FERC lost half of Dougherty County Sabal Trail resolution

Update 2014-11-11: Thanks to Spencer Lee, Dougherty County Attorney, for sending the second page of the resolution, which does ask FERC to move the pipeline completely out of Georgia; see below. 2014-12-11: PDF of the two pages of the resolution and PDF of the entire FERC filing with the missing page interpolated.

FERC managed to lose the actual resolution on the second page of Dougherty County Commission’s FERC filing of today, but the WHEREASes are enough to see that DoCo says

….the health and welfare of our community will be severely compromised by the construction ofthe pipeline and any associated compressor stations within Dougherty County; and

WHEREAS, it is clear to the Board that, to this date, Sabal Trail has not articulated a justifiable need for the pipeline as it traverses Dougherty County.

Here’s a PDF on SpectraBusters.org of today’s DoCo filing, in case FERC manages to lose that, too.

Here’s the WHEREAS page while we’re waiting on FERC to find the lost page, like it eventually did for Bill Kendall’s letter about lack of need, false pretense, and duress. Maybe FERC just can’t handle the truth?

14-019

A RESOLUTION
ENTITLED
A RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO THE 465 MILE INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS
PIPELINE PROPOSED BY SABAL TRANSMISSISON, LLC AS SAID PIPELINE
TRAVERSES THROUGH DOUGHERTY COUNTY; REPEALING RESOLUTIONS OR PARTS
OF RESOLUTIONS IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

300x387 Resolution WHEREASes, in Resolution No. 14-019 pipeline and compressor station, by Dougherty County Commission, for SpectraBusters.org, 5 November 2014 WHEREAS, by Letter Order dated October 16, 2013. Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC (“Sabal Trail”) was granted approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) to utilize FERC’s Pro-Filing Environmental Review Process for the proposed Sabal Trall Project (“Project”) with the Project being assigned Docket No. PF14-1-000; and

WHEREAS, the Members of the Dougherty County Board of Commissioners (“Board” or the “Commissloners”) have been both listening and responding to concerns expressed by Dougherty County landowners and citizens affected by the proposed project: and

300x387 To Spectra 2013-09-30 (1 of 4), in Resolution No. 14-019 pipeline and compressor station, by Dougherty County Commission, for SpectraBusters.org, 5 November 2014 WHEREAS, those concerns have been expressed publicly through the approval by the Board of several letters (copies attached) written on behalf of the Board as follows:

  1. September 30, 2013 letter from the Board to Pete V. Sheffield, Vice-President Government Affairs and Energy Policy, and Ed Gonzales, Project Director for Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC.
  2. February 24, 2014 letter from the Board to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  3. April 11, 2014 letter from the Board to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  4. August 25, 2014 letter from the Board to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
; and

WHEREAS, in order to better understand the concerns of our citizens and the project itself, the Board of Commissioners of Dougherty County and the Board of Commissioners of the City of Albany scheduled a Public Information Meeting for September 29, 2014. At that four hour meeting, the general public and the Commissioners heard from Sabal Trail representatives, community activists and representatives, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and various state departments and elected office holders; and

WHEREAS, based on all of the information gleaned by and submitted to the Board, we have become increasingly concerned that the health and welfare of our community will be severely compromised by the construction ofthe pipeline and any associated compressor stations within Dougherty County; and

WHEREAS, it is clear to the Board that, to this date, Sabal Trail has not articulated a justifiable need for the pipeline as it traverses Dougherty County.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of Dougherty County and it is hereby resolved by Authority of same as follows:

The actual resolution page is what’s missing, but it’s probably a clue that the last page of the filing that was included is a map from SpectraBusters.org of Sabal Trail’s 15 November 2013 Station 85 Panhandle Alternative, Florida. That matches what Carlton Fletcher reported in the Albany Herald 27 October 2014.

Now, courtesy of Dougherty County Attorney Spencer Lee, here’s the page FERC lost, and yes, Section III asks for the Panhandle route.

SECTION I At the present time, our Board feels that Sabal Trail has not met its burden of showing that the proposed pipeline is needed in Daugherty County and information received by the Board indicates that our oommunity will suffer numerous environmental and safety consequences as a result of the construction of the proposed pipeline and compressor station within Dougherty County.

300x391 Resolution page 2, in Resolution No. 14-019 pipeline and compressor station, by Dougherty County Commission, for SpectraBusters.org, 5 November 2014 SECTION II Thus, we are in opposition to the construction of the proposed pipeline in Daugherty County and request that FERC give serious consideration and analysis to alternative routes (1) that avoid unstable geologic areas such as karst and sink-hole prone areas, (2) that minimize impacts to drinking water and agricultural water supplies, (3) that minimize impacts to wildlife habitat, forest, wetlands, streams and rivers and (4) that do not compromise socio-economic and cultural issues.

SECTION III We ask that serious consideration and analysis be given to the alternative route through the Panhandle of Florida, a copy of which is attached hereto.

SECTION IV All Resolutions or parts of Resolutions in con´Čéict herewith are hereby repealed

This the 27 day of October, 2014

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GEORGIA
[signed]
Jeff Sinyard, Chairman

ATTEST:
[signed]
County Clerk

If no state wants the pipeline, there’s only one route for it: nowhere.

-jsq