As a Commissioner said, “It don’t pass the smell test” that Sabal Trail already bought land for a compressor station before they even filed for a formal permit. A Commissioner said “We have to be more aggressive.” Well, then, time to pass a land-user ordinance against pipelines! Thanks to Jennifer Maloney, you can see for yourself Albany and Dougherty County citizens and Commissioners opposing the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline in a community effort at a Dougherty County Commission meeting 15 September 2014.
Lowndes County citizens, do you see any difference in the way the Dougherty County Commission operates, sitting around a table discussing directly with citizens, vs. the Lowndes County Commission sitting on its podium at work sessions, not letting citizens speak?
Dougherty County citizens, you do realize these alternative routes you’re talking about all go through somebody else’s populated areas and wetlands, 4 out of 5 routes in Georgia through Lowndes County, and 3 out of 5 through Tifton and Valdosta? And I’m glad somebody brought up that wetlands and farmlands are not appropriate places for that pipeline, either. If you want to get more aggressive, how about abandon just NIMBY and step up to opposing this pipeline entirely? We need not just a per-county or even a per-state effort. We need a tri-state (AL,GA,FL) and national opposition to private companies gouging pipelines through other people’s fields, forests, and cities for LNG export profit.
Here are maps of those Alternatives 1-4:
- Alternative 4: Richland, Preston, Americus, Cordele, Ashburn and I-75 FERC to Sabal Trail
- Alternative 3: Albany, Camilla, Thomasville, Monticello, Capps FERC to Sabal Trail
- Alternative 2: MP 141 -> US 82 -> I-75 -> FL Turnpike FERC to Sabal Trail and watch out Albany Mall, Deerfield-Windsor School, Kerr Gardens Park and Pond, Miller-Coors Albany Brewery, Pilot Travel Center and of course the Flint River at the US 82 bridge!
- Alternative 1: US 82 -> I-75 -> FL Turnpike FERC to Sabal Trail. After Dawson and Albany, new Georgia cities Sylvester, Tifton, Adel, Hahira, Valdosta in Georgia (right past Lowndes High School), and Jennings, Lake City, Alachua, Gainesville, Ocala, Wildwood, and Ferndale in Florida. If you thought this pipeline wouldn’t affect you, think again.
And here are Sabal Trail’s own maps of those and other alternatives.
Here are links to each video, followed by a video playlist:
- Ridiculous to put a compressor station in a populated area
- A community effort
- Get FERC and Sabal Trail here at same time
- It don’t pass the smell test: Sabal Trail already bought land for the compressor
- FERC, Sabal Trail, USACE invited for 29 Sept 2014
- Wetlands and farmland
- FERC and EPA regulations –Dinorah Hall
- We have to be more aggressive –a Commissioner
- Radium Springs Neighborhood Association request –Nancy Barclay
- Alternative routes and a compressor station video
- Populated areas and wetlands.
- Include school board?
- Sabal Trail has already bought the land –Gloria Gaines
- Why Dougherty County? And GA-EPD air permit –Gloria Gaines
- Why land purchase in advance of permit approval?
- FERC’s John Peconom said he can’t control Sabal Trail –Dinorah Hall
- $1 million is pocket change for Sabal Trail –Dinorah Hall
- Construction costs –Dinorah Hall
- Sabal Trail needs multiple permits –Dinorah Hall
- Sabal Trail has actually purchased property
- The old line –Dinorah Hall
- Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act
- Georgia EPD and federal EPA
- Sabal Trail bought property from Down Home Plantation 24 May 2014
- Fire station
Here’s a video playlist:
Videos of Dougherty County citizens opposing Sabal Trail pipeline
Work Session, Dougherty County Commission (DCC),
Video by Jennifer Maloney for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia, 15 September 2014.