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
Property rights, environment, health, and safety are why citizens oppose Sabal Trail, including
tonight in Albany
Tuesday in Moultrie or Wednesday in Valdosta.
Be sure to show up by 5:30 PM to sign up to speak.
Caitlyn Chastain, WTOC, 28 September 2015,
Public meetings ahead for Sabal Trail Pipeline, starting today,
It’s a project that has gained a lot of attention and a lot of
Many people are concerned Continue reading Citizens oppose Sabal Trail in Albany, Moultrie, and Valdosta this week –WTOC, Albany, GA
Leases and permanent easements to cross the
Chattahoochee River, Flint River, Ochlockonee River, and Withlacoochee River:
that’s what the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board proposes to
vote on this Wednesday morning, in Atlanta, far from any of the proposed crossings
or the directly affected counties, with no publ ic hearing and minimal public announcement.
You can call them or send them email to ask them not to do that.
Or show up in Atlanta 9AM Wednesday 23 September 2015 and speak; bring a written statement if you do that.
Atlanta metro people, we need you to go to that meeting!
Agenda at this link.
DNR board list
at this link.
DNR didn’t supply any contact information for its board members, but DNR’s
own contact is: Continue reading Call DNR board before Wednesday to stop river land giveaway to Sabal Trail
SpectraBusters sent examples of Sabal Trail’s many threats of eminent domain,
in this letter to
Leesburg for the ongoing eminent domain and criminal trespass trial.
Re: Case number 14CV208RS
Judge Rucker Smith
To: Cindy Clark
Civil Deputy Clerk
Leesburg, Georgia 31763
If it please the court,
SpectraBusters, Inc. is a Georgia nonprofit corporation with board
members and other participants in all three states directly affected
by the Sabal Trail proposed pipeline: Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.
The SpectraBusters board voted Monday March 30th 2015 to send this
letter to the court to express our concerns about Sabal Trail’s
attempts to claim Georgia eminent domain long before it tried to
claim customers in Georgia, as well as possible ill effects
throughout the pipeline route, especially in Georgia, if the judge
were to rule in this case for application of Georgia eminent domain.
Even with Sabal Trail’s claimed agreement with the Metropolitan Gas
Authority of Georgia (MGAG),
Sabal Trail is still “a long way” Continue reading Sabal Trail repeatedly sent letters to landowners claiming Georgia eminent domain authority –SpectraBusters to judge
Yesterday’s crop of intervenors included
Brooks County, Georgia,
Albany Audubon Society,
the county seat of Dougherty County, which filed the previous day,
Today’s the deadline!
Here’s how to file a motion to intervene.
Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia (MGAG) filed.
MGAG is the customer Sabal Trail claimed in Georgia so it could try
to exercise Georgia eminent domain.
Sabal Trail said
Dougherty and Colquitt were the counties
despite both Dougherty County and Albany
having already passed resolutions wanting no Sabal Trail in their
city, county, or state, Colquitt County having passed a resolution against the
pipeline, and the Mayor of Moultrie saying on WCTV
that Moultrie had never been asked if they needed or wanted any gas.
Maybe today we’ll see motions to intervene by
Lowndes County and Valdosta, both of which have
passed resolutions against the pipeline.
That Brooks County motion is hard to find, being filed as Continue reading Albany, MGAG, and Brooks County, GA moved to intervene with Sabal Trail
A FERC comment period ending 15 November 2014 seems to mean
Sabal Trail will miss its 31 October formal filing date.
No relief suggested for crossing the Withlacoochee River at the border
of Brooks and Lowndes Counties, Georgia (or inside Lowndes County
next to Valdosta, according to
several of the previous alternatives).
And every proposed path still crosses the Suwannee River
into Suwannee County.
Maybe that’s because
the Dougherty County Commission and
the Albany City Council actually stood up for
Gilchrist County (see Wacassassa Flats Alternative),
Suwannee County Commission
swallowed Sabal Trail disinformation and
the Lowndes County
Commission and the Valdosta City Council did
one letter from the Chairman)
one letter from one Council member).
