Which Houston, Texas pipeline company has sued Ted Turner, Bob Graham,
and dozens of other Georgia landowners, including a Georgia Centennial Farm?
That’s right, Spectra Energy, as in the Sabal Trail fracked methane boondoggle.
Dan Chapman, AJC, 1 May 2016,
South Georgia pipeline fight turns into battle over eminent domain,
Continue reading Sabal Trail sues Georgia landowners for federal eminent domain –Atlanta Journal Constitution
A Texas company wants to condemn private property in Georgia for a
pipeline to deliver energy to Florida.
Update 10 April 2016: And Moultrie, GA April 15th.
Trying to attract local support in counties where it wants compressor stations,
Sabal Trail is holding Contractor Fairs,
Look in the dictionary under chutzpah (insolence), and you’ll see Sabal Trail’s picture.
Two years ago in Gilchrist County, FL,
Sabal Trail admitted Continue reading Sabal Trail Contractor Fairs: Ocala, Live Oak, Albany
Especially preventable after Sabal Trail’s river easements
went down in flames in a historic vote by the Georgia House last week.
L. Elliott Jones, Albany Herald, 28 March 2016,
L. ELLIOTT JONES: Construction of Sabal Trail pipeline is not inevitable
GUEST COLUMNIST: Efforts are still under way to prevent the construction of the gas pipeline,
Carlton Fletcher’s story, “Dougherty County leaders OK
inevitable agreement on pipeline” on March 21, presented only
one part of the current story on the Sabal Trail pipeline. There are
two schools of thought on the Sabal Trail pipeline: those who
believe construction of the pipeline is inevitable, and those who
believe the pipeline can and should be prevented, and are working
hard to do so. No one, in either group, believes it is needed in
Continue reading Construction of Sabal Trail pipeline is not inevitable –L. Elliott Jones
One vote could have stopped this.
One vote could vote out one or more of the four who voted for.
Thanks to Roger Marietta for fighting on.
Carlton Fletcher, Albany Herald, 15 March 2016,
Albany city commissioners agree to Sabal Trail easement payment:
Pipeline company to pay city $165,000 settlement for five easements,
The Albany City Commission voted 4-3 at a called meeting Tuesday
morning to accept a $165,000 payment from Sabal Trail Transmissions
for five easements on city-owned property.
Ward IV City Commissioner Roger Marietta suggested Continue reading Albany, GA caves to Sabal Trail 4-3
Property rights, environment, or safety?
14% pipeline company profit is more important! said FERC.
But this fight is not over.
Without ever appearing on FERC’s public calendar, and a month in advance of when FERC previously said, FERC yesterday issued certificates for Sabal Trail, the Transco Hillabee Expansion Project, and Florida Southeast Connection.
Trial-style evidentiary hearing?
Nope, FERC believes Sabal Trail.
Consolidation of the three dockets into one?
Nope, everybody should have opposed all three, says FERC.
Hey, demographics don’t matter, pipeline siting is
all about engineering and “environmental” issues.
And profit. Don’t forget profit for the pipeline companies.
Nevermind, Continue reading We will accept Sabal Trail’s answers –FERC issues certificates
Johanna de Graffenreid, Gulf Restoration Network, 11 November 2015,
EPA Warns – Sabal Trail Pipeline Threatens Gulf,
Last week, thanks to the courageous efforts of community members across the nation who stood up to the oil industry in their backyards, President Obama vetoed the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. Unfortunately, there’s no rest for the weary and a new threat to our Gulf is rearing its ugly head.
Unless we stand up to Spectra Energy, and the EPA intervenes, the Sabal Trail Pipeline will begin construction in 2016.
There’s more, and a link to a petition to Stop the Southeast Market Pipeline.
“If I am not for myself who is for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” —Hillel the Elder
Or, as the Texians said at Gonzales, the Georgians at Fort Morris, and the Spartans at Thermopylae:
Come and Take It!
Please sign this petition.
The people don’t want Sabal Trail, nor its compressor station.
Nobody but Spectra’s paid person Andrea Grover spoke for Sabal Trail,
and she only did it by email later, not at the hearing.
Pretty good coverage in three local stories.
Carlton Fletcher, Albany Herald, 7 November 2015,
Sabal Trail opponents voice concerns to EPD:
State officials hold air-quality permitting hearing at Albany Tech,
“There’s a great deal of frustration here because the
preponderance of evidence shows that this is a bad project,”
[Gordon] Rogers said. “And while we Continue reading Albany against Sabal Sinkhole Trail at GA-EPD air quality hearing
6:30 PM tonight, 5 November 2015 at Albany Technical College.
Gordon Rogers, Flint Riverkeeper and Gretchen Quarterman, WWALS Watershed Coalition
Here’s the EPD Press Release: Continue reading Tonight! Stop the Sinkhole Trail Pipeline at the Public Hearing, Air Quality, Sabal Trail Albany Compressor –GA-EPD 2015-11-05
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