No letters from Lowndes County back to Sabal Trail were included in
the open records response of last week, so should we conclude
the county has not authorized surveys on any of its properties?
The request to Lowndes County was for correspondence with Sabal Trail Transmission LLC about the proposed
natural gas pipeline from Anniston, Alabama to Orlando, Florida,
and the response included
survey authorization forms for a list of
parcels owned by Lowndes County, plus assorted descriptions and
maps with very little detail.
Sabal Trail still didn’t have a contract with Florida Power and Light,
“Field survey work is scheduled to begin in September 2013.”
It looks like Sabal Trail sent letters about a bunch of parcels and then more about another one later.
First they sent
an introduction 19 June 2013 listing
parcels 0146A-074-A, 0171 178, 0172 119, 0204 001,
including a map.
This appears to be the same map
we’ve seen before posted by various news media:
Map: 36" Greenfield Pipeline Approx. 465 Miles
Then they sent
a letter 22 June 2013 with
a survey authorization form
for the same parcels.
Then they sent separate letters 25 June 2013 for parcels
0172 119, 0204 001.
Also on 25 June 2013
Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter informed us:
Lowndes County does not benefit from this proposal and has no
responsibility for the approval other than that of a property owner
potentially impacted by the proposed route as any other property owner
in Lowndes County would be.
Apparently Sabal Trail thought of another one, because a few weeks later
a cover letter 15 July 2013
for Parcels 0098 003, 0098 004 with
a slightly more detailed map,
followed a few days later by
a survey authorization form 19 July 2013.
Map of Options A and B
Scans of all these letters are
on the LAKE website.