March 24, 2014
Suwannee County, FL -
By: Emily Johnson
March 24, 2014
Suwannee County, FL - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC met with folks in Suwannee County Monday evening. The purpose was to answer questions homeowners had of where the proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline would go.
The pipeline would run 470 miles through Alabama, Georgia and Florida. 12 counties in Florida including Suwannee, Madison and Hamilton could potentially be impacted.
Dolly Robinson is one of the homeowners who attended the meeting. The pipeline is proposed to right through her property. "I was devastated because, I haven't been real involved in it but I thought that it was further away I didn't realize it was going right down the road," said Robinson, talking about the proximity of the pipeline to her property.
Robinson along with many other homeowners are concerned with the pipeline would do to the ecosystem on their property.
"Huge old oak trees and there's a wetlands area right there, so environmentally I don't even see I don't even seen how it's feasible," said Robinson.
Other concerns at the meeting was how this pipeline would affect the homeowners personal lives. "For instance in my situation I have 15 acres and if it's going to be noisy that's a concern. Natural gas is an important thing, I'm not an opponent and I'm not positive with it. You know like with anyone else I don't want it to interfere with me," said William R. Jefferys.
After tonight FERC will take the comments received and review the proposal to either approve or deny the pipeline. We will keep you updated on the status of the Sabal Trail Pipeline as information becomes available.
Winnie Anne Wright
March 3, 2014
Valdosta, GA - Some residents of Lowndes County are ready to tell the federal government exactly how they feel about a natural gas pipeline running through their back yards.
"The Georgia Democrats feel that there's a moral obligation to leave the world as beautiful and majestic as we found it and the pipeline, it does not do that", says Gretchen Quarterman, Chairman of the Lowndes County Democratic Committee.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, also known as "FERC", is gathering public input as part of an environmental impact statement. This statement will discuss the environmental impacts of the planned Southeast Market Pipelines Project. One piece of that project is the controversial Sabal Trail Pipeline.
"This is just another opportunity for us all to apply the information and what we're hearing into what ultimately will be our application for the project", says Andrea Grover, Director of Stakeholder Outreach for Spectra Energy.
The Commission says the information from the environmental impact statement will determine if the project is a public convenience and a necessity. Information gathered in these scoping meetings will help FERC to decide if the pipeline gets approved.
If you'd like to address the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, meetings will be held at the Holiday Inn Valdosta Conference Center on Tuesday March, 4th, and at the Moultrie Veterans Parkway Campus Wednesday March, 5th. Both of those meetings will be at 6 P.M.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is also accepting comments by mail at the following address:
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426