On Monday night, the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee passed a resolution officially opposing the Sabal Trail Pipeline. The 515 mile pipeline that would carry natural gas from Alabama through Georgia to North Florida has been a controversial economic issue in recent weeks.
Some of the objections over the pipeline include it’s eminent domain elements it would impose on landowners and it’s possible hazardous effects on the Florida Aquifer during a time where concern over the state’s drinking water is on the minds of many residents and state lawmakers.
Advocates in favor of the pipeline believe the natural gas resource will result in lower energy costs for Floridians.
Activists have been staging protests across the state in recent months, that were held in cooperation with protests against the DAPL pipelines in North Dakota.
“Therefore be it resolved that the membership of the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee oppose the construction and completion of the Sabal Trail Pipeline, on behalf of the safety and welfare of all it’s residents.” the resolution reads.
The measure passed in front of a full meeting that had to be moved to a larger venue in Downtown Orlando. Attendance at many Democratic meetings across the region has almost doubled since the election of President Donald Trump.
“It’s extremely important to Central Florida that we protect our resources.” said OCDEC Chairman Wes Hodge “The aquifer is where 60 percent of our drinking water comes from and with the Econ river and all of our other natural resources in Orange County, it’s something we have to make sure our citizens are aware of.”