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Protests persist against the Sabal Pipeline trail

Protesters line the streets with plenty to say Protesters line the streets with plenty to say
Protesters were of many ages and were all fighting to get the trail re-routed. Protesters were of many ages and were all fighting to get the trail re-routed.
Petitions were signed, numbers were called and emails to sent in opposition to the compressor station. Petitions were signed, numbers were called and emails to sent in opposition to the compressor station.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Around 30 people gathered on the corner of Locket Station Road and Oakridge Drive to protest the site of a proposed compressor station.

That station would be part of the Sabal Trail pipeline, planned to pipe natural gas from Alabama to Florida.

They say it's too close to their homes, and would lower property values and put their health at risk.

“You bringing something out here that can contaminate the water," said Minnie Jackson, a resident near the proposed site. "Our drinking water. Who wants that? Who wants that in a neighborhood where you going to be up half of the night with something running like a washing machine.”

Meanwhile, Sabal Trail representatives said they have been working with affected residents and followed all regulations and procedures.

They also noted that the compressor station noise levels would not be an issue for nearby residents.

Albany City Commissioner Roger Marietta said Georgia will reap no benefits from the pipeline.

“See this is the cheapest route. And that’s the only reason they’re running through Dougherty County to maximize their profits and save money.”

Monday is the deadline for opponents to give comments to federal regulators, so protesters are making sure residents are aware.

“Helping the rest of the community know what’s going on," said Henry Thomas, a resident near the proposed site. "That’s some 96,000 people in Dougherty county. This don’t just affect locket station, this thing affects our whole county.”

And those residents don’t feel they are getting properly reimbursed for their troubles.

“They can either move the entire route further west," said Marietta. "That’s [an] alternative. Or at least move that compressor station a mile south.” 

Many of the worries of community members lie within uncertainties.

“Hopefully it’s safe and all that like they promised," said Marietta. "But knowing Murphy’s law, it’s risky.”

Sabal Trail officials said they have been working with landowners on routes, route changes and proposed compressor station sites since June 2013, and that things have been progressing.

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.

To give your opinion to officials: email Kimberly.Bose@FERC.gov and include the docket #: CP15-17-000

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