Twice in five years a sinkhole big enough to risk rerouting a road appears in Lowndes County, Georgia, in the same fragile karst limestone Valdosta limesink terrain Sabal Trail proposes to gouge through What if a sinkhole drops under that pipeline, and, like FGT in 2013, Sabal Trail declares force majeure and doesn’t pay?
Filed with FERC 24 July 2015 as Accession Number: 20150724-5034, “Comment of Roger B. Marietta in Docket(s)/Project(s) CP15-17-000 Submission Date: 7/24/2015”
Roger B. Marietta, Albany, GA.
A developer in our City was told by the Sabal Trail right of way acquisition people that the 36″ pipe would only be buried 3 feet deep in non agricultural areas. My concern and that of other Veterans is what happens to pipelines in Iraq where a man with a shovel can dig up the dirt above a pipeline and then either tap into it or unleash an act of terrorism. With all the ISIS attacks in America recently, this pipeline is a “soft” target that has Continue reading This pipeline is a soft target that has inadequate security measures –Roger Marietta to FERC
Call the Georgia Governor, ecomment to FERC, and boycott Florida Tourism, Albany and Dougherty County leaders ask.
And it’s within a few miles of a school, notes Bishop June Burr, retired NASA engineer. As videographer Thomas Swain says:
Continue reading You will hear that Sabal Trail compressor sound in your sleep –June Burr
Bishop Burr is well heeled on emission standards and the potential with potential calamities associated with pumping stations. PAY ATTENTION!
Polite complaints to FERC, even demands, aren’t working, not even from elected officials at every level, city (Albany), county (Dougherty), state (Georgia), and federal. Now they are escalating to demonstrations and flooding FERC with comments while getting in the news.
Tracey Smith, WFXL, 9 July 2015, Top leaders meet to stop the Sabal Trail,
For years local leaders have been fighting against the Sabal Trail pipeline and the compressor station set to be built in Albany and Dougherty County. Now it’s time for the final push against the project.
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Georgia State Representative Winfred Dukes, County Commissioner John Hayes, Albany Commissioner Roger Marietta and other top leaders all got together in one room, for one reason: to stop the Sabal Trail from happening.
Their concerns range from Continue reading Albany and Dougherty County, GA leaders meet to stop Sabal Trail
Two protests in one day; three in a week: Dougherty County is haunting Spectra! You can join them this evening at 5:30 PM, and you can help from anywhere by commenting to FERC, signing a petition to the Georgia governor, and contacting your elected and appointed officials.
Carlton Fletcher, Albany Herald, 17 July 2015, Albany pipeline protesters take cause to Sabal Trail office | PHOTO GALLERY: Group gathers for silent protest at local office of pipeline contractor
A group of between 30 and 40 protesters gathered at the Sabal Trail Transmission office on Evelyn Avenue Friday to voice their continued opposition to the $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline that is projected to pass through Dougherty County on the way from central Alabama to central Florida.
The group also is opposed Continue reading Sabal Trail protested in Albany, GA this morning, again this evening 2015-07-17
Spectra Keep Out, say Dougherty County protesters Friday. (PDF)
The Sabal Trail compressor station and pipeline will endanger and devalue our community.
Join us in a silent protest at Sabal’s office
Friday, July 17 from 9:30 a.m.
1301 Evelyn Avenue,
in front of the Dougherty County jail.
This is our community and our county. Bring your Continue reading Silent Protest to Keep Sabal Trail out of Dougherty County, GA 2015-07-17
A FERC comment submission form appears along with a letter by Roger Marietta, Albany City Councilman, in the Georgia Sierra Club newsletter based on the recent Albany Herald silent protest story about Spectra Energy of Houston Texas’ invading Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline and its Albany compressor station. Excerpt:
It is clear that the Sabal Trail Pipeline will destroy our local environment, and is hazardous to private property, health, and the local economy. The evidence has shown that this massive pipeline is not needed; Continue reading Sierra Club FERC comment submission form for Sabal Trail Albany Compressor
Gasland posted on facebook a picture of an ad against fracking, pipelines, and LNG export in the New York Times 9 July 2015 by Yoko Ono, Gasland, Food and Water Watch, and many other groups. You can sign onto that letter here.
Everything it says applies as much to Alabama, Georgia, and Florida and the Williams-Spectra-FPL Transco-Sabal Trail-FSC fracked methane pipeline chain as it does to New York and Williams’ “Constitution Pipeline”. Here are a few excerpts:
By now the whole world knows that Fracking is bad for your health! It is bad for communities and it is bad for the climate. That is why I am so glad that New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo banned fracking.
But now we are facing the gas industry who are still trying to Frack New York. The fracked gas industry wants to build a pipeline that would cut across New York state like a scar that never heals. It goes by the ridiculous and Orwellian name “The Constitution Pipeline”. How dare they!
We cannot allow another poisonous plan for our beautiful state that we all love.
We must stop fracking, which means we must not transport fracked gas across our state where it is headed for foreign export markets. The danger to our homes, is also Continue reading Stopping fracking means stopping pipelines: Yoko Ono et al. in the New York Times
FERC previously denied a Spectra pipeline, and now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) may prevent one. After three months of asking, John Peconom of FERC divulged how many pipelines FERC had ever denied: two, of which one was for a pipeline from an LNG site in Providence, Rhode Island, proposed by KeySpan LNG, L.P. and Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC, and denied by FERC 5 July 2005. According to Spectra Energy:Continue reading Spectra already lost at FERC once; could also lose at NRC