Hundreds protest construction of Sabal Trail Pipeline in Suwannee

Published: Jan. 14, 2017 at 5:54 PM EST
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By: Erika Fernandez

January 14, 2017

LIVE OAK, Fla. (WCTV) -- Hundreds of people gathered at the Suwannee River State Park on Saturday to protest the construction of the Sabal Trail Pipeline. That natural gas pipeline is being built along a 500 mile stretch from central Alabama, across southwest Georgia, and down into central Florida.

With every step and every chant, “Water Protectors” are determined to make a change.

"We have one chance to save this, there are no do overs when your aquifer collapses. There are no do overs when your water gets poisoned. There is only the right thing to do and right now the right thing to do is to stop this pipeline," says protester, Laura Dailey.

Dailey is from South Dakota and she’s passionate about the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline. She says she doesn't want history to repeat itself here.

"The same thing that is happening there is happening here: ground waters will be poisoned, the economy will eventually turn down," Dailey says.

But these protesters are trying to educate and make way for a better and cleaner future.

"This isn't safe, this isn't good for our future. Many generations are going to be effected by this, water is quickly going to be effected by this if we continue to do this," says protester, Susan Daggett.

These activists are doing it peacefully.

"We don't want this pipeline to go through our mother earth and pollute the waters."

Sabal Trail Transmission, the company building the pipeline, issued us a statement saying:

"Current natural gas pipe-line infrastructure in Florida is either fully or near fully utilized, and isn't adequate to meet increased demand for natural gas in central and south Florida… Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy will receive stable, reliable, and low-cost natural gas supply from Sabal Trail."