protection Agency has been depicted as a jackbooted thug, a humorless generator of red tape, even the nefarious villain in such films as The Simpsons Movie and the original Ghostbusters… Now the agency started by a Republican president, Richard Nixon, faces an uncertain future. The new president who once pledged to […]

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Canadian Documentary Filmmaker Goes Missing While Diving Off Florida Keys

A canadian documentary filmmaker and experienced diver whose credits include “Sharkwater,” an examination of the global shark-hunting trade that won multiple awards at the 2006 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, has gone missing while diving off the Florida Keys… Rob Stewart, 37, of Toronto, was reported missing at around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the […]

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Health Officials Confirm Wastewater Contamination In Suwannee, Withlacoochee Rivers

LIVE OAK — A health advisory already in effect for the Withlacoochee River was extended Thursday to include the Suwannee River… The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton, Madison and Suwannee issued the joint health advisory Thursday that the river waters are not safe for contact during recreational use. Test results from water samples taken in […]

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SJRWMD’s failure to protect Silver Springs and the Silver River

Evidence indicates that the St. Johns River Water Management District has failed to establish Minimum Flows and Levels for Silver Springs and the Silver River for 16 years since it was added on the SJRWMD priority list, and 45 years since the state first mandated that MFLs be established for priority water bodies in 1972… And, […]

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Scott Administration Helped Keep Scathing EPA Pipeline Report Out Of Legal Challenge

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s top environmental agency helped block a scathing federal report outlining environmental concerns from being submitted as part of a challenge to a controversial natural gas pipeline that would run across some of Florida’s most “environmentally sensitive areas”… The Sabal Trail pipeline, a joint venture of Spectra Energy, Duke Energy and […]

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President signs funding for Everglades Restoration

President Obama has signed off on a bill authorizing $2 billion in spending to help Everglades restoration efforts… The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act of 2016 provides half of the necessary funding needed for the Central Everglades Planning Project; the other half would come from the State of Florida.
http://cbs12.com/news/local/president-signs-funding-for-everglades-restoration

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Earth Advocate Susan Cerulean Speaks Out On Climate Change In “Coming to Pass”

Susan Cerulean of Tallahassee is a writer, naturalist and “earth advocate” who spends much of her time observing, recording, and sharing Florida’s natural beauty and its changes at the hands of time and humans. She has been called one of the finest nature writers in America. Her Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a […]

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Thousands Demand Florida Stop Sabal Pipeline as Native American Leader Speaks Out

“This pipeline will span more than 500 miles across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida,” Canova wrote online two days ago. “It will run right by the Crystal River, a crucial sanctuary for endangered manatees, and the Suwannee River, also home to several endangered species. Not only that, but the pipeline’s construction could also damage the fragile […]

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Sabal Trail “Protectors”

LIVE OAK, Fla. — Activists meet up earlier today at the Sabal Trail pipeline despite arrests earlier this month… “Mother Earth is calling for us, we got to protect her,” said Tracy Penokie, Sabal Trail “Protector”… Twenty activists who have been challening the Sabal Trail pipeline came out to various pipeline drilling sites to say […]

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St. Pete Will Be The First City In Florida To Use 100 Percent Renewable Energy

St. Petersburg will become the first city in Florida to rid themselves of using fossil fuels.
The city council unanimously voted to use $800,000 of $1 million they received from a settlement with BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 to move toward having the city completely running with renewable energy.
http://m.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2016/11/23/st-pete-will-be-the-first-city-in-florida-to-use-100-percent-renewable-energy

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This Is Not A Drill, Help Stop The Sabal Trail Pipeline

Direct Action to stop the Sabal Trail pipeline has begun and needs your help

Call to Action: Join us at Sunrise on Saturday, Nov 26, for direct action. Park at Guy Lemmons boat ramp, northwest of the 129 bridge over the Santa Fe River, near Branford. Bring a canoe or kayak.

 

Over the first week of November, […]

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The Suwannee River Is In Danger

A leak in the shaft for a natural gas pipeline beneath a Georgia river has reinforced environmental worries at Florida’s Suwannee River and other waterways in the pipeline’s path… The leak into the Withlacoochee River near Valdosta, Ga. underscored earlier concerns about twin hazards from the Sabal Trail pipeline: that pipeline shafts could leak contaminants […]

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14 Arrested In Florida Pipeline Protest

TALLAHASSEE — Fourteen people were arrested Saturday while protesting at the construction site of the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline being built through Florida, according to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office… The Sabal Trail pipeline, a joint venture of Spectra Energy, Duke Energy and the parent company of Florida Power & Light Co., will extend […]

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Hurricane Matthew Destroys Southern Coastlines

Beaches in the Southeastern U.S. took a tremendous beating last month from Hurricane Matthew. The U.S. Geological Survey has found that the storm washed over and damaged 15 percent of sand dunes on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, 30 percent along Georgia’s coastline and 42 percent of the dunes on South Carolina beaches… In Florida, few coastal […]

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This Florida Amendment Claims To Be Pro-Solar, But Energy Advocates Are Skeptical

Solar power advocates in Florida are in an uproar over a ballot amendment they say is masquerading as pro-solar… The measure, known as Amendment 1, sounds good on paper. It “establishes a right under Florida’s constitution for consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use,” […]

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John Moran: Will this be Florida’s watershed moment?

We Floridians are a curious lot. We tend to change our behavior only in times of crisis, and we tend to elect politicians whose brains are wired to perceive a chance encounter with a mosquito carrying the Zika virus as a greater threat than the colossal disruption posed by the collapse of our waters.We are […]

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Florida considering weakening restrictions on discharging chemicals in water

The state of Florida wants to weaken its restrictions on roughly two dozen cancer-causing chemicals that can be discharged into its rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters.
via Florida considering weakening restrictions on discharging chemicals in water.

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