Ask your elected and appointed public officials to oppose Sabal Trail

After you’ve signed the petition to GA Gov. Nathan Deal, you can call or write him and other state, federal, and local elected and appointed officials and ask them to oppose the unnecessary, destructive, and dangerous Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline. Georgia is the fastest growing solar market in the country, and the Georgia legislature just passed unanimously and the Governor signed a law to facilitate financing solar power. Help the pipeline shrink away from the Georgia sunshine!

State

The great state of Georgia should protect its citizens from this invader from Texas that threatens our water, our land, and our way of life.

Governor

The Governor heads the Executive branch of the state government.

Governor Nathan Deal
Office of the Governor
206 Washington Street
111 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Phone: (404) 656-1776

What Gov. Deal said about the Palmetto Pipeline:

“We’ve been in consultation with the head of DOT and have agreement that the state is going to disagree to that pipeline. We’re going to object from the state level and I think that process will then go to the courts for a judge to decide,”

Gov. Deal should object from the state level to the Sabal Trail pipeline for the same reasons: it has no demonstrated need, it does not benefit Georgia, and it is massively destructive and hazardous to property rights, our water and air, and our safety.

Lieutenant Governor

The Lt. Gov. schedules bills in the state legislature, which could be called back into session.

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
240 State Capitol SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 656-5030

What Lt. Gov. Cagle said about the Palmetto Pipeline:

“There are many unanswered questions about the Palmetto Pipeline Project. This project needs to be properly vetted and its intentions must be clearly laid out. I cannot support the project without knowing the implications for our state and coastal Georgia.”

Lt. Gov. Cagle should be equally concerned about the intentions of Sabal Trail and its effects on southwest Georgia, the Floridan Aquifer, the Chattahoochee, Flint, Ochlockonee, and Withlacoochee Rivers, and property rights.

General Assembly

Georgia legislature

Here are all the Georgia state legislators on the proposed pipeline path, in a handy table.

The legislature may not be in session now, but it could be called back, and now’s the time to prepare for next session, plus elected legislators are influential even when not in session.

GDOT

State law has different sections for natural gas pipelines, but GDOT still will be asked by Sabal Trail for permits for road crossings. GDOT should reject any and all such permits, since there is no demonstrated need for Sabal Trail’s pipeline and no benefit to Georgia, only destruction and hazards.

Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P.E.
Georgia Department of Transportation
One Georgia Center
600 West Peachtree NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 631-1000
(404) 631-1990 (main)

GDOT rejected Kinder Morgan’s application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Palmetto Pipeline. GDOT should do the same for any applications for any permits by Sabal Trail.

GA-EPD

Sabal Trail may ask for permits for water withdrawal and discharge, stream buffer variances, or others. GA-EPD should reject any and all such permits, since there is no demonstrated need for Sabal Trail’s pipeline and no benefit to Georgia, only destruction and hazards.

Director Judson H. Turner
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Environmental Protection Division
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Suite 1456, East Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-656-4713
1-888-373-5947 (toll-free in Georgia)
404-657-5947 (in the Atlanta area)

Assistant Director Trip Addison
404-463-9262

Sabal Trail has filed air quality permit application #22637 for a compressor station at Albany, Georgia.

Here are Greenlaw’s objections.

Here are Ted Turner’s Nonami Planatation objections.

You can register your objections to:

Re: air permit application #22637
Program Manager Eric Cornwell
Stationary Source Permitting Program
Air Protection Branch
4244 lntemational Parkway, Suite 120
Atlanta. Georgia 30354
404-363-7000
eric.cornwell@dnr.state.ga.us

Federal

Sen. Isakson

He’s on the Senate Subcommittees on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness and East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity. He should be voting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would enable more LNG export through pipelines such as Sabal Trail.

Senator Johnny Isakson
One Overton Park
3625 Cumberland Blvd, Suite 970
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: (770) 661-0999

Sen. Perdue

He’s a member of the Senate Subcommitee on Rural Development and Energy Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He should be promoting solar power for local jobs and lower electric bills, not an invading pipeline from Texas.

Senator David Perdue
B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3521
Fax: (202) 228-1031

Sanford Bishop GA-02

Sabal Trail’s prefered path through Stewart, Webster, Terrell, Lee, Dougherty, and Mitchell Counties goes through Congressional District 2.

Congressman Sanford Bishop GA-02
235 West Roosevelt Avenue
Albany Towers, Suite 114
Albany, GA 31701
Phone: (229) 439-8067

Austin Scott GA-08

Sabal Trail’s preferred path would through Colquitt, Brooks, and Lowndes Counties is in Congressional District 8, as are three alternate paths that would gouge through still more counties.

Congressman Austin Scott GA-08
2417 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6531

Tifton Office:
Monday-Friday; 8:30AM – 5:30 PM
127-B N. Central Ave
Tifton, GA 31794
Phone: (229) 396-5175

Mobile Valdosta Office:

We will hold a Mobile District Office in Valdosta every second Tuesday of the month. Representatives from my District Offices will offer constituents assistance with a number of federal issues ranging from Medicare and Social Security to Veterans’ benefits. Please drop by Wiregrass Georgia Technical College any time between 9:00 am and 12:00pm to receive assistance.

Where: Wiregrass Georgia Technical College – Brooks Hall
4089 Val Tech Road, Valdosta, GA 31602

When: Every Second Tuesday of the Month
Drop-in any time between 9:00am – 12:00pm

If you have any questions, please call Congressman Scott’s Tifton office at (229) 396-5175.

FERC

Sabal Trail has filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, Docket Number CP15-17. You can still file a motion to intervene out of time. Or write to FERC:

Re: Docket CP15-17
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary;
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;
888 First St. N.E. Room 1A;
Washington, D.C. 20426.

If you’re in D.C., go by FERC’s office; you’ll likely find other people there protesting FERC. And ask your Congress member to protest to FERC.

Local

Many Georgia Counties and three cities have passed resolutions against Sabal Trail.

You can ask them to go the next step and pass an ordinance rooted in their Comprehensive Plan. An ordinance is a law, at which even FERC will balk.

Here’s how to contact every county commission and city council along Sabal Trail’s preferred pipeline path in Georgia. Plus similar contact information for Florida and Alabama.

Congratulations again to Push Back the Pipeline for getting Gov. Deal, Lt. Gov. Cagle, and GDOT to oppose the Palmetto Pipeline. Now they all need to oppose and stop the equally unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous Sabal Trail pipeline.

-jsq

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