Yes, how about a public hearing run by GA-DNR where Sabal Trail actually has to answer questions in public? GA-DNR may not publish comments about that proposed Sabal Trail air quality permit, deadline August 7th, but we asked for citizens to copy SpectraBusters for publication, and this one did.
From: Sarah Phillips
Date: August 4, 2015 at 2:26:52 PM EDT
Subject: Application #23350
Mr. Cornwell, I am a resident of Dougherty County, and we own the land behind our house through which Sabal Trail proposes to clearcut a wide swath to run their natural gas pipeline. These 800 acres are a habitat for several gopher tortoises, a few pileated woodpeckers, wild turkey, ducks and deer. We have wetlands and wet weather ponds. We are good stewards of this land, and we treasure it. We are outraged about a proposed gas pipeline cutting through our property!!
Dougherty County is the only location in the state for a compressor station. Sabal Trail officials have talked of several sites and actually purchased land for a site on Newton Road, but now they have purchased land in what they consider to be a less obtrusive area. However, it is near a trailer park, Winterwood and Indian Creek subdivisions, and not far from a school and a church. I am concerned, as are many other area residents, about the toxic gases leaking or escaping during the pressure releases. I am also concerned for my fellow citizens about the constant noise.
We do not want the compressor station. We do not want the pipeline!! It originates in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, and ends in Florida, servicing two Florida gas companies. Sabal Trail officials have told some people that they “might” put a tap in Albany/Dougherty County, but they will not verify this, nor will they grant our local television an interview. It is my sincere feeling that they are saying this to muddy the water with our local officials who are looking for something of benefit to Dougherty County in this mess. Is there any way to stop this? Can we have a Public Hearing about it and have DNR officials attend?
Thank you for your time. And please say hello to Judd Turner for me. He grew up in Albany and attended elementary, middle, and high school with our two sons, both of whom returned to Albany to work and both of whom love this land as much as my husband and I do!!