ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The federal agency that will decide whether to approve construction of a natural gas pipeline through our area heard from concerned citizens tonight at the Albany Civic Center.
"Think about us, we do matter," said Joyce Evans, Concerned Citizen.
One by one, residents stepped up to the podium addressing their concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. .Apostle Felix Revills is one of those concerned residents.
"There is no proof of sustainable economic growth and development from bringing this station to our city and our community," said Apostle Felix Revills, Evangelical Faith Vision Ministry.
Sabal trail pre-filed an application with FERC in 2013 before sending in a final application last year.
"I feel like your environmental impact statement is prejudice towards Sabal Trail," said City Commissioner Roger Marietta.
Earlier this month FERC released a two thousand page environmental study draft on the pipeline.
"If they have environmental concerns, any concerns about anything that we addressed or did not address in the draft EIS this is their time to be able to do this," Mary O'Driscoll, FERC Director of Media Relations.
Citizens sent in their written concerns to FERC and can still do so until October 26th. Commissioners will look at it before issuing a final study.
"Now that does not mean that the commission automatically approves it," said O' Driscoll.
O'Driscoll is encouraging people to send in their comments.
"Certainly we want them to come out here tonight and speak but they should not feel that we won't hear them if they file a piece of paper with us," said O'Driscoll.
She's not sure when FERC will decide whether to approve construction of the pipeline, but Sabal Trail hopes it will be operational in May 2017.
FERC will be at Colquitt County High School tomorrow from 6 to 8 and at the Holiday inn in Valdosta Wednesday. Find out where you can send in your written comments by clicking here.
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