Dougherty County residents speak out against proposed pipeline

Published: Aug. 20, 2014 at 3:29 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2014 at 3:30 AM EDT
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DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A Dougherty County neighborhood is speaking out against a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Members of the Radium Springs community met Tuesday night to express their concerns about the proposed route of the Sabal pipeline project. The nearly 500 mile pipeline begins in Alabama, stretches through Georgia and ends in Florida. Those against it are concerned about the human, economic and environmental impacts it could have.

"We know that the Flint River is one of the 10 most endangered rivers in the United States," said Gloria Gaines, Former Dougherty County Commissioner."They're concerned about the impacts that it could have on the ability to farm, to hunt, to fish, to recreate."

Gaines encourages other communities to get involved by signing petitions and writing letters to elected officials. The route affects 9 counties in Georgia, including Stewart, Webster, Lee, Dougherty, Mitchell, Colquitt, Lowndes and Brooks counties. If the project is approved, construction could begin in 2016, and the