Big Bend Residents, Please see resolution below concerning Buckeye/Foley Cellulose put forward by Wakulla County Commissioner Howard Kessler. This will be deliberated at the Wakulla County Commission meeting on Monday, August 15. Meeting information: http://www.mywakulla.com/board_meetings/index.php Questions? Contact Howard Kessler, Wakulla County Commissioner, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
RESOLUTION NO. 2016_______
RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WAKULLA COUNTY OPPOSING THE PERMITTING AND MOVING OF THE PROPOSED BUCKEYE/FOLEY CELLULOSE PLANT EFFLUENT DISCHARGE PIPELINE CLOSER TO THE GULF OF MEXICO WHEREAS,
we are all stewards of our natural resources; WHEREAS,
it is vital to our well-being that we protect the water quality of our shared water bodies and the health of our seagrasses; and WHEREAS,
Buckeye/Foley Cellulose Florida has viable alternatives to their plan to move their effluent pipeline closer to the Gulf waters; and WHEREAS,
Buckeye/Foley Cellulose is listed in the top five industrial polluters in the state; and WHEREAS,
that effluent pipe will deliver pollutants to our Gulf waters; and WHEREAS,
the Gulf of Mexico is presently under siege and additional unnecessary pollution is unwise and dangerous to the overall health of the Gulf; and WHEREAS,
Wakulla County will likely suffer economic and additional environmental damage from Buckeye/Foley Cellulose’s proposed pipeline; and WHEREAS,
The Gulf fisheries are critical to the economy of Wakulla county; and WHEREAS,
has listened to expert testimony that the first edible marine organisms that may be adversely effected by moving effluent discharge pipe closer to the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico will be the scallops, clams and oysters; and WHEREAS,
Buckeye/Foley Cellulose’s discharge has been pointed to as a cause of a large die-off of grass beds in the Gulf; and WHEREAS,
Evidence points to Buckeye/Foley Cellulose’s discharge as the source of the “black goo” that landed off the beaches of Wakulla County; and WHEREAS,
Wakulla County has a fledgling oyster farming industry and those oysters are dependent on non-polluted Gulf waters; and WHEREAS,
Wakulla County commercial fishermen are struggling with several adverse conditions already; and WHEREAS,
Wakulla County’s sport fishing and tourist industry is dependent on clean Gulf waters; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED
, that the Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners: Section 1.
is opposed to the permitting and moving of the proposed Buckeye/Foley Cellulose Plant effluent discharge pipeline closer to the Gulf of Mexico. Section 2.
directs staff to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to Governor Rick Scott, Senator Nelson, Congresswoman Graham, Legislative Delegates Montford and Beshears, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Panama City District US Corps of Engineers,
Jacksonville District US Corps of Engineers, Franklin County BOCC, Madison County BOCC, Jefferson County BOCC, Taylor County BOCC, Levy County BOCC, Dixie County BOCC, Bay County BOCC, Walton County BOCC, Leon County BOCC, and the Cedar Key City Commissioners. PASSED AND ADOPTED
day of August, 2016.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WAKULLA COUNTY, FLORIDA
RALPH THOMAS, Chairman
BRENT X. THURMOND, Ex Officio
Clerk to the Board
APPROVED AS TO FORM:___________________________________
HEATHER ENCINOSA, Esq.