Update 9PM 16 April 2014: Cancelled due to flood-stage water levels in the Withlacoochee River, with more rain expected Friday. To be rescheduled.
7:30 AM Saturday 19 April 2014 on the Withlacoochee River
between Valdosta and Quitman,
put in at Old Quitman Road
on the Brooks County side (just south of US 84):
Paddle past where the proposed Sabal Trail methane pipeline
would cross the Withlacoochee River, digging into our fragile
karst limesone, above our drinking-water Floridan Aquifer.
This is a joint event of Continue reading Cancelled! Paddle Against the Pipeline on the Withlacoochee River
Filed with FERC
2 December 2013:
James & Tracy Ryder, Tallahassee, FL.
We have been contacted by Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC regarding
their proposed natural gas pipeline. In their contacts with us, they
requested permission to survey our property in reference to one of
the proposed corridors since we are already encumbered with the
SONAT pipeline that run through the middle of our property. We were
told that we should sign the consent because they would use eminent
domain to access our property against our will if need be. In a
public meeting we were told they were putting in a 24″ line
that would provide gas to mid and south Florida. We have later
learned that they are intending to put in a 36″ line that
would not serve Florida, but would provide for exports from Florida.
Sabal Trail has not been providing accurate, or clear information to
the public regarding these pipeline endeavors. When we asked about
alternate corridors, we were told they would not consider the
alternate corridor that was originally proposed due to the fact that
there were many people impacted.
Seriously, Brooks County may be the
home to many a farmer and lower income folks, but I assure they are
people and don’t deserve to be exploited for the potential gains in
revenue and exportation of our limited natural resources. Continue reading Farmer and lower income folks are people –James & Tracy Ryder to FERC
Filed with FERC
1 December 2013:
Thomas Lovett, Quitman, GA.
December 1, 2013
Thomas D. Lovett
250 Monument Church Road
Quitman, GA 31643
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20426
Re: FERC Docket No. PF-14-1
As a Brooks County, Georgia landowner who would be directly affected
by Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC’s proposed pipeline, I adamantly
oppose this proposed pipeline, for the reasons stated below.
The 36-inch pipeline/easement would cut a path approximately 5,480
feet long and 100 feet wide across our family farm, located at 250
Monument Church Road, Quitman, Georgia, 31643. Our family farm has
been continuously owned by my family for more than 100 years. I live
on the farm with my wife and two boys.
The pipeline, if allowed, would be approximately 680 feet directly
behind our residence. It would be approximately 790 feet from nearby
Morning Star Church Continue reading I adamantly oppose this proposed pipeline –Thomas Lovett to FERC
Filed with FERC
15 January 2014:
Dante Acevedo, quitman, GA.
I am a resident of Brooks county in southern Georgia. My property is
being intruded upon by Sabal Trail, a subsidiary of Spectra Energy.
Since the pipeline is “open-access,” it will encourage industrial
development, including natural gas extraction, which will
drastically alter the rural character of the community where I have
lived for nearly twenty years and my grandmother for nearly 50
years. As no one else can represent my interests in this matter, I
am filing this motion to intervene. This is a tremendously dangerous
endeavor since it is going through a rural area with many homes and
livelihoods. The thought of such a monstrous pipeline with the
potential to create massive destruction and death outside ones door
is more than one can be compensated for.
Furthermore, this pipeline proposal seems to dismiss Continue reading Monstrous pipeline more than one can be compensated for –Dante Acevedo to FERC
The community likes to visit that building, with signs and chants.
Winnie Anne Wright
wrote for WCTV yesterday,
Sabal Trail Transmission Opens Office in Valdosta,
Valdosta—Agents representing three counties affected by the
Sabal Trail Natural Gas Pipeline will occupy the new office on North
The Valdosta office is not the first office on the pipeline’s route.
Susan Waller, with spectra energy says there are multiple offices in
communities that are hosting the pipeline project.
“Having a local office for Sabal Trail really gives us the
opportunity to be closer to the community. The residents and the
different land owners that are affected by this, in the study
corridor, I think it gives them an opportunity to get to know our
representatives, and I do believe it improves and enhances our
relationship with the community”, says Waller.
And the community
still has many unanswered questions.
visited that building at 2010 North Patterson Street,
also home of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority (VLCIA),
to protest a proposed biomass plant in 2011
and a proposed private prison in 2012.
Both times, the protesters won.
Here’s how Spectra’s VP of Stakeholder Outreach Susan Waller
her assertion quoted in the Valdosta Daily Times Tuesday.
“I want stakeholders to talk to us. They have to ask the
questions so we can answer them,” Waller said. “Keep
talking. Don’t shut down.”
When I asked the FERC representatives at the Madison County meeting
how to get Spectra to answer questions,
file comments with FERC.
Filed with FERC
24 November 2013:
Keren Wynn, Valdosta, GA.
I understand the need for this pipeline, but I am very concerned
about the associated safety risks and the negative impact it will
have on private property owners in Lowndes and Brooks Counties. Our
daughter’s best friend and her family are directly affected with the
proposed pipeline being located just a few feet from their home. I
have concerns for the safety of this family and for my daughter
based on reports of numerous explosions of these types of pipelines
in other areas. This pipeline will run through a rural area that is
only served by volunteer fire departments that are not capable of
handling this type of potential disaster. The focus for Sabal Trail
Transmission, LLC is on profits and not for the safety or well being
of residents of this area. The proposed route should not directly
affect private land owners. This project should be required to
follow a route that utilizes public right of ways. Thank you for
comment with FERC.
5PM tomorrow the Brooks County Commission will meet,
and at 5:30 PM they have invited Sandra Y. Jones to
speak to them about the Sabal Trail Pipeline.
It’s an open public meeting, so the public can attend.
They meet at 610 South Highland Road, Quitman, Georgia.
That’s the old National Guard Armory building.
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