Encampment against Sabal Trail in Suwannee County, FL

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On October 17, 2016 at 08:00AM, jsq at WWALS Watershed Coalition published the following article:

According to

Gregory Payne
,
Sabal Trail only recently put up those No Trespassing signs on their easement,

Gregory Payne outside Sabal Trail No Trespassing zone

after Gregory moved in with a peaceful nonviolent encampment with permission from the landowner.
While trying to stop the pipeline,
the campers are making sure Sabal Trail does not block the landowner’s access.
This is not a WWALS event or activity, but it is happening in WWALS watersheds, so I went to report on it yesterday, Sunday October 16th 2016.

Gregory Payne says

he is with the

American Indian Movement Indian River, FL
.
However, so nobody has to join that group to participate,
he’s calling the encampment

Sacred Water Camp: Mass Demonstration
,
with an event scheduled for 7-10AM this morning, Monday October 17th 2016.

[1657-PL-DG-70197-275, STA. 14367+00 TO STA. 14420+00, 14 04+ 3 E I-10 F R OU, I-10 (EAST BOUND), I-10 (WEST BOUND), 14405+41 CL I-10 (EAST BOUND), 14404+44 CL I-10 (WEST BOUND), SUWANNEE COUNTY, FLORIDA]

1657-PL-DG-70197-275, STA. 14367+00 TO STA. 14420+00, 14 04+ 3 E I-10 F R OU, I-10 (EAST BOUND), I-10 (WEST BOUND), 14405+41 CL I-10 (EAST BOUND), 14404+44 CL I-10 (WEST BOUND), SUWANNEE COUNTY, FLORIDA

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It’s located at the

corner of 197th Place And 199th Place, Live Oak, FL, 30.3535843, -83.1567459
,
on Sabal Trail map 1657-PL-DG-70197-275,
within sight of I-10, south of where Sabal Trail drills under the Suwannee River and Falmouth Cathedral Cavern.

Gregory Payne says:

“remember….NO drugs weapons alcohol …..totally peaceful event…..”

This is what the event says it is about:


Camp with porta-potty on wheels

With help of all water warriors, have obtained land to hold a 24/7
occupied spirit camp. This will be a peaceful and spiritual
demonstration. Our sole purpose is to bring Sabal Trail Pipeline to
a complete stop. Our camp will be occupied by fellow activists 24/7.
The land around the camp is full of mass destruction, due to the
pipeline construction. We as water warriors, need to make our
presence known in a peaceful, yet direct way. Come out, bring your
tents, friends and family to join the spirituality. Thank you, we
hope to see you there.

IN THE SPIRIT OF UNITY AND SPIRITUALITY.

WE STAND WITH SACRED STONE!

The back of Gregory Payne’s t-shirt says:


We Stand with Standing Rock: back of t-shirt

We Stand with Standing Rock

As in the Standing Rock Sioux opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota.
Remember, Enbridge, one of the two pipeline companies behind DAPL,
is buying Spectra, the pipeline company behind Sabal Trail.

Disclaimer: I have not had time to look into AIM Indian River,
so I am reporting what Gregory Payne told me and what I saw.
Once again, this is not a WWALS encampment nor a WWALS event.
However, WWALS has long supported peaceful nonviolent opposition to the invading Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline, and that’s what I saw at this encampment.


jsq and Gregory Payne with Oklahoma white truck and Texas black truck

Here are some other events you can participate in.
Here are some other things you can do,
in a post about what I saw at the head of the black snake,
where Sabal Trail begins at Exelon’s Hillabee Power Plant near Alexander City, Alabama.
There we saw Price Gregory signs, just like in Suwannee County,
and No Trespassing signs just like those we saw
where Sabal Trail is drilling under the Withlacoochee River between Quitman and Valdosta, Georgia.
Just like in Alabama, in Florida trucks tailed me, this time
a white truck from Oklahoma and a black truck from Texas, seen in this picture
behind Gregory and me with Sabal Trail pipe.

Sabal Trail has started destruction in at least five places, plus Florida Southeast Connection is digging south of Orlando.
They have $3 billion, but we the many water protectors and groups
have people all over Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and beyond.

-jsq

You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!


50th St with black Texas truck tailing

50th St with black Texas truck tailing


199th Pl

199th Pl


Pipe on easement

Pipe on easement


Lots of pipe

Lots of pipe


Pipe in the weeds

Pipe in the weeds


Camp

Camp


Gregory Payne with AIM flag

Gregory Payne with AIM flag


Camp with porta-potty on wheels

Camp with porta-potty on wheels


A peaceful encampment

A peaceful encampment


New No Trespassing signs, but no endangered species signs

New No Trespassing signs, but no endangered species signs


Price Gregory No Access

Price Gregory No Access


Peaceful demonstrators like Gregory Payne have permission from the landowner

Peaceful demonstrators like Gregory Payne have permission from the landowner


Gregory Payne outside Sabal Trail No Trespassing zone

Gregory Payne outside Sabal Trail No Trespassing zone


The Oklahoma white truck and Texas black truck that tailed me to the encampment

The Oklahoma white truck and Texas black truck that tailed me to the encampment


jsq and Gregory Payne with Oklahoma white truck and Texas black truck

jsq and Gregory Payne with Oklahoma white truck and Texas black truck


We Stand with Standing Rock: back of t-shirt

We Stand with Standing Rock: back of t-shirt


Vehicles on I-10 behind Sabal Trail mound of dirt

Vehicles on I-10 behind Sabal Trail mound of dirt


No Sabal Trail! No fracking Florida! You can not drink gas or oil.

No Sabal Trail! No fracking Florida! You can not drink gas or oil.

Read this article at WWALS Watershed Coalition at http://www.wwals.net/2016/10/17/encampment-against-sabal-trail-in-suwannee-county-fl/.
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