There’s still time for Dougherty, Lowndes, and all the other
counties and cities
to pass ordinances, and to lobby state and federal agencies and
elected and appointed officials.
Oh, and there’s an election going on.
Also no mention of
Sabal Trail’s Jasper, Florida Open House,
5-7:30 Tuesday 21 October 2014, but STT’s newspaper notice said the public
is invited, so y’all come!
Filed with FERC today, 15 October 2014,
Supplemental Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environment Impact Statement for the Planned Southeast Market Pipeline Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues etc. re Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC under PF14-1.
No. PF14-1-000 Continue reading Sabal Trail Notice of EIS Intent and Route Alternatives
Quitman Free Press
posted on facebook yesterday this cryptic note:
The Sabal Trail plans to come through Brooks County. See page 12.
Brooks County landowners don’t have to surrender at the first offer
of eminent domain.
Like Georgians at Fort Morris to the British invaders of 1778, they can give
this laconic reply:
Come and Take It!
Florida’s other Senator just intervened with FERC on behalf of
a landowner who has been trying to get reasonable solutions out
of Spectra Energy since at least December.
Sabal Trail is trying to force their unnecessary pipeline through
this Brooks County, Georgia property among others that already have a gas pipeline:
this one also already has an FPL power line.
Why should FPL get to deface anybody’s property for both a power line
and a pipeline while destroying wetlands and trees?
Why do we think this will be the last pipeline if it is allowed to go in?
As the Ryders ask,
“If this was your farm, how would you like it divided?”
How about not at all?
Filed with FERC 6 June 2014 as
Senator Marco Rubio submits comments re the Southeast Market Pipelines Project under PF14-1.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson intervened on behalf of Amelia Longley
back on 1 November 2013.
Cover letter Continue reading It seems that they just draw lines at random –James Ryder via Sen. Marco Rubio
Why would a pipeline company from Houston suffer irreparable harm
if it couldn’t go onto the land of somebody in Georgia?
A judge in one Georgia county bought Sabal Trail’s eminent domain assertions
and now Sabal Trail is citing that to try to get a landowner in Brooks County
to let it on the property to survey for its fracked methane pipeline.
What about private property rights?
The letter dated 12 April 2014 from Sabal Trail
includes this part:
A copy of the Order granting Sabal Trail’s request for injunctive relief,
entered on February 21, 2014,
is enclosed for your review. As you will see, the Order concluded that:
Sabal Trail has the right, incidental to its power of eminent domain,
to enter private property to conduct the Survey Activities.
Delays in conducting the Survey Activities will cause Sabal Trail irreparable harm.
The Survey Activities will not cause substantial harm to the defendant landowners,
nor will the surveys disserve the public interest.
Accordingly, the Order prohibits those landowners from preventing or interfering Continue reading Sabal Trail citing Stewart County injunction in Brooks County, Georgia
Filed with FERC
11 April 2014. -jsq
When this project process first began, Florida
newspapers, such as the ones in Martin County, Gainesville, Ocala,
and others, ran the story with a map of the proposed pipeline, from
FPL, plainly showing the route running from Alabama straight to
Florida completely bypassing Georgia. The now “preferred” route
runs approximately 156 miles, or more through Georgia. Sabal has not
been forthcoming, even in their Resource Report 10, as to the reason
for the change. Has there been any encouragement from any
governmental entity, State or Federal, for Sabal to reroute this
pipeline through the state of Georgia? If yes, which entity and why?
If no, why did FERC allow Sabal to change routes? Cost would be an
In August and September of 2013, landowners who
previously had not agreed to allow Sabal personnel onto their
property began receiving letters first from Sabal and then from the
law firm of Hunton & Williams of Atlanta, Ga., on behalf of
Sabal, using intimidating and Continue reading Does FERC ever question the honesty and integrity of companies such as Sabal? –Sandra Slack