Gretchen Quarterman stood up for local landowners, the economy, and the environment, by reading the statement against the pipeline recently approved by the Lowndes County Democratic Party, of which she is the chair, at the Valdosta FERC Scoping Meeting 4 March 2014.
Here’s the video:
Lowndes County Democratic Party opposes the Sabal Trail Methane Pipeline –Gretchen Quarterman
Sabal Trail Methane Pipeline,
Scoping Meeting, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC),
Video by John S. Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 4 March 2014.
Here’s the text she was reading: Lowndes County Democratic Committee Opposes Sabal Trail Methane Pipeline
Georgia Democrats believe we have a moral obligation to leave our children and grandchildren with an earth as safe, beautiful, and majestic as the one bequeathed to us by our parents and grandparents.
The Sabal Trail Pipeline is proposed to move Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) from fracking sites to Florida. Fracking is a known polluting technique, leaving behind undrinkable water and unusable earth. Florida is the Sunshine State and could generate any needed electricity from less expensive and more environmentally friendly renewable sources of solar and wind.
Georgia Democrats believe in and uphold every citizen’s right to equal and impartial justice under the law.
The taking of privately owned property by a private company is a property rights issue. Putting corporations above citizens is not equal, nor is it impartial. Lowndes County property owners have a right to say who can and cannot use their property and a LNG pipeline that benefits no Georgians is a property rights violation.
Existing pipelines have a history of failures from poor monitoring and maintenance which have resulted in explosions, fires and deaths. The safety of Lowndes County citizens should be a top priority of our local and state governments.
The Committee urges citizens to attend the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission meeting on Tuesday, March 4th at 6:00pm at the Holiday Inn at 1805 West Hill Avenue Valdosta, GA 31601 and express their opposition to this pipeline.
LCDP: Winning the Future in South Georgia
The Lowndes County Democratic Party promotes development of Party organization and activities, seeks and encourages qualified candidates for public office, supports Democratic nominees, performs such election functions as are required by law, maintains appropriate records, promotes and adds logistical support to the State Affirmative Action program, and raises funds for the above purposes.
Chair — LCDP
Treasurer — LCDP
PS: I am also an LCDC member.