Lowndes County citizen Larry Rodgers received this letter from Sabal Trail as dramatized in this video, which also contains many “Pipeline? No!” signs with spectrabusters.org on them, thanks to WACE. That letter and a response by Larry Rodgers’ attorney Bill Langdale are included with the SpectraBusters letter to the judge in Leesburg, GA, where Sabal Trail is demanding eminent domain authority against other landowners, and those landowners are countersuing for criminal trespass. Continue reading Video dramatization of landowner receiving Sabal Trail eminent domain threatening letter
Update 15 February 2014: Now six board members; see Board page.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Valdosta, January 16, 2014 —
The five SpectraBusters board members include directly affected landowners and members of a wide range of groups affected by the pipeline:
Beth Gordon, President, doesn’t want a 36-inch pipeline through her horse farm in Levy County, Florida, where she practices law with The Gordon Law Firm. She filed a legal protest with the Florida Public Service Commission against the pipeline and spoke against it at the Levy County Commission, noting this pipeline is much bigger than previous pipelines or those that blew up recently in Oklahoma or Texas, plus the company behind this pipeline has a long list of fines for PCB pollution by EPA and for property damage, leaks, and negligence by PHMSA.
Larry Rodgers, Treasurer, Continue reading SpectraBusters, Inc. board: all three states along Sabal Trail Pipeline
This is the response from Larry Rodgers’ attorney, Bill Langdale, to the eminent domain letter from Sabal Trail’s attorney. Larry referred to both of these letters on the Chris Beckham radio show this morning. -jsq
LANGDALE VALLOTTON, LLP
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
A LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP
1007 NORTH PATTERSON STREET
P. 0. BOX 1547
VALDOSTA, GEORGIA 31603
TELEPHONE (229) 244~54OO
FACSIMILE (229) 244-0453
December 4, 2013
Via Overnight Delivery and US. First Class Mail
Matthew J. Calvert, Esq.
Hunton & Williams, LLP
600 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30308-2216
RE: Larry Rodgers Investments, LLC’s Response to Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC’s (“Sabal Trail”) November 26, 2013 Survey Permission Request for Natural Gas Pipeline (the “Pipeline“), FERC Docket No. PF14-1-000, located on Tract No. 3219.000, Parcel Id. No. 0099 024 in Lowndes County, Georgia (the “Property”)
Dear Mr. Calvert,
The undersigned and this law firm represent Larry Rodgers Investments, LLC (“Rodgers Investments”). We are in receipt of Sabal Trail’s November 26, 2013 letter referenced above (the “Request”) requesting to perform certain civil, environmental and cultural resource surveys on the Property. Rodgers Investments respectfully denies Sabal Trail’s request to enter the Property for the reasons set forth below.
Thank you for pointing us to O.C.G.A. § 22-3-88 which addresses the eminent domain rights of pipeline companies. We agree that the cases you cite in your letter provide the general rule of law with respect to survey rights of an entity vested with eminent domain authority. However, we disagree that Continue reading Any unauthorized entry by Sabal Trail will be treated as trespass by our client –Bill Langdale
This is the eminent domain letter from a Sabal Trail attorney that Larry Rodgers referred to just now on the Chris Beckham radio show. -jsq
HUNTON & WILLIAMS LLP
600 PEACHTREE STREET. N.E.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30308-2216
TEL 404 – 888 – 4000
FAX 404 – 888 – 4190
MATTHEW J. CALVERT
DIRECT DIAL: 404 – 888 – 4117
FILE NO: 69054.56
November 26, 2013
Via Overnight Delivery and U.S. First Class Mail
Larry Rodgers Investments, LLC
3222 Country Club Road
Valdosta, GA 31605
Attn: Mr. Larry Rodgers
Survey Permission Request for Natural Gas Pipeline (the “Pipeline”),
FERC Docket No. PF 14-1-000, located on Tract No. 3219.000, Parcel Id. No. 0099 024
in Lowndes County, Georgia (the “Property”)
Dear Mr. Rodgers:
This law firm represents Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC (“Sabal Trail”) regarding the Pipeline and its request to perform certain civil, environmental and cultural resource surveys on the Property. Sabal Trail previously has notified you of its legal right and need to enter the Property and received your consent to do so. Although you have recently rescinded your consent to the surveys, Continue reading Eminent domain letter from Sabal Trail attorney
No more, “It caught me off guard.” Landowners are warned now about that pipeline that would cut a 100 foot wide gash through here.
Matthew Woody on the front page of the VDT today, Residents opposed to natural gas pipeline: Concerns about tactics, property damage,
Larry Rodgers of Valdosta owns 900 acres in south Lowndes and he allowed Sabal Trail on his property to survey.
“I received a call from a lady, I think her name was Becky, down in Clearwater, Fla., requesting access to my property, and I allowed it,” Rodgers said. “I allowed them to, and I can’t tell you why I did. It caught me off guard. I wasn’t fully aware of all of the facts about the pipeline like I am now, and if I knew then what I know now, I certainly would not have allowed them to survey.”
Rodgers explained that he allowed Sabal Trail access to survey his property because he did not know a lot about the pipeline. But what made matters worse, Continue reading Landowners oppose intimidation and threats from Sabal Trail