Pipeline protesters give Sabal the silent treatment

Pipeline protesters give Sabal the silent treatment

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Several concerned South Georgians took to the street outside the Sabal Trail office off Evelyn Avenue in a silent protest against construction of a natural gas pipeline.

Cars were lined up on the side of the rode packed with residents, many arrived with their own home-made signs expressing their stance on the project.

Drivers passing by stopped to take a look. And unlike some protests, where chanting is common and roads become blocked- it was peaceful. Those involved even brought their children to take part.

"Even though it might be silent, I hope it says loud and clear: 'no,' just like I said before the answer is 'no,'" said Bishop John Burr.

Longtime resident Louise Primrose says that's the idea behind the protest. Successful or not, they want to ensure future generations understand how vital it is to be informed.

"We gotta know what's going on here. This is an awareness of people in Albany/Dougherty County, that this line has got to be stopped," said Primrose.

"You have a voice that people are concerned. Get involved and show your support," said Michael Noll. "We have other options to address energy demands, we have other options of greater energy in a cleaner and safer fashion."

Protesters hope Friday's actions will create a ripple effect, letting others know they do have a role in the community.

Those wishing to send comments to FERC have until July 20th, to turn them in.

The Sabal Trail underground natural gas pipeline project originates in Alabama, stretches through Georgia and ends in Florida.

At completion, officials said it will be approximately 515 miles in length – 494 miles of 36-inch-diameter and 21 miles of 24-inch-diameter pipeline.

Roughly 162 of those miles are located in Georgia. The current study corridor affects nine counties in Georgia, including Stewart, Webster, Lee, Dougherty, Mitchell, Colquitt, Lowndes and Brooks Counties.

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