Landowners oppose intimidation and threats from Sabal Trail

No more, “It caught me off guard.” Landowners are warned now about that pipeline that would cut a 100 foot wide gash through here.

Matthew Woody on the front page of the VDT today, Residents opposed to natural gas pipeline: Concerns about tactics, property damage,

Many landowning residents along the pipeline are either feeling uninformed, or intimidated by Sabal Trail.

Larry Rodgers of Valdosta owns 900 acres in south Lowndes and he allowed Sabal Trail on his property to survey.

“I received a call from a lady, I think her name was Becky, down in Clearwater, Fla., requesting access to my property, and I allowed it,” Rodgers said. “I allowed them to, and I can’t tell you why I did. It caught me off guard. I wasn’t fully aware of all of the facts about the pipeline like I am now, and if I knew then what I know now, I certainly would not have allowed them to survey.”

Rodgers explained that he allowed Sabal Trail access to survey his property because he did not know a lot about the pipeline. But what made matters worse, once the surveying began, Rodgers found empty plastic water bottles and trash all over his property. The surveyors also put more than 100 wooden stakes on his property.

Noticing this behavior, Rodgers said he kicked the surveyors off of his property, and rescinded his approval to survey.

Rodgers opposes the pipeline because he is concerned about safety and his property value.

He also quotes Carol Singletary.

And this:

The Times transposed the map provided by Sabal Trail over the map of Lowndes County and accompanying this article is a list of all the property owners and parcel numbers the pipeline may affect. Citing FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) guidelines, Sabal Trail representatives stated they could not provide a list of properties to the media.

Sabal Trail will host two open houses for Colquitt, Brooks, and Lowndes counties.

Brooks and Lowndes Counties: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, Clyattville Elementary School Cafeteria, 5386 Madison Highway.

Colquitt County: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Moultrie Technical Facility, Building A (VPC Conference Center), 800 Veterans Parkway N., Moultrie.

Sabal Trail representatives will also be doing a presentation at the Lowndes County Commission Work Session at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

Here’s the complete schedule of December Open Houses in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.


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