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
It’s not a short list; basically nothing Dougherty County
has been answered by Sabal Trail or FERC:
They have not
addressed the issues of (1) potential effects on geology and soil, (2) impacts on water resources and wetlands, (3) impacts on
vegetation, forests, fisheries, wildlife and threatened species, (4)
cumulative impacts, (5) public safety concerns, (6) purpose and need
for the proposed pipeline, (7) alternatives to the preferred route,
(8) air quality and noise and (9) socioeconomic
factors – environmental justice.
Filed with FERC 6 April 2015 as
Accession Number: 20150406-5144,
“Comment of Dougherty County, Georgia under CP15-17.” Continue reading FERC still stonewalling Dougherty County Commission and landowners about Sabal Trail
The people and state of Georgia can stop this Texas invader,
and if that takes a California paper implying Texans are Yankees, so be it.
As well as Kinder Morgan’s Palmetto petroleum products Pipeline,
why not stop Spectra’s Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline?
You can sign the
petition Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.
Jenny Jarvie, L.A. Times, 1 June 2015,
Landowners form a pipeline rebellion in the Deep South,
“I’m trying to protect something that was passed on to me,” said
Georgia resident Jimmy Helmly, who opposes the pipeline. “People
from away from here, with no ties, just want to make a dollar. I
understand. I believe in American capitalism. But why should I
sacrifice so you can make billions?”
When the letter arrived from a Texas pipeline company Continue reading Texas pipeline invasion of Georgia in Los Angeles Times
Update 2015-05-10: Added case number, judge’s address, and directions.
Sabal Trail has sued another dozen landowners, and one case comes to trial
9:30 AM May 28th 2015 at the Courthouse Annex in Moultrie, Georgia.
They want to Continue reading Sabal Trail sues Georgia Centenial Family Farm @ Moultrie 2015-05-28
The state representative for
Valdosta and parts of
cited their two resolutions and
enumerated lack of need for a pipeline, threatening letters from Sabal Trail, alternative routes
next to a school, ill effects on business
forestry and agriculture
private property valuations,
potential sinkholes due to drilling under the
including on the
anywhere in the fragile karst limestone
containing the Floridan Aquifer,
plus Spectra Energy’s own
say it doesn’t have insurance to cover
the kinds of
safety problems in Spectra’s own history
nor those pointed out by
Southern Natural Gas Company.
Dexter Sharper noted local evidence that
solar power is cheaper and safer,
the Lowndes County Democratic Party
“…we have a moral obligation to leave our children and grandchildren with an earth as safe, beautiful, and majestic as the one bequeathed to us by our parents and grandparents.”
For all these reasons, on behalf of my constituents and the citizens of Lowndes County and the state of Georgia, I oppose the Sabal Trail pipeline anywhere in the County of Lowndes or the State of Georgia.
I urge that FERC reject any permit for the Sabal Trail pipeline, or at the very least move it entirely out of the State of Georgia.
Filed 7 January 2015 with FERC as
Accession Number: 20150107-5100,
“Comment of Dexter Sharper, Georgia State Representative, District 177, under CP15-17.” Continue reading No eminent domain for water-threatening unnecessary Sabal Trail pipeline –GA Rep. Dexter Sharper District 177
“I am concerned after studying, talking to individuals and the
environmental and economic impact that I am opposed to the
Dated 10 November 2014,
filed by FERC
18 November 2014 as Accession Number: 20141118-0021, Continue reading I am opposed to Sabal Trail’s Alternative –GA Rep. Gerald Greene to FERC
Agritourism, economy, and environment were among the reasons
Terrell County followed
and passed a resolution against the Sabal Trail pipeline.
FERC didn’t post the County Chairman’s cover letter, but the County Clerk sent it to me.
What else has FERC neglected to post?
Filed with FERC
13 November 2014,
Protest of Terrell County Board of Commissioners (Georgia) under PF14-1.
WHEREAS, Spectra Energy of Houston, Texas has proposed building a
$3.7 Billion, 460-mile gas pipeline from Central Alabama to Central
Florida known as the Sabal Trail, and:
WHEREAS, a growing contingency of local and area residents have
expressed opposition to construction of the pipeline and compressor
stations used to force the natural gas through the pipelines, and:
WHEREAS, The construction of the pipeline through Terrell County,
Georgia will severely impact agricultural and agiitourism businesses
located in the county, and:
WHEREAS, it is clear to this board that the Sabal Trail will not Continue reading Agriculture over pipeline: Terrell County resolution against Sabal Trail
One month before
Spectra “suspended” its Pennsylvania to Carolina
pipeline plans, a Virginia county passed a resolution saying it didn’t want it.
please don’t cross our river like Hamilton County, Florida.
Don’t come through here at all, said Rappahannock County, Virginia.
Piedmont Environmental Council,
Rappahannock County Passes Resolution Opposing Spectra Alignment
A resolution titled “Rappahannock County Opposition To The
Construction of An Underground Natural Gas Transmission LIne within
Its Jurisdiction,” was passed by the Rappahannock Board of
Supervisors on July 7, 2014. The resolution urges Duke Energy to
select another proposed corridor for its energy needs.
the resolution. Continue reading Supervisors oppose any Spectra alignment through Rappahannock County , VA
Here are two news reports (oddly, WALB doesn’t seem to have filed one) on
yesterday’s listening session with U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-02).
These are brief extracts; there’s more in each article.
Cody Long wrote for Fox 31 yesterday,
Deadline nears to hear pipeline comments,
There were about 50 people who showed up to the Government Center in
downtown Albany. Some voiced their concerns to commissioners and the
congressman about the Sabal Trail Transmission Gas Pipeline Project.
The pipeline would run through 24 miles of Dougherty County and
would be capable of transporting up to one billion cubic feet of
natural gas each day.
However, it would run through portions of privately owned land which Continue reading News about yesterday’s Sanford Bishop pipeline listening session in Albany, GA