ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says it has given permission for construction of the controversial Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline through South Georgia.
The Sabal Trail underground natural gas pipeline project originates in Alabama, stretches through Georgia and ends in Florida.
It's a project that has gained a lot of attention and a lot of criticism, including the placement of a compressor station for the pipeline in Dougherty County.
Many people are concerned about property value, the placement of the pipeline, and health risks.
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.