Atlanta has heard about Sabal Trail, Palmetto Project, and several other
proposed pipeline projects three times now from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
It’s time to act.
Greg Bluestein, AJC,
Pipeline project fuels anger in Georgia,
Their proposal comes as pipeline projects — and controversy
surrounding them — pop up across Georgia. A 157-mile Sabal
Trail Pipeline that would cross nine southwest Georgia counties has
sparked outrage in Albany and Valdosta. And Atlanta Gas Light wants
to begin pumping gas from Coweta County
to Dalton by 2017.
But Kinder Morgan’s proposal has struck a throbbing nerve, in part
because of the length of the proposed pipeline — the 320-mile
route stretches by Augusta, Savannah and Jacksonville — and in
part because of the threat of eminent domain hanging over the
“Where do we draw the line? There are no reset buttons,”
Troy Davis, a local landowner, said at one of the town hall meetings
that Kinder Morgan called to calm fears about the project. “It
will be a Kroger, a CVS, a Burger King that comes to this community
and says, ‘Hey, we have a necessity for this.’ ”
That’s why the real solution is for the Georgia legislature
to revoke eminent domain for private companies.
But the legislature doesn’t meet until January,
and we need to stop these pipelines before then.
About Kinder Morgan trespassing 1.7 miles into land owned by Billy Morris,
who also owns the newspapers in Augusta and Savannah: Continue reading Third Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Sabal Trail and Palmetto Project
The woman who stood up for Love Canal residents and caused the federal
government to create Superfunds now calls for a nationwide fracking ban.
And with no fracking, there will be no new pipelines!
Buffalo News, 13 July 2015,
Another Voice: Federal fracking ban should follow New York’s lead,
By Lois Marie Gibbs
On June 29, New York took the final step in the process to ban
fracking, following the announcement of the ban last December based
on significant public health risks. In many ways, the ban stems from
the large movement of activists and scientists who raised their
voices and showed clearly that fracking has unacceptable dangers.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo deserves tremendous praise for standing up to
the oil and gas industry and protecting the public health and safety
of all New Yorkers.
Unfortunately, the federal government’s plans for fracking contrast
poorly Continue reading Follow New York State and ban fracking nationwide –Lois Gibbs
Local ordinances lead to state laws banning fracking and pipelines.
And don’t forget Sabal Trail has to get permits from the Georgia
Department of Transportation for road crossings and an air quality permit
from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for the Albany compressor
station, or no pipeline.
There is plenty local, state, and federal elected officials can do to
stop this invading fracked methane destruction and hazard.
Rev. Ezekiel Holly
called on local officials to act.
Here are some ways how.
How about a county ordinance rooted in
the Comprehensive Plan?
A local ordinance was used by Jefferson County, Florida to keep Nestle out of the same
Local ordinances have been used in Pennsylvania to stop pipelines, and
upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Local ordinances were used across New York State to ban fracking,
upheld by the state Court of Appeals,
until the state government finally took up the cause and
banned fracking statewide.
Now New York state residents are saying Continue reading Fracking and pipeline bans start at the local level
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
Atlanta is surrounded by pipeline invaders, and Steve Caley nailed why:
“The public-use doctrine is being twisted and abused by many
companies proposing to build these pipelines that are really not for
a public purpose, but for a private profit,” said Steve Caley,
the interim director of Atlanta-based GreenLaw, an environmental
nonprofit. “There needs to be a change in the law to further
circumscribe the use of eminent domain.”
Dan Chapman, AJC, 13 June 2015,
New pipelines fuel fights over property,
recorded another pipeline company deliberately missing the point: Continue reading Pipeline companies abusing public-use doctrine –Steven Caley, GreenLaw, in AJC
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
This meeting format sounds like the Open Houses Sabal Trail held to snow and bully landowners.
And notice it’s always “80 percent survey approval”,
yet we never get to see any list of landowners?
Plus pipeline companies are always working to improve their safety record,
except it never seems to improve.
See below for some recent highlights of KMI’s long lack of safety record.
T.J. Lundeen, North Augusta Star, 21 May 2015,
Palmetto Pipeline of confusion: Session in North Augusta leaves many baffled, Continue reading KMI playing same tricks for Palmetto as Sabal Trail did
Please sign this petition to
Please Ban The Sabal Trail Fracked Gas Pipeline.
Congratulations again to Push Back the Pipeline for convincing
GA Gov. Deal and Lt. Gov. Cagle to oppose Kinder Morgan’s Palmetto Project
the Georgia Dept. of Transportation to deny KMI a permit.
Now it’s time for the same for the Sabal Trail Pipeline.
The permitting process is different,
but opposition from the state of Georgia could stop this invader, too. Continue reading Petition Georgia Governor Nathan Deal: Oppose Sabal Trail like you oppose the Palmetto Pipeline
Most of the 400 people at the final Georgia Department of Transportation hearing
vehemently opposed Kinder Morgan’s Palmetto petroleum products Pipeline.
There’s still time to ask GDOT to deny the Palmetto permit.
Now is the time also to ask GDOT to deny any permits for the Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline,
and for Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle
to oppose Sabal Trail like they just said they oppose the Palmetto Project.
That’s SpectraBusters ally Gretchen Elsner of the Georgia Climate Coalition
on the Friday front page of the
Savannah Morning News,
Clapping in the blue shirt is Continue reading Massive opposition to KMI Palmetto Pipeline in Waynesboro + Sabal Trail
Push Back the Pipeline for this victory!
Party in Waynesboro tonight! Georgia Governor Nathan Deal today
said the state and GDOT oppose Kinder Morgan’s Palmetto Project,
and will take it to the courts if necessary.
the GDOT Hearing in Waynesboro anyway, as a victory party.
And if Georgia objects to KMI’s Palmetto pipeline,
Georgia should object to Spectra’s Sabal Trail pipeline.
WRDW, 7 May 2015,
Georgia’s Governor says the state is against pipeline project,
“We’re going to object from the state level and I think that process
will then go to the courts for a judge to decide,” Gov. Deal said.
“We’ve been in consultation with Continue reading GA Gov. says state opposes KMI’s Palmetto Pipeline