Leases and permanent easements to cross the
Chattahoochee River, Flint River, Ochlockonee River, and Withlacoochee River:
that’s what the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board proposes to
vote on this Wednesday morning, in Atlanta, far from any of the proposed crossings
or the directly affected counties, with no publ ic hearing and minimal public announcement.
You can call them or send them email to ask them not to do that.
Or show up in Atlanta 9AM Wednesday 23 September 2015 and speak; bring a written statement if you do that.
Atlanta metro people, we need you to go to that meeting!
Agenda at this link.
DNR board list
at this link.
DNR didn’t supply any contact information for its board members, but DNR’s
own contact is: Continue reading Call DNR board before Wednesday to stop river land giveaway to Sabal Trail
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
Sabal Trail strikes back, claiming trespassing on your property for surveying
isn’t a taking of your property rights, and pretending that wouldn’t lead to taking of property rights through eminent domain.
Filed with FERC 1 December 2014 as
Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC submits Response to Recent Correspondence under PF14-1.
SABAL TRAIL TRANSMISSION, LLC
5400 Westheimer Court
Houston, TX 77056
December 1, 2014
Ms. Kimberly D. Bose
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20426
Re: Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, Docket No. PF14-1-000
Response to Recent Correspondence
Dear Ms. Bose:
In a recent filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission”),
20141119-5122, Ms. Sandra Y. Jones alleged that Spectra Energy and Sabal Trail land agents have
“threatened eminent domain” against homeowners along the
proposed Sabal Trail route. Sabal Trail and Spectra Energy take
these Continue reading Sabal Trail Strikes Back
A Colquitt County resident spelled out a series of eminent domain threats
to her, plus the background of the infamous Stewart County eminent domain ruling Sabal Trail has used to threaten landowners in other counties.
Filed with FERC 19 November 2014 as
Protest of Sandra Y Jones under PF14-1 (PDF),
Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners:
an interview with Spectra’s Andrea Grover in
today’s Valdosta Daily Times newspaper requires a response from an
impacted landowner and please note that I am only one of possibly
over a thousand in the same position. Ms. Grover asserts that
allegations from homeowners that surveyors threatened eminent domain
on their properties
“hard to believe.”
Grover may be right that surveyors have not threatened eminent
domain, but Spectra Energy and Sabal Trail land agents certainly
have. In the second letter I received from this company dated
September 16, 2013 (see attachments) requesting my signature for
permission to survey my two tracts of land, the use of Georgia
“We hope you understand Continue reading My Thanksgiving prize was an eminent domain threat from Sabal Trail –Sandra Jones to FERC
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
Why would a pipeline company from Houston suffer irreparable harm
if it couldn’t go onto the land of somebody in Georgia?
A judge in one Georgia county bought Sabal Trail’s eminent domain assertions
and now Sabal Trail is citing that to try to get a landowner in Brooks County
to let it on the property to survey for its fracked methane pipeline.
What about private property rights?
The letter dated 12 April 2014 from Sabal Trail
includes this part:
A copy of the Order granting Sabal Trail’s request for injunctive relief,
entered on February 21, 2014,
is enclosed for your review. As you will see, the Order concluded that:
Sabal Trail has the right, incidental to its power of eminent domain,
to enter private property to conduct the Survey Activities.
Delays in conducting the Survey Activities will cause Sabal Trail irreparable harm.
The Survey Activities will not cause substantial harm to the defendant landowners,
nor will the surveys disserve the public interest.
Accordingly, the Order prohibits those landowners from preventing or interfering Continue reading Sabal Trail citing Stewart County injunction in Brooks County, Georgia