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Next TU Talk to focus on Sabal Trail Pipeline

The next installment in Thomas University’s popular TU Talks series will feature Dr. Christine Ambrose presenting “The Sabal Trail Pipeline” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus.

Ambrose is an assistant professor of conservation biology and the director of the Geospatial Analysis Planning and Preservation (GAPP) Center at TU. During the TU Talk she will explain what the Sabal Trail Pipeline is and why it matters.

“People should be interested in the Sabal Trail Pipeline because it is a timely issuethat is unfolding in our own backyards and is affecting deep-rooted communities and long-time landowners in South Georgia and Florida,” Ambrose said. “It is a complex story with varied facets from property rights, human rights, environmental degradation and water quality concerns, to the dependence on and quest forfossil energythat fuels our lives.”

The Sabal Trail Pipeline includes about 515 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline that runs through Alabama, Georgia and Florida, according to the Sabal Trail Transmission website (www.sabaltrailtransmission.com). The pipeline is expected to be completed by June 2017 with the capability of transporting more than 1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas.

“The pipeline's potential impact on effective groundwater recharge provided by the region’s permeable limestone (Karst) geology and associated Floridian Aquifer system could affect the drinking water for millions of residents in South Georgia and Florida, including major cities,” Ambrose said. “Local residents are currently being affected by the use of the federally granted power of eminent domain that was given to a private company to seize private property, including state-conserved wetlands and wildlife habitat in order to construct the pipeline.”

Presented by the TU Library, there is no admission charge for the TU Talk, and the public is welcome. For more information, contact the TU Library at 229-227-6959 or refdesk@thomasu.edu.

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