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SpectraBusters in Albany Herald

A bit of publicity about pipeline opposition.

Carlton Fletcher wrote for the Albany Herald Friday 1 Nov 2013, ‘Spectrabusters’ opposes 465-mile Alabama-Georgia-Florida natural gas pipeline: A proposed natural gas pipeline through Dougherty County could distribute a billion cubic feet of gas daily, noting under a pipeline map,

The proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline could potentially come through a portion of Dougherty County.

The story did not include this Spectra map of Dougherty County:

In the Albany Herald story:

But if a determined and growing list of landowners in Georgia, Florida and Alabama have a say in the matter, no Spectra Energy-financed shovelful of earth will ever be turned.

A grassroots group calling itself Spectrabusters has grown from common concern over issues surrounding the Sabal Trail Pipeline, and the group clearly states its platform on the spectrabusters.org website: “This site is dedicated to sharing information about the pipeline and working with people from across the area to make sure this unnecessary pipeline is never built.”

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Pine trees, home sites, and pipeline rights of way –Tim Bland to FERC

Comment on FERC docket PF14-1 16 October 2013. Yes, if this pipeline is so safe and desirable, why can’t it go in public road rights of way? -jsq

Tim Bland, Valdosta, GA.

I am writing in regard to the construction of a new natural gas pipeline by Sable Trails/Spectra Energy, Docket #PF14-1. This proposed line will run right through the middle of my property located at 4801 Gary Lane in Valdosta, Georgia. The majority of the land that will be affected is planted in pine trees, which we use for the harvest and sale of pine straw and eventually the sale of the timber itself. Looking long-term, as a supplement for retirement, we have also considered subdividing this land into 5-acre tracks to sell for home sites.

South Georgia Natural Gas Company pipeline in south Lowndes County Georgia Sable trails is demanding that we sell them a 100′ easement right in the middle of this property, directly adjacent to an existing 50′ gas line easement owned by South Georgia Natural Gas. This will make 150′ right in the middle of our property that we will no longer be able to use for straw and timber harvesting. In addition, because of the route this line takes through our property, it will render this property useless for future home sites. This pipeline will have a direct negative affect on the income earning potential of this property for straw harvesting over the next 25-30 years as well at the long-term earning potential of timber harvesting and sale for home sites.

As I understand it, South Georgia Natural Gas bid on this pipeline project with intentions to place the new line within their existing easement. However they were out bid and now refuse to allow Sable Trails/Spectra to utilize the existing easement. Because of this, Continue reading Pine trees, home sites, and pipeline rights of way –Tim Bland to FERC