Sabal Trail targets those most vulnerable, the
“elderly, disabled and without monetary or political means to “fight” such an environmentally intrusive plan.”
Filed with FERC 23 October 2015 as Accession Number 20151023-5278,
“Comment of Senator Freddie Powell Sims under CP15-17”:
FREDDIE POWELL SIMS
110-A State Capitol
Atlanta. Georgia 30334
Phone: (404) 463-5259
Fax: (404) 463-2279
Interstate Cooperation, Vice-Chairman
Education and Youth, Secretary
Natural Resources and the Environment
The State Senate
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
October 20, 2015
Kimberly D. Bose
Federal Energy Regulation Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washingtun, DC 20426
Dear Ms. Bose:
As State Senator for District 12 in the State of Georgia, I write
this letter in opposition to the proposed Sabal Pipeline location in
the populous area of Dougherty County / Albany, Georgia. The Sabal
Pipeline proposed location is a “reckless” proposal that negates the
health and safety of current and future residents of Dougherty
County / Albany, Georgia. Many of the residents Continue reading Sabal Trail is a reckless proposal –GA State Senator Sims to FERC
Writing directly to the FERC Commissioners,
these representatives stand up for the people against
pipeline company greed.
For immediate release: Friday, October 23, 2015
Contact: Max Gigle, 202-225-3631
PROPOSED SABAL TRAIL RAISES ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, HEALTH CONCERNS
CONGRESSMAN BISHOP AND GEORGIA HOUSE DEMOCRATS DEMAND ALTERNATIVES
ALBANY, GA — Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02)
spearheaded a letter with Congressmen John Lewis (GA-05), Henry
‘Hank’ Johnson Jr. (GA-04), and David Scott (GA-13) to the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) raising concerns regarding Sabal
Trail’s application for a certificate of public convenience and
necessity to construct a 516-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter natural gas
pipeline through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The letter
especially cites the proposed location of the pipeline and an
accompanying compressor station in Albany, Georgia, which is located
in Dougherty County. The proposed location raises serious
environmental justice issues that have not been fully addressed by
FERC in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the
Congressman Bishop, as well as Representatives Lewis, Scott, and
Johnson, are members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which
has highlighted issues of environmental justice. The Environmental
Protection Agency defines environmental justice as, Continue reading Four Congress members demand Sabal Trail move off of Albany, GA
6:30 PM 5 November 2015 at Albany Technical College.
Here’s the EPD Press Release:
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Environmental Protection Division
Air Protection Branch
4244 International Parkway • Suite 120 • Atlanta • Georgia 30354
404/363-7000 • Fax: 404/363-7100
Judson H. Turner, Director
For Immediate Release Contact: Thomas Smith — 404-362-2790
EPD to Host Q&A Session and Public Hearing in Albany
on Sabal Trail Air Quality Permit Application
(ATLANTA — October 21, 2015) — The Georgia Environmental
Protection Division (EPD) will host a forum on Thursday, Nov. 5 Continue reading Public Hearing, Air Quality, Sabal Trail Albany Compressor –GA-EPD 2015-11-05
Citizens renamed Sabal Trail the Sinkhole Pipeline because it doesn’t belong in the sinkhole-prone karst limestone of the Floridan Aquifer.
FERC can’t say they weren’t told, since videographers followed them
through all four cities so far; see for yourself.
Albany, Monday 28 September 2015, videos by Thomas Swain
Moultrie, Tuesday 29 September 2015, videos by Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE)
“You tell us you’re sorry and it happens again”, said Continue reading Videos: Citizens against Sabal “Sinkhole” Trail pipeline to FERC in Albany, Moultrie, Valdosta, and Lake City
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
Rally against pipeline and compressor station September 28th, Monday
430pm at Albany Civic Center, sign up to speak at FERC hearing at
530pm, speak at FERC hearing starting at 6pm.
Please remember that scientific studies show that within one mile of a
gas compressor station in New York, which is 1/4 the size of the one
planned for Albany (meaning it will impact people within a 4 miles
radius) , the following impacts on health were recorded:
asthma, nosebleeds, headaches, and rashes
elevated levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen
- increased mortality rate of persons over 65
double the risk of autism in expectant mothers in the third trimester
Some people think Continue reading Oppose Sabal Trail at FERC Albany, GA 2015-09-28
A Spectra compressor station in Pennsylvania blew oil over local crops in 2009,
and Pennsylvania fined Spectra $22,000 for that in 2010.
Spectra’s Andrea Grover told me in 2013 that everybody there was happy.
Mike Benard explained
actually that wasn’t the case.
Benard later wrote sage words:
Spectra Energy: Trust Facts Not Promises.
Better to stop Spectra’s Albany compressor station before it has a chance to spew.
Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, Press Release, 31 March 2010,
DEP Fines Steckman Ridge $22,000 for Air, Water Quality Violations:
Malfunctioning Compressor Discharged Industrial Oil to Surrounding Properties, Continue reading Spectra was fined for Steckman Ridge compressor blowout
There will be another public comment period and a public hearing on
Sabal Trail’s latest air quality permit application, said
Eric Cornwell of GA-EPD just now by telephone. He also said:
“So far, nobody seems to want this thing. Usually somebody is
for jobs or taxes, but not this time. One of the first times I’ve
run into a situation where neither the residents nor the county
officials want it.”
I mentioned that more than a year ago in Gilchrist County, Florida,
Sabal Trail had admitted they had already Continue reading EPD will hold a public hearing about Sabal Trail compressor air quality permit
Will Spectra sue to avoid protecting gopher tortoises like it
challenged a fine for not protecting the western toad?
Here’s a comment on
We are outraged…:
As a resident of Dougherty county, Georgia, I feel it imperative
that I voice my opposition to the proposed path of the Sabal
pipeline through the property behind my home. The land where the
proposed pipeline is to be located is home to several endangered
species, as well as several areas of wetlands. In walking the
property during the winter months, we have seen
gopher tortoises, Continue reading Building the pipeline would endanger the quality of the ecosystem –Rosanne Lewis
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
Dougherty County is the only Continue reading We are outraged about a proposed gas pipeline cutting through our property!! –Sarah Phillips to GA-DNR