Citizens urged to comment on risks to neighborhoods and Southwest
Atlanta environmental firm GreenLaw issued a public call to action
today, urging citizens to make their voices heard in the fight against
the Sabal Trail Pipeline project.
On behalf of Sierra Club, Flint Riverkeeper, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper,
and the Kiokee-Flint Group, GreenLaw filed extensive comments with the
Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) noting the environmental,
health and safety threats the pipeline would pose, particularly to
low-income and minority neighborhoods in Southwest Georgia, and
questioning the impartiality of the Draft Environmental Impact
Statement, which was authored by a leading gas industry consultant.
Four Congressmen and the Environmental Protection Agency recently voiced
opposition to the gas pipeline that would plow through Alabama, Georgia,
and Florida. In a letter to FERC, U.S. Representatives Sanford D. Bishop
Jr., John Lewis, Hank Johnson Jr., and David Scott expressed concern
over the serious environmental justice issues raised by the proposal.
“Sabal Trail’s proposed pipeline and compressor station will further
burden an already overburdened and disadvantaged African-American
community in this area,” the letter stated.
"As confirmed by the EPA and the four Congressmen, it is foolhardy to
construct a flammable natural gas pipeline through sinkhole-ridden areas
-- creating a high risk of pipeline collapse, rupture, and explosion --
as Sabal is proposing, particularly when the pipeline will run through
the City of Albany’s water supply well field and residential
neighborhoods,” said Steve Caley, lead attorney for GreenLaw.
Citizens opposed to the pipeline should attend a hearing for the Clean
Air permit necessary for the compressor station on November 5, 2015, in
Albany, Georgia. For the Clean Water Act permit from the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, required because of significant impacts to rivers and
wetlands in Georgia, interested citizens must submit written comments
before December 11th, and must request a hearing to submit oral comments.
As stated by Caley, “Vocal opposition from citizens is critical to
successfully stopping the pipeline."
GreenLaw is a nonprofit law firm protecting Georgia's environment
through high quality legal and technical assistance. To learn more about
the Sabal Trail pipeline and GreenLaw's fight against environmental
To view the Corps public notice for Sabal Trail, please
click here, and the joint public notice of extension, here.
To read FERC’s DEIS, please
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(November 2, 2015 - 10:57 AM EST)
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