Property rights, environment, health, and safety are why citizens oppose Sabal Trail, including
tonight in Albany
Tuesday in Moultrie or Wednesday in Valdosta.
Be sure to show up by 5:30 PM to sign up to speak.
Caitlyn Chastain, WTOC, 28 September 2015,
Public meetings ahead for Sabal Trail Pipeline, starting today,
It’s a project that has gained a lot of attention and a lot of
Many people are concerned Continue reading Citizens oppose Sabal Trail in Albany, Moultrie, and Valdosta this week –WTOC, Albany, GA
Citing the GDOT denial of KMI’s Palmetto Pipeline and numerous specific
hazards of Spectra Energy’s proposed Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline
(sinkholes in karst limestone
and a compressor station
next to Albany’s water wells, all for no benefit to Georgia, by a company with a poor safety record),
U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-02) wrote to FERC (PDF):
I believe that FERC should deny STT’s application for a
Certificate of Public Necessity.
And he told FERC to tell Sabal Trail to stop suing
his constituents for eminent domain.
A year after
Rep. Bishop listened in Albany for two hours to complaints about Sabal Trail,
Dougherty County and
filed followup letters to their resolutions against that pipeline.
Neither FERC nor Sabal Trail answered them,
so their Representative in the U.S. Congress forwarded their
letters with that sharp cover letter.
Three weeks later, FERC still hasn’t even filed his letter in their e-comment system,
much less responded to it.
Just how lawless is FERC, anyway?
Doesn’t a member of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations give them pause? Continue reading Deny Sabal Trail, said U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, and FERC ignored him
SpectraBusters sent examples of Sabal Trail’s many threats of eminent domain,
in this letter to
Leesburg for the ongoing eminent domain and criminal trespass trial.
Re: Case number 14CV208RS
Judge Rucker Smith
To: Cindy Clark
Civil Deputy Clerk
Leesburg, Georgia 31763
If it please the court,
SpectraBusters, Inc. is a Georgia nonprofit corporation with board
members and other participants in all three states directly affected
by the Sabal Trail proposed pipeline: Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.
The SpectraBusters board voted Monday March 30th 2015 to send this
letter to the court to express our concerns about Sabal Trail’s
attempts to claim Georgia eminent domain long before it tried to
claim customers in Georgia, as well as possible ill effects
throughout the pipeline route, especially in Georgia, if the judge
were to rule in this case for application of Georgia eminent domain.
Even with Sabal Trail’s claimed agreement with the Metropolitan Gas
Authority of Georgia (MGAG),
Sabal Trail is still “a long way” Continue reading Sabal Trail repeatedly sent letters to landowners claiming Georgia eminent domain authority –SpectraBusters to judge
Semicolons and disjunctive ands vs. propaganda, subterfuge, and fraud
yesterday in Leesburg, GA,
and evidentiary briefs will be received by the judge over the next 20 days.
After patiently listening to Spectra attorneys detail how a 1920s
version of Georgia pipeline eminent domain law had a semicolon
that they claimed separated “in the State of Georgia” from their
pipeline, Judge Smith later remarked that the legislature passing
a bill that removed the semicolon could be used to infer that they
intended to remove the semicolon.
Sabal Trail also tried to argue that the “and” in the same sentence
was a disjunctive that similarly separated.
The judge seemed more interested in the basic question:
does Sabal Trail provide gas to customers within the State of Georgia?
The landowners’ attorney made it even more interesting, referring to Continue reading Grasping at semicolons: Sabal Trail fail in Leesburg
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 Continue reading Return to Leesburg, GA for Sabal Trail legal hearing against landowners
A FERC comment period ending 15 November 2014 seems to mean
Sabal Trail will miss its 31 October formal filing date.
No relief suggested for crossing the Withlacoochee River at the border
of Brooks and Lowndes Counties, Georgia (or inside Lowndes County
next to Valdosta, according to
several of the previous alternatives).
And every proposed path still crosses the Suwannee River
into Suwannee County.
Maybe that’s because
the Dougherty County Commission and
the Albany City Council actually stood up for
Gilchrist County (see Wacassassa Flats Alternative),
Suwannee County Commission
swallowed Sabal Trail disinformation and
the Lowndes County
Commission and the Valdosta City Council did
one letter from the Chairman)
one letter from one Council member).
There’s still time for Dougherty, Lowndes, and all the other
counties and cities
to pass ordinances, and to lobby state and federal agencies and
elected and appointed officials.
Oh, and there’s an election going on.
Also no mention of
Sabal Trail’s Jasper, Florida Open House,
5-7:30 Tuesday 21 October 2014, but STT’s newspaper notice said the public
is invited, so y’all come!
Filed with FERC today, 15 October 2014,
Supplemental Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environment Impact Statement for the Planned Southeast Market Pipeline Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues etc. re Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC under PF14-1.
No. PF14-1-000 Continue reading Sabal Trail Notice of EIS Intent and Route Alternatives
Spectra’s squad of seven left Leesburg unsatisfied.
The Bell family agreed to let pipeline surveyors on their land,
with strict conditions, but there was no agreement on eminent domain,
and Spectra will have to come back for a jury trial about trespass
in Lee County, Georgia.
The judge, perhaps emboldened by the fourteen protesters,
some of whom drove as much as 9 hours to get there,
refused to even call the surveying agreement a consent order;
it will be a consent agreement.
So Spectra’s Andrea Grover got nothing they can use against
The above is some of what I saw at the Leesburg, GA courthouse yesterday.
Wright Gazaway was there for WALB TV,
with a letter from the judge permitting videoing in the courtroom;
he reported yesterday,
Lee County residents protest pipeline, Continue reading Sabal Trail pipeline hearing in Leesburg, GA and WALB TV
A landowner is suing Sabal Trail Transmission for going on their land
after being told not to. It’s a public hearing, so interested parties
can come from anywhere to attend in a peaceful, lawful assembly.
Update 2014-07-08: See press release.
If the place or date gets changed, everyone is invited to come anyway.
|Thursday 10 July 2014
|10AM assemble outside
11AM hearing inside
Lee County Courthouse
100 Leslie Highway
Leesburg, Georgia 31763
|Sabal Trail Transmission v. James E. Bell II and Robert Bell
Case number 14CV208RS
|Alabamians, Georgians, Floridians, and everyone
opposed to this unnecessary fracked methane pipeline,
here is an opportunity to show you don’t want
this hazardous destruction of the environment and
property rights so a few companies can profit
at everyone else’s expense.
You can also do some of these other things: Continue reading Peaceful Assembly at Pipeline Trial, Leesburg, GA, July 10th 2014
11AM 10 July 2014, Leesburg, Georgia,
according to the Clerk of Court in Lee County:
Sabal Trail Transmission v. James E. Bell II and Robert Bell,
Case number 14CV208RS.
Others tell me the Bells are countersuing Sabal Trail for
going on their property despite being told not to.
Whatever is decided there will affect every other pipeline
land access case.
This is an opportunity for pipeline opponents from everywhere
to help: show up at the hearing, write a letter of support for the
Bells, maybe even file a legal brief, or demonstrate nearby.
There was another case Continue reading South Georgia pipeline trials
If you can’t get to Kissimmee today, you can watch it live
on the Osceola County Commission’s website.
And if you can’t get to that one, the pipelines are coming up at four other county commission meetings in Georgia and Florida from today through next week.
In addition to
local landowner Monica Martin,
the local Thai temple will also speak,
Wat Florida Dhammaram,
Theravāda Buddhist Temple.
And that’s not all:
Noon today, Monday, 10 February 2014,
Colquitt County Commission on Sabal Trail pipeline at their Work Session.
5PM tomorrow, Tuesday, 11 February 2014,
Lowndes County Commission Meeting and Protest at their Regular Session.
7PM tomorrow, Tuesday, 11 February 2014,
Colquitt County Commission on Sabal Trail pipeline at their Regular Session.
5PM Thursday, 20 February 2014,
3 minutes a question at Gilchrist County Commission at their Regular Session.
Even many FPL allies oppose new methane pipelines,
because of water, safety, health, fracking, property values, and other issues,
and even county commissions in all three directly affected states
(Lee County, Alabama started way back in May 2014)
are having to respond to citizen concerns about unnecessary,
environmentally damaging, and property-taking methane pipelines.
Let’s go straight to solar and wind power!