A local landowner said that with no open access in Georgia, Sabal Trail Transmission should have no standing to use Georgia eminent domain law. And Sabal Trail must comply with local, state, and federal laws and ordinances, including ones that could be passed by the Lowndes County Commission, she said at their 10 December 2013 Regular Session.
For example, a depth ordinance, or an ordinance requiring a minimum distance from homes or schools. Or a tax on the pipeline easement. She recommended PipelineSafetyInfo.com. She asked for the Commissioners to use their voice.
As WCTV quoted her in their coverage, she said,
I don’t want to have to fear for my children as they sleep at night.
County Manager Joe Pritchard shuffled papers and alleged County Attorney Walter G. Elliott yawned during these citizen presentations.
Mindy Bland noted Commissioner Powell had asked for an example of the eminent domain letters received, and she had one she would supply. The Chairman asked for a copy of her presentation and questions. She handed them over to the Clerk. Commissioner John Page asked the County Clerk to make those available to the Commissioners.
Here’s the video:
Sabal Trail not a common carrier with open access in Georgia –Mindy Bland
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 10 December 2013.