U.S. Rep. Bishop to listen to landowners about Sabal Trail pipeline

Maybe Lowndes County Commissioners can ask Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08) to do what Dougherty County Commissioners have successfully asked Rep. Bishop (GA-02) to do: those two Congressional districts cover the entire Georgia part of the proposed path of that methane pipeline. And maybe they could help Greenlaw get the FERC scoping period extended and get the GIS data from Sabal Trail.

Carlton Fletcher wrote for the Albany Herald yesterday, U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop to take part in pipeline listening session: Metting called to address safety, other concerns surrounding controversial natural gas pipeline,

Two Dougherty County Commissioners and one of their former colleagues who is running to rejoin them have scheduled a listening session at 10 a.m. Thursday with U.S. House District 2 Congressman Sanford Bishop to discuss the proposed Sabal Trail Transmission Gas Pipeline project and a planned accompanying compressor station that could transport up to a billion cubic feet of natural gas a day through portions of the county.

District 2 Commissioner John Hayes, District 3’s Clinton Johnson and former District 5 Commissioner Gloria Gaines, who is seeking the commission chairmanship in the May 20 Democratic primary, asked Bishop to attend the session being held to allow citizens to provide feedback and share concerns about the multibillion-dollar pipeline project.

“When we made the appeal to Congressman Bishop, he was very willing to take part in the listening session,” Gaines said Monday morning of the session scheduled for Room 100 of the Dougherty County Government Center at 222 Pine Ave. “We got an answer from his office right away, and that’s very encouraging.

“What we’d like is for the congressman to make sure federal officials (with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) are listening to the questions we’re asking, and we’d like to hear what he can do to assure us they’re listening.”

There’s more in the article.

And here’s more background about Rep. Bishop’s positions and new information he may not yet have.

See also Greenlaw’s request on behalf of Georgia Sierra Club, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Flint Riverkeeper, and a group of landowners in Dougherty County to extend the FERC scoping period and to get GIS data from Sabal Trail.

And why stop with Rep. Bishop and Rep. Scott? Here are links to contact information for every member of Congress along the entire pipeline path in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, as well as state legislators, county commissioners, and city councils of county seats.