State House votes down measure to grant easements to Sabal Trail
The State House voted down a measure to grant easements to Sabal Trail. (Source:WALB)
The measure would have granted easements for Sabal Trail under five waterways, including the Flint River. (Source:WALB)
Gloria Gaines, Pipeline Opponent (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Opponents of the Sabal Trail pipeline hope a vote by the General Assembly will delay the project. The State House voted down a Senate measure that would have granted easements for the project under five waterways, including the Flint River. Pipeline opponent, Gloria Gaines, says she's thankful for the fight from Representative Winfred Dukes, the Flint RiverKeeper, and others.
"This is some relief,” said Gloria Gaines, Pipeline Opponent. “We know that it's not over yet, but it is certainly delaying it at least for a while. There's still a fight to be had but for the most part we believe it's going to be in the courts right now."
The House also passed legislation Tuesday that prohibits the use of eminent domain to get land for any pipeline construction through June 2017. That bill is now awaiting approval by Governor Nathan Deal.