Environmental Group is Not Surprised by Judge's Decision

Posted at 4:48 PM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 18:13:45-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A judge rules in favor the a pipeline that would extend across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

The environmental group, WWAL Watershed Coalition, challenged the Sabal trail pipeline project, claiming that the Department of Environmental Protection did not do due diligence in researching the environmental impact. In a 23 page ruling, a judge ruled against the group, recommending that the DEP move forward with granting permits for the project.

John Qaurterman, president of the WWALS, says the natural gas pipeline could violate citizen's property rights, "we see no reason to risk local citizens' property, or taxes, or their drinking water, or any part of the ecology for a profit for a company from some other state."

The pipeline is being funded through spectra energy corporation and next era energy incorporated. The watershed coalition plans to appeal the judge's decision. Attorneys for the environmental group are currently arguing a motion to vacate the judge's order.

According to the Sabal Trail Pipeline's website, the project could create over 500 permanent jobs and $22-million dollars in annual wages.