FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Valdosta, December 13, 2013 –Landowners and others can talk directly to the federal oversight agency that has to approve any new pipelines will be at an Open House they required Sabal Trail Transmission to hold Clyattville Elementary Monday evening. For those who are unable to stand and circulate the room an area will be provided and representatives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have been assigned just for this area. Protesters against the pipeline will be out front starting at 4PM.
5:00 PM to
Monday, December 16 th 2013
Clyattville Elementary School
5386 Madison Highway
Valdosta, GA 31601
Phone: (229) 559-7062
Why: Spectra Energy proposes a hundred-foot-wide gash through our lands for their huge 36 inch Sabal Trail gas pipeline from Alabama through Georgia to feed Florida Power and Light (FPL) for no benefit to local citizens. A one-time payment is nowhere near adequate for permanent destruction and hazards when FPL and Spectra would profit forever.
Property values: A pipeline through your property isn’t going to increase its value, and a pipeline corridor won’t attract businesses.
Hazards: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined Spectra a record $15 million for leaking PCBs at 89 sites along another pipeline. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) fined Spectra $134,500 in December 2012 for five violations of federal regulations and Spectra’s own company procedures, involving not monitoring pipelines and letting them corrode and leak.
This 36 inch pipeline would be bigger than the 30 inch gas pipeline that blew up in Oklahoma a few weeks ago, visible from Kansas and Texas, and far bigger than the 10 inch one that blew up in Texas last week.. It is nowhere near safe enough to run anywhere near schools, churches, people’s houses, or wildlife.
Fracking: The gas comes from fracking in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and the Barnett Shale in Texas, destroying whole watersheds and poisoning farmlands and drinking water.
Instead: Solar power is cheaper and brings jobs and energy right here where we need them.
We ain’t afraid a no pipeline!
We are a coalition of landowners and others opposed to the Sabal Trail Transmission gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Colquitt Co., GA
Lowndes Co., GA
Levy Co., FL