Florida Power and Light (FPL) is constructing a 600-mile natural gas pipeline that will consist of two (2) segments.

The first segment, which is being built by Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, will originate in southwestern Alabama and cross Florida into the following counties, Madison, Hamilton, Suwannee, Gilchrist, Alachua, Levy, Marion, Lake, Sumter, Orange Polk and Osceola. This first segment will terminate at a new hub in Central Florida just south of Orlando.

The second segment, which will be built by Florida Southeast Connection, LLC, will start at the Central Florida hub cross into the counties of Osceola, Polk, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and terminate at the existing FPL clean energy plant in MartinCounty.

The Florida Public Service Commission approved construction of this pipeline, which will be the state's third natural gas pipeline, on Thursday October 24th. The last step in the process is approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

FPL has requested that the project begin to deliver natural gas by a May 2017 in-service date. This would require the acquisition of land easements well in advance of that date, which could begin as early as 2014. They are currently conducting surveys on the land needed for this project.

FPL, Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connection, which are subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Capital Holdings, Inc., are multi-billion dollar entities that possess the power of eminent domain. Eminent domain allows these utility companies to condemn private property for easements in order to install their natural gas pipeline. These utility companies are represented in
Florida by two law firms. These utility companies also have their own appraisers, engineers and other experts as they deem necessary working on their behalf to acquire the property for the pipeline.

Property owners in the state of Florida have certain rights when their property is taken by eminent domain to enure they receive full compensation.  

Full compensation includes having the condemning authority, in this case, Sabal Trail and FPL, pay for the property owner’s reasonable attorneys fees and expert costs. An attorney representing an owner can hire an appraiser, engineer and other experts well versed in the area of eminent domain to analyze the taking and the effect the taking may have on the property owner’s remainder property including future development plans, and then advise the property owner as to an appropriate amount of compensation to seek from the condemning authority through negotiation or litigation.

As a property owner, you should have representation to assist you throughout this process. Contact Florida Property Rights Advocates at 888.371.1600 if you would like to further discuss this project or would like us to represent you against Sabal Trail or Florida Power & Light.   

Florida Natural Gas Pipeline Project

Florida Gas Pipeline Project