OSFR Sponsors Huge Dunnellon Demonstration

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Dozens of water protectors came to Dunnellon, Florida to help stop Sabal Trail.  The group met at the Walmart parking lot and interacted with the passers-by on a busy highway, and then marched to the small park by the City Hall on the river.  The crowd listened to several speakers and then, about 1:30 returned to the parking lot.

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OSFR President Pam Smith with OSFR member Rhonda Long to her right.

 

Several police observed but did not intervene, as the march plan was presented and discussed with city authorities beforehand, and there was no confrontation or hostilities.  The weather was brisk.

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the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was represented by Karen Chadwick with a briefcase full of permits to be sold for lots of cash, friendly for the moment with OSFR board member Mike Roth, and BIG OIL & GAS Kate Galagher of Melrose.

 

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Here the FERC squares off against Sierra warrior Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, who intimidates with a bull horn. Merrillee won in the end, in spite of all the FERC’s money.

 

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This FERC member’s heart is actually in the right place. Not sure if this is about feminism or Trump, or money or what?

People from all over the state, as well as Georgia came to speak against Sabal Trail and especially to let the citizens of Dunnellon know that the pipeline is here and that it presents a needless danger so that a few can make a profit.

 

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Tracy Marinello   Fla. Defenders of the Environment       Billie Jo Benedict, OSFR  These two are loyal workers who deserve our thanks and a medal.

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Pam Smith                                                                         Janet Barrow, personally went to D.C. to fight the FERC

OSFR sponsored this event and was present with a table set up and with many members in attendance.  Several other environmental groups were represented by various members present, including WWALS, Sierra Club, Florida Defenders of the Environment, Putnam County Environmental Council,and others.

dunmmjsierra In: OSFR Sponsors Huge Dunnellon Demonstration | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North FloridaMerrillee Malwitz-Jipson, of Sierra Club, but still an OSFR member.  Here the FERC still lurks in the background.

dunmmjspeak In: OSFR Sponsors Huge Dunnellon Demonstration | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North FloridaMerrillee is a very popular speaker, and is much in demand and can draw up an amazing amount of information when requested.

As the pipeline progresses south, camps are being set up in those areas.  Water is Life camp is now headquartered in Dunnellon, and a compressor station is slated for construction nearby.

dunquarterman In: OSFR Sponsors Huge Dunnellon Demonstration | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North FloridaHarriet Heywood, John Quarterman, and Maxine Conner, steady and relentless workers for the environment.

OSFR is to be commended for a very successful, educational and peaceful event with a huge turn-out, and we thank all those who took the time and effort to attend.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life:  once taken, it cannot be brought back-


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OSFR board members Cindy Noel and Mike Roth

 

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2 Comments

  1. What a delightful experience to be in the presence of so many committed water protectors. Thank you OSFR and Jim Tatum for your amazing work to save our Florida!

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