Two protests in one day; three in a week: Dougherty County is haunting Spectra! You can join them this evening at 5:30 PM, and you can help from anywhere by commenting to FERC, signing a petition to the Georgia governor, and contacting your elected and appointed officials.
Carlton Fletcher, Albany Herald, 17 July 2015, Albany pipeline protesters take cause to Sabal Trail office | PHOTO GALLERY: Group gathers for silent protest at local office of pipeline contractor
A group of between 30 and 40 protesters gathered at the Sabal Trail Transmission office on Evelyn Avenue Friday to voice their continued opposition to the $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline that is projected to pass through Dougherty County on the way from central Alabama to central Florida.
The group also is opposed to the location of one of five proposed project compressor stations in the county.
“The location they’ve projected for the new compressor station will definitely impact where I live,” protester Benny Hand, who lives in the Winterwood neighborhood in southwest Dougherty County, said. “The site they’re talking about is a mile or so from where I live. I don’t want my family’s quality of life impacted.”
That was this morning.
Last Saturday they did the first silent protest in Dougherty County.
The wave of anti-pipeline activity has ramped up in the past 10 days in advance of a scheduled Draft Environmental Impact Statement that is expected to be released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in August. FERC will determine after completing its environmental review whether to allow plans for the pipeline to continue.
And they’re doing it again this evening at 5:30 PM,
same location, Sabal Corp HQ, 1301 Evelyn Ave., Albany, GA,
across from the Dougherty County Jail oops: at the compressor station site, presumably the new one on Oakridge and Lockett Station Roads.
In Canada the FERC equivalent just told FERC to clean up its safety practices after $122,000 in fines this year alone. Yet Spectra claims it is “a very genuine, safe, law-abiding company”.
Remember to comment to FERC about Sabal Trail and that Albany compressor station.
And remember to sign the Petition to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal: Oppose Sabal Trail like you oppose the Palmetto Pipeline.
Then ask your elected and appointed officials to act.
Here are more things local, state, and national elected officials can do.