Sierra Club FERC comment submission form for Sabal Trail Albany Compressor

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; it would be the third proposed gas pipeline to Florida; and we have found no justification for another natural gas pipeline when solar power is cheaper, faster, safer, far less environmentally damaging, and brings more jobs with no need for eminent domain to take private property. If the pipeline is to be built at all, it should be built along an existing route.

Further, Spectra, a Houston-based energy corporation, has plans to build the compressor station, which is currently proposed to travel through the densely populated Dougherty County, along with the Sabal Trail Pipeline. Spectra announced last month that it would move the compressor station from the Newton Road site to the west side of the county – near two schools, hundreds of residential homes and Mt. Zion church.

Jerry Funderburk, resident displaced by Sabal Trail PipelinThis is Jerry Funderburk (source: Albany Herald). He, his wife and three children are one of 50 families that will be displaced after living for over 15 years in the area. He has campaigned to raise awareness in the community about this issue. Another 500+ homes located within a mile and a half of the proposed location will be subjected to noise at all hours of the day and night. Additionally, cancer rates are high in the vicinity of existing gas pipelines and compressor stations. Meanwhile, Sabal has reported to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that “landowners have been notified and have no concerns.”

Please submit your comments to FERC opposing the construction of the Sabal Trail Pipeline and the proposed Spectra sompressor station by Monday, July 20!

That last link leads to a FERC comment submission form Sierra Club has put together.

If you’d rather do it yourself, here’s step by step how to send an ecomment to FERC.

And don’t forget to sign the Petition to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal: Oppose Sabal Trail like you oppose the Palmetto Pipeline.