On Monday, the Brevard County Democratic Executive Committee announced they have unanimously passed a resolution opposing construction of the Sabal Trail pipeline, a five hundred and fifteen mile project that runs through Alabama, Georgia, down to Central Florida.
Six county DECs have now passed a resolution in opposition to the project, including Orange county. The resolution asks Brevard’s local government officials to join them in opposing the Sabal Trail Pipeline by enacting similar resolutions, and by refusing to do business with or take donations from those companies and individuals who finance and/or stand to profit from the pipeline.
“Florida’s Democrats will not be silent about projects like Sabal Trail pipeline that could impact our state’s precious water supply.” said Brevard DEC Chair Stacey Patel “As the brave protectors at Standing Rock taught us all, water is life. We support investing in alternative energy sources for the sunshine state to avoid perpetuating our sad legacy of dependence on fossil fuels. We believe taking a strong stand on environmental issues is critical for any candidate who aims to earn the support of voters in Brevard and across Florida.”
The Brevard Dems add that the proposed path of the Sabal Trail pipeline runs near schools and through residential and conservation areas, as well as through environmentally sensitive areas including the Aquifer, which provides drinking water to millions of Floridians.
Water quality has been on the minds of lawmakers from both sides as they debate the best ways to protect water and environmentally sensitive areas, as well as the possibility of fracking in the state.