Gov. Scott’s Stake In Pipeline Discussed In Lake City Reporter, OSFR President Voices Opposition To Project

Merrille Malwitz-Jipson President of OSFR
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

Today’s Lake City Reporter has an article by Megan Reeves outlining Governor Scott’s financial interest in the controversial pipeline proposed by Spectra Energy Corporation.    The article reports that the online paper BrowardBulldog.org has disclosed that Scott appointed the officials in Florida who approved permits for the project,  while Scott had money invested in the company.

The pipeline project has encountered strong opposition all along the proposed route, with one of the main reasons being the gas-filled pipe would be laid through an area of fragile limestone karst which is home to the large area of springs feeding the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe Rivers.

OSFR President Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson says her organization is very much opposed to the pipeline’s existence in Florida:

 “We are still in opposition to putting a pipeline in the springs heartland that is Florida.  This is the most prolific area of springs in the entire state, and I will not support putting a gas-filled pipeline in its corridor.”

Several other agencies are also opposed, among them GreenLaw, a non-profit Georgia law firm located in Atlanta, and the Environmental Protection Agency, which has many questions regarding this project.

 Our thanks to Lake City Reporter Editor Robert Bridges for permission to use President Malwitz-Jipson’s quotes.

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