Do not allow Sabal to profit at the expense of thousands of people in our region –Winfred J. Dukes, GA House District 154

The state representative for Albany wrote to FERC today: “It is difficult to persuade anyone to settle in a community where billions of cubic feet on methane gas are being released annually.” Other elected and appointed officials can do the same. And you can still ecomment to FERC and ask Governor Deal to oppose Sabal Trail like he opposes the Palmetto pipeline. You and your elected and appointed officials can write like Winfred Dukes did:

The proposed Sabal pipeline will have a devastating economic impact on our community. It will cause a decline in property values. It will halt the investment the city and others have made in that area. It will impact the health of our citizens. Do not allow Sabal to profit at the expense of thousands of people in our region.

Filed with FERC as Accession Number: 20150721-5028, “Comment of Winfred J. Dukes under CP15-17.”

House of Representatives


WINFRED DUKES

REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 154

407 S. SLAPPEY BLVD

ALBANY, GEORGIA 31701

(229) 883-8537 (O)

(229) 883-2188 (F)

E-MAIL: wdukes_2000@yahoo.com


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ATLANTA, GA 30334

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STATE PLANNING AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

July 20, 2015

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC

Docket #CP15-17-000 Sabal Trail Transmission Natural Gas Pipeline

I would like to voice strong opposition to the Sabal Trail Transmission proposed compressor station located in the City of Albany, Georgia. Albany, Georgia is a city of over 78,000 people. Better than 70% of the citizens here are African-American. Our poverty level ranges from 32% to 36% on any given day.

We are in the heart of the “Black Belt”. Albany serves as the economic engine for Southwest Georgia. Much of the poverty here has been imported to us from the surrounding counties. Needless to say, we have our challenges, but the leaders and the community, are working tirelessly to overcome them. The Sabal pipeline and compressor station only add to our troubles.

The city and developers have invested millions of dollars developing that area. They have run water, sewer and other utilities to enhance that community. Many homeowners have invested much of their life savings in homes there. The studies show that property values will drop as much as 50 per cent when a compressor station is located in a residential area.

Given a choice between living in a community where there is a three foot gas pipeline and a six story compressor station and someplace else, most people would choose to live someplace else. It is difficult to persuade anyone to settle in a community where billions of cubic feet on methane gas are being released annually. Additionally, there will be the constant noise generated by the compressor station.

The proposed Sabal pipeline will have a devastating economic impact on our community. It will cause a decline in property values. It will halt the investment the city and others have made in that area. It will impact the health of our citizens. Do not allow Sabal to profit at the expense of thousands of people in our region.

Sincerely,

Representative Winfred J. Dukes

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