From Ocala.com’s Andrew Caplan, 12/03/16:

The number of Sabal Trail protesters is growing — slowly, but surely.

What was once isolated groups harping “water is life,” has turned into organized demonstrations, protests and information gatherings throughout the state to stop further construction of Sabal Trail Transmission’s 515-mile natural gas pipeline. …

Noel said she was charged with felony trespassing and misdemeanor disorderly conduct after walking under a water truck, which was roughly 4 feet off the ground. She said the truck was blocking the middle of a county road to stop protesters from walking.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Noel said. “They started picking us off. They had already planned to arrest all of us.”

Malwitz-Jipson said Sabal Trail construction workers are acting as if they are “entitled” to more land than their permitted 100-foot-wide path, even telling protesters where they can and can’t park cars. …

Protesters say they were blindsided by the quickness of the pipeline’s approval and construction process and were left with little time to gather with other concerned citizens or understand just what it all meant. Some protesters largely blame Gov. Rick Scott, who has been reported to own a blind-trust investment interest in the pipeline through Spectra Energy.

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