Protesters demonstrate at pipeline construction site
Gilchrist Co., FL - Protesters lined a construction site in Gilchrist County where the Sabal Trail Pipeline is set to be built.
TV20s Spencer Allen shows us why the protesters were so angry at the construction site.
Up close and personal
Within inches of being struck
At the crack of dawn
A dozen protesters stood outside this Sabal Trail Pipeline construction site the northern part of Gilchrist County.
Protester Panagioti Tsolkas says, “We want to stop this pipeline from ever turning the gas on."
The Sabal Trail pipeline is a 3 billion dollar project that will carry gas for more than 500 miles through Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
The pipeline will pass through the Santa Fe River basin which has residents concerned.
Counties in our area that will be affected include Alachua, Marion, Suwanne, Levy, and Gilchrist.
Mike Roth says, “We feel like we're defending our interest - there are so many people in this area that have put all of their assets into their homesteads here, to destroy what we've all invested for the rest of our lives, that’s grossly unfair so we feel like we have to make a statement."
Andrea Grover the Sabal Trail media spokesperson issued the following statement about the protest:
"Sabal Trail respects the right of individuals to peacefully protest and express their positions in public areas. It is our obligation to safely and securely construct and operate our facilities, and we can neither tolerate nor allow trespassing."
Construction on the pipeline is expected to be completed by June next year. Reporting in Gilchrist County Spencer Allen TV20 news.
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