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 →
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 →
An Oregonian thoroughly explodes the standard pipeline script:
“I guess we could stand having a 232-mile IED in our backyard if it
is really benefits the public. But who, exactly, is the public here?”
His Canadian pipeline moguls are actually both from Houston, Texas:
Williams Company with its Washington Expansion Project (WEP)
getting its fracked methane from Spectra Energy’s Westcoast Pipeline.
Oh, this is another Williams pipeline:
Pacific Connector, going to the same Jordan Cover LNG export terminal
The same Williams Company of Transco’s Hillabee Expansion Project
to feed Spectra Energy’s Sabal Trail pipeline.
The same Sabal Trail that’s suing a Georgia Centennial Family Farm
tomorrow in Moultrie, Georgia.
All the pipeline companies seem to follow the same script,
including Kinder Morgan for its Palmetto Pipeline.
And this Oregonian answered for all of us facing pipeline invaders.
Diarmuid McGuire, Ashland Daily Tidings,
22 January 2015,
Guest Opinion: We’re Oregonians, but we’re not stupid, Continue reading Oregon citizen bursts pipeline company talking points →
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 →
Push Back the Pipeline
can help convince Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
to oppose Sabal Trail like they successfully
opposed the Palmetto pipeline.
In Savannah Thursday May 21st a landowner affected by Sabal Trail and
WWALS Watershed Coalition President John S. Quarterman will make the case
at the Coastal Group of the Georgia Sierra Club.
More details and background from WWALS, and see below about the event.
All opponents of the Sabal Trail and Palmetto pipelines are invited.
Connect Savannah, today, (also on Push Back the Pipeline),
Georgia’s Other Unwanted and Unneeded Pipeline,
When: Thu., May 21, 7 p.m.
Where: First Presbyterian Church
520 Washington Ave Savannah-Eastside
The Palmetto Pipeline is not the only pipeline project in Georgia Continue reading Against Sabal Trail in Savannah 2015-05-21 →
A fossil fuel company can make a real financial offer when it wants to,
not just the pocket change people in the U.S. southeast are being offered
for easements for the Sabal Trail or Palmetto pipelines.
And no offer is enough to outweigh the environmental damage,
was the unanimous vote of a Canadian native group
about a competitor of Spectra Energy.
Brent Jang, Globe and Mail, 8 May 2015,
Environment dwarfs financial merit in LNG deal for B.C. First Nations,
For the Lax Kw’alaams in British Columbia, Thursday’s decision
turned out to be simple — the environmental risks of a massive
liquefied natural gas project far outweighed the financial rewards.
In the second stage of three votes, Continue reading Canadian natives reject $1 billion offer from fossil fuel company: environment more important →
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 →
The pipeline companies are in cahoots to export through all our lands.
Beware especially Suwannee, Columbia, Bradford, and Clay Counties, Florida.
Beware Atlantic coastal Georgia, the same Kinder Morgan (KMI)
of the Palmetto petroleum products Project to Jacksonville
wants to push fracked methane to Jacksonville, apparently for export.
Beware Alabama, Georgia, and Florida on the proposed path of Sabal Trail:
This new Florida project could ship Sabal Trail fracked methane to Jaxport for
In March 2014 TECO Peoples Gas
announced intention to ship fracked methane to Jacksonville,
which the Jacksonville Business Journal interpreted as for export,
since Continue reading Kinder Morgan FERC filing to ship fracked methane to Jacksonville →
No Public Need, Just Pollution and Greed, said the sign that summed up the
overwhelming sentiment of the public.
Jeff Whitten, Bryan County News, 24 April 2015,
Proposed Palmetto Pipeline draws little support:
Dozens speak out against Kinder Morgan at hearing,
Speaker after speaker stood up before a packed room to voice
opposition to the pipeline and Kinder Morgan’s application to the
Georgia Department of Transportation for a certificate of necessity
The DOT said 528 people came to the hearing, and the agency plans to
hold another hearing May 7 in Waynesboro. It also would take written
comments through May 15.
If granted, the certificate would allow Kinder Morgan to Continue reading 528 showed up against Palmetto Pipeline when 150 expected →