Proposed Sabal Trail pipeline and compressor station raises concerns

Published: Aug. 13, 2014 at 3:21 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2014 at 3:21 AM EDT
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The nearly 5-hundred mile long Sabal Trail pipeline would run from central Alabama to central Florida. But if it's approved, one unique, and critics say dangerous part of the pipeline would be built in Dougherty County

Dozens of people met at Eureaka Baptist Church on Tuesday evening to talk about what it would mean if this pipeline becomes a reality, and some South Georgians say it's scary.

Dougherty County residents learned more about the controversial Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline.

Critics spent a lot of time at this meeting talking about a proposed compressor station that would be built in Dougherty County.

Former county commissioner Gloria Gaines organized the meeting. She's concerned about the compressor station she says would be located in a highly populated area off U.S. Highway 91..north of Leary Rd.

She says it would be large, noisy and potentially dangerous.

"Its right smack in the middle of a community, it defines reason and defines logic that they would take that compressor station, the only one in Georgia and stick it right here in our community, the most densely populated and highly populated county in South Georgia," says former commissioner Gloria Gaines.

Gaines urged people to make their voices are heard and sign petitions against the pipeline.

"I'm going to get some more people to sign these petitions, as many as I can, and to talk with people about it, and try to learn more about it myself."

Right now, the project is going through the environmental planning process waiting for the go ahead from state and federal officials.

"What we want to do is ensure that we are heard before the feds give approval and before the state gives approval, so tonight we signed petitions, and we will be going into neighborhoods and wherever we can go to get signatures to send to the state licensing agency and to the federal approval agency as well."

If the proposed pipeline is approved it could be operational by 2017.

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