Spectra starts trying to walk back its previous eminent domain statements, as WCTV reveals MGAG didn’t ask Moultrie before saying Colquitt County needed gas from Sabal Trail, and even MGAG says that deal wouldn’t (yet) affect eminent domain.
Picking up where the VDT left the MGAG Sabal Trail gas eminent domain story, Winnie Wright waved the bloody letter on WCTV yesterday 2 December 2014, New Sabal Trail Project Has Many South Georgia Residents Worried About Eminent Domain, and after quoting the eminent domain threat from that Sabal Trail attorney letter, said:
Rodgers’ attorney wrote a counter letter arguing that unless Sabal Trail provides gas in the State of Georgia, they cannot exercise Eminent Domain rights in Georgia. They also argued that Georgia law requires “special procedures” from pipeline companies. One of those “Special Procedures” being that the pipeline company would have to obtain a Certificate of Public Good and Necessity. Many are now wondering, with Sabal Trail installing two natural gas ‘taps’ for Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia, or MGAG, in Colquitt and Dougherty counties this week, will they be able to cite Eminent Domain and force local land owners to hand over their property?
“Eminent Domain is something that requires a certificate from FERC, and right now we have only submitted our application. This is simply a step for us to do that survey work and we’re taking this one step at a time”, says Andrea Grover, Director of Stakeholder Outreach for Spectra Energy.
MGAG says it has accepted Sabal Trail’s offer for two taps on their pipeline when it’s built, but say they are a long way away from providing that gas to residents of South Georgia.
“Taps do not provide gas in to the state. That would require a meter station in the future, so I’m not an attorney, not involved in Eminent Domain, don’t believe the side taps should have any impact at all on that issue”, says Michael Frey, Chief Operating Officer for MGAG.
“There’s been no discussion about any of the ramifications of whether we’d want it, or whether we wouldn’t want it”, said Moultrie Mayor, Bill McIntosh.
Residents with concerns about the pipeline are encouraged to attend tonight’s Moultrie City Council meeting in City Hall at six.
MGAG backfiring much, Spectra?