Sinkhole under houses in The Villages, Florida, 20 miles from Sabal Trail pipeline path

Yet another sinkhole in Florida. And guess what goes within 20 miles of that Florida retirement community? The proposed Sabal Trail Transmission methane pipeline. Does poking holes in the already-fragile karst limestone that holds up houses and contains our drinking water, anywhere in Florida or south Georgia, sound like a good idea to you?

Susan Jacobson wrote for Orlando Sentinel, 19 April 2014, Sinkhole in The Villages threatens 2 homes,

This sinkhole was growing April 19, 2014 near 2 houses in The Villages. (Helicon Property Restoration)

A large sinkhole has opened under two houses in The Villages.

A picture provided by Helicon Property Restoration, which is working to stabilize the hole, shows a house teetering at the edge.

Video in report by Lisa McDonald for WKMG, Orlando, 19 April 2014, Crews fill sinkhole that threatened 2 homes in The Villages:

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More from The Orlando Sentinel:

The Villages is a sprawling 55-and-older community that straddles Sumter, Lake and Marion counties. The sinkhole is on the Sumter side.

The rainy season, which is starting in Florida, increases the chance of sinkholes, experts say.

“It’s Florida,” Carpenter said. “There are sinkholes everywhere.”

So do we need a yard-wide pipeline in a hundred-foot-wide gash through the same fragile area? The proposed path of the Sabal Trail Transmission fracked methane pipeline goes between Rutland and Lake Panasoffkee, less than 20 miles west of The Villages.

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