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FERC releases environmental study on proposed natural gas pipeline

Harry James, Dougherty County Commissioner Harry James, Dougherty County Commissioner
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

You can now check out a new report on a controversial gas pipeline.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released a 2,000 page environmental impact study on the Sabal Trail pipeline proposed to run through multiple South Georgia counties.

Three public hearings with FERC will be held in South Georgia this month and a Dougherty County Commissioner wants to make sure your voice is heard.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission just released a two thousand page Environmental Impact Study on the natural gas pipeline proposed to run from central Alabama through South Georgia to central Florida.

"There's specific parts in it that covers Georgia and certain parts that cover the city of Albany and Dougherty County,” said Harry James, Dougherty County Commissioner.

The study had to be done for Sabal Trail to get a permit for the pipeline. An updated outline of the pipeline has also been released.

"If the pipeline damages or cause problems to the environment then it's most certain that their permit will be denied,” said James.

Concerned Citizens can read the study at the County Commissioners office downtown, at the Downtown Public Library or online to send in their concerns in writing to FERC by October 26th.

"For your comments to be considered the comments have to address a specific item in the draft,” said James.

A Public hearing will also be held at the Civic Center later this month. Citizens will be given three minutes to express their concerns to FERC. 

"So that there will be room for everyone,” said James. “The only important thing is that we show up to show them that we are concerned about our environment and our County."

James it's important for your voice to be heard.

"It's important that we participate in the process to make sure that our concerns are heard,” said James.

Public Hearings will also be held at Colquitt County High School on September 29th from 6 to 8 p.m.  and at the Holiday Inn Valdosta on September 30th from 6 to 8 p.m.

For a link to the study click here.

The Public Hearing at the Albany Civic Center will be held September 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. Sign-ups to speak will begin at 5:30. You can send in your written comments to FERC to:

Kimberly D.Bose, Secretary

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

888 First Street NE, Room 1A

Washington, DC 20426

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