He concluded, “There’s nothing beneficial to the state of Georgia in this pipeline.”
Some Commissioners had never heard of Sabal Trail:
now they have, from local resident Alton Paul Burns,
9 December 2014 Thomas County Commission Regular Session,
and they know it could come right through Thomasville.
among themselves, one Commissioner remarked that the pipeline
wouldn’t go through her place, but it was still a concern, and they
should ask Sabal Trail to come explain themselves.
Sabal Trail’s route Alternative 3
would run through Thomasville,
and FERC could pick any route, no matter which one Sabal Trail prefers.
Plus, with Lowndes County about to
the resolution wanting Sabal Trail out of Lowndes County
it already sent to FERC
Valdosta scheduled to vote Thursday night on a resolution of support for Lowndes County’s opposition,
the only proposed Sabal Trail route through Georgia
that doesn’t go through Lowndes County
Alternative 3 through Thomasville.
Thomas County could do what Dougherty County and Albany already did,
and Lowndes County and Valdosta are about to do:
pass an ordinance saying no pipeline in this county, and no pipeline
in the state of Georgia.
Watch out Dougherty, Mitchell, and Thomas Counties Georgia,
and Jefferson, Taylor, Lafayette, Suwannee, and Columbia Counties, Florida, and the Flint, Ochlockonee, Aucilla, Ecofina, Suwannee, and Santa Fe Rivers: Alternative 3 is for you!
County Commissions and city councils in the county seats of Camilla, Thomasville,
Monticello, Perry, Mayo, Live Oak, and Lake City
may want to
take action like Jefferson County already did to stop water bottling,
as may Alachua, Gainesville, Ocala, Wildwood, The Villages, and Ferndale in Alachua, Marion, Sumter, and Lake Counties, Florida.
Alternative 3 in
FERC’s recent instructions for Sabal Trail to “include analyses” begins
Alternative 2 near Armena, GA and goes through Albany,
then veers due south.
beginning at approximately MP 141 (near Albany, Georgia) and following Highway 82 to Highway 19 (Slappy Boulevard) in Albany, Georgia; then following Highway 19 through Albany, Camilla, and Thomasville, Georgia to the FGT pipeline corridor south of Capps, Florida; then following the FGT pipeline corridor to I-75 and the Alternate 1 and 2 routes to the proposed endpoint.
Nova Scotia announced a ban on fracking.
Will local or state governments in the southeast, now threatened
by the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline,
ban such pipelines?
Especially since FERC has now directed Sabal Trail to examine
routes through Americus, Cordele, Ashburn, Tifton, Adel, Valdosta, and even Thomasville,
to the ones it already proposed through Dougherty, Colquitt, Brooks, and Lowndes Counties?
“Public meetings held by the panel were attended by an
overwhelming majority of well-informed citizens who had deep
concerns about fracking,” according to [Gretchen] Fitzgerald,
“Those concerns should be met with the type of leadership they
deserve: an immediate, legally binding ban.”
He said you can get it as close to him as Quarterman Road.
I can attest to that because I have 3 megabit per second DSL,
due to being just close enough to Bellsouth’s DSL box on Cat Creek Road,
but most of Quarterman Road can’t get DSL due to distance.
There are some other land-line possibilties, involving cables in the ground
or wires on poles.
Then there are wireless possibilities, including EVDO, available from Verizon,
with 750 kilobit per second (0.75 Mbps) wide area access from cell phone towers.
Verizon’s towers could also be used for WIFI antennas,
for up to 8 Mbps Internet access, over a wide scale.
Internet speed and access —John S. Quarterman
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 8 May 2012.
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).
Bowling Green, Kentucky,
They use it for
education (Wiregrass Tech, VSU),
It attracts new industry.
If you want knowledge-based industry,
they’re going to be expecting Internet access not just at work,
but at home, whereever they live.
From: “Jane Osborn”
Subject: Georgia Crisis Response system
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 11:54:39 -0400
John, There was a Conversations that Matter group held here June 9th to
discuss the changes coming with the closing of the state hospitals as
it relates to persons with developmental disabilities. We had about 40
local people who were consumers, family members and some service
providers in addition to officials from the Region 4 office that covers
this area. The services for them will be drastically smaller than those
planned for persons with a diagnosis of mental illness, but this
training announcement has one session left in this area…June 28 in
Scroll all the way to the bottom to find information for
The one we had here was sponsored by the
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
and All About Developmental Disabilities, an Atlanta-based advocacy
group. One of the things we learned was that these Crisis Response
Systems supposedly have been in place since June 1, one based in
Valdosta and one in another part of the region. You can go to the
DBHDD website to see the counties included in our area.
The teams were
formed by contracting with organizations from California and Indiana
Let’s leapfrog Thomasville in the 21st century equivalent of roads, rail, and airports: Internet speeds!
Here’s another point from Chris Miller at the
2011 Economic Summit,
according to the VDT story by Dawn Castro 18 May 2011,
“Thomasville didn’t have hi-speed internet,
so the process of moving products quickly was not possible,”
he said, “With Rose Net hi-speed broadband, it is now able to
work 25 times faster.
That one simple step boosted economic product growth,
and as we all know, the technical industry creates a
wage growth path.”
Such publicly owned networks can offer services that incumbents don’t,
such as the 1Gbps fiber network in Chattanooga, Tennessee, run by the
government-owned electric power board. And they sometimes have more
incentive to reach every resident, even in surrounding rural areas,
in ways that might not make sense for a profit-focused company.
According to this map of
Community Broadband Networks
by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance,
quite a few small cities in south Georgia have municipal cable networks: