Colquitt County passes pipeline minimum depth resolution

The Colquitt County Commission demonstrated there are things local governments can do.

Alan Mauldin wrote for the Moultrie Observer 4 March 2014, County urges minimum depth for Sabal Trail pipeline,

As the largest and most diverse agricultural county in Georgia, the prospect of a 100-foot construction zone for a pipeline project raises concerns in Colquitt County.

On Tuesday, Colquitt County Commission put its thoughts on the issue of farmland as it relates to the proposed pipeline into an official statement. In a resolution, commissioners voted to request protection for farm resources, land and water, and equipment.

“The Colquitt County Board of Commissioners adamantly urge that the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline is buried with a minimum of five feet of top cover when traversing agricultural properties to include pasture land, cultivated lands, surface drains, diversions, waterways, open ditches and streams,” the commission said in the document.

Too bad they didn’t put it in the form of an ordinance, which might have required a court to have to deal with it, but a resolution is a good first step.

Citizens can comment, too:

An opportunity to address commission representatives will come at 6 p.m. today at Moultrie Technical College.

In an announcement about process, the energy commission said that comments should focus on potential environmental impacts and reasonable alternatives and measures to eliminate or minimize those impacts.

To make written comments, residents may call (202) 502-8258 or online at efiling@ferc.gov, or at the eComment feature on the commission’s website, www.ferc.gov, under the documents and filings heading.

Those making comments should refer to the docket number PF4-1-000 for the Sabal Trail Project.

Written comments also may be mailed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary; Federal Regulatory Commission; 888 First St. N.E. Room 1A; Washington, D.C. 20426.

That’s the last FERC Scoping Meeting in Georgia, so go tonight or send in your comments.

-jsq