Now streaming online:
At What Cost? Pipelines, Pollution and Eminent Domain in the Rural South,
by Mark Albertin.
And yes, he’s happy for it to be shown elsewhere; just ask, and you can set up a local viewing like
in Live Oak last night, or the previous premieres along the Georgia coast.
Most of the issues are the same for
Spectra Energy’s invading Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline
as for Kinder Morgan’s invading Palmetto petroleum products pipeline
that is the subject of the movie.
Thanks to Push Back the Pipeline for getting this movie made about Kinder Morgan’s proposed petroleum products pipeline from South Carolina across the Georgia coast to Jacksonville, Florida.
Special thanks to Eileen, Lori, and Debra and the Woman’s Club of Live Oak for the movie showing last night, to WWALS Watershed Coalition and the Woman’s Club of Live Oak for hosting, and to Our Santa Fe River, and Gulf Restoration Network for helping promote it.
Don’t forget the hike to the Suwannee River Sabal Trail crossing 8:15 AM Thursday 28 February 2016 with Suwannee and Hamilton County Commissioners.
Spectra Energy of Houston, Texas wants to gouge Sabal Trail from Continue reading Movie online: At What Cost? Pipelines, Pollution and Eminent Domain in the Rural South
This document appears to say the federal government can’t take
private property “merely for the purpose of advancing
the economic interest of private parties”,
which would seem to preclude federal eminent domain being applied
for the Sabal Trail pipeline if its gas is really for export.
Executive Order 13406 of June 23, 2006,
Protecting the Property Rights of the American People,
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the
laws of the United States of America, and to strengthen the rights of the
American people against the taking of their private property, it is hereby
ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights
of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking
of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the
taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of
benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing
the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of
the property taken. Continue reading Executive Order 13406: Protecting the Property Rights of the American People
Received Sunday on
Stranded fossil fuel assets. -jsq
Governmental eminent domain powers have been growing for more than
115 years, to the point where courts have upheld the taking of
property from one private owner for the purpose of transferring it
to another, as long as it benefits the public. The
Natural Gas Act
eminent domain powers
to the pipeline companies,
subject to court approval.
However there’s no mechanism in place to dispute
the taking. Things to consider:
How does this benefit the public by taking land from the public?
Is there an irrefutable study that
shows this act of taking of private land is justifiable by needs
other than capitalistic greed?
Also, what about the mineral rights of the property?
How many “pipes” or infrastructures can
the Pipeline Company sell or lease access to other entities without
any future benefits paid to the original land owners?
Are all Continue reading How does this pipeline benefit the public by taking land from the public?
Filed with FERC
24 November 2013:
Keren Wynn, Valdosta, GA.
I understand the need for this pipeline, but I am very concerned
about the associated safety risks and the negative impact it will
have on private property owners in Lowndes and Brooks Counties. Our
daughter’s best friend and her family are directly affected with the
proposed pipeline being located just a few feet from their home. I
have concerns for the safety of this family and for my daughter
based on reports of numerous explosions of these types of pipelines
in other areas. This pipeline will run through a rural area that is
only served by volunteer fire departments that are not capable of
handling this type of potential disaster. The focus for Sabal Trail
Transmission, LLC is on profits and not for the safety or well being
of residents of this area. The proposed route should not directly
affect private land owners. This project should be required to
follow a route that utilizes public right of ways. Thank you for
comment with FERC.