Return to Leesburg, GA for Sabal Trail legal hearing against landowners

Last summer Sabal Trail limped away from Leesburg, Georgia without any ruling about eminent domain. They’re heading their pipeline posse back to town this Tuesday, 24 March 2015, for an 11:30 AM hearing on a motion of summary judgment against the same landowners, the Bells. This is an opportunity for pipeline opponents to show up at the hearing or write a letter of support for the Bells. Send your letter here and we’ll probably also publish it.

If you can’t come in person, for letters here is contact information for the Lee County Clerk of Superior Court:

Correction 13:15 23 March 2015: She needs the original, which means any correspondance will need to be overnighted or hand-carried to get there before the 11:30 AM hearing time tomorrow.

Re: Case number 14CV208RS
Judge Rucker Smith
To: Cindy Clark
Civil Deputy Clerk
County Courthouse
100 Leslie Highway
Leesburg, Georgia 31763

Alton Burns of Thomas County, Georgia has already written the letter you see below. You can write one, too. Doesn’t matter whether you’re from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, or elsewhere: this pipeline is bad news everywhere.

March 21, 2015

Ms. Sara Clark
Clerk of Superior Court
P.O. Box 49
100 Leslie Highway
Leesburg Georgia, 31763

RE: Motion to Intervene on behalf of Mr. Jeb Bell & Mr. Robert Bell

Greetings to the Superior Court Justice:

My name is Alton Paul Burns I am a resident of Thomas County Georgia. I would like to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to express my concerns.

It seams like everyday we read of some catastrophe happening some where in this country relating to the oil & gas or coal industry. Pipelines accidents alone dump an average of 3.5 million barrels of hazardous materials on the earth each year. Pipeline accidents account for 7900 incidents, 510 fatalities, 2352 injuries and property damage of over $6.838.019,931.00. What will it take for mankind to come to the realization that, “This Earth does Not belong to Us?” I feel it is time to implement cleaner and safer alternatives like wind and solar.

Do we really want or need another pipeline in Georgia? These pipelines would cross several major rivers and pose great risk to our aquifer, our drinking water, ofwhich we are blessed to have and is un- questionably the cleanest in the world This project will have adverse affects upon the Floridian aquifer and as it would be in repairable in event of rupture failure. Further, it will destroy pristine forest and waterways. And then think of the negative impacts the compressor stations will have on the air quality , the environment, and the health and safety of the citizens. There is NO public convenience and necessity but only hazards it will pose to the communities through which it will transverse.

Therefore, it is in my opinion that Sabal Trail Transmission Pipeline is not in the public interest and I fell like it is a crime to threaten the property rights, the human wellbeing, and the environment for the corporate profits of a privet company. I stand firm along with over 260,000 others against Sabal Trail Pipeline I am asking you to revoke pipeline eminent domain. And We ask, “why should Alabama, Georgia, and Florida accept all the risk?”


Alton Paul Burns


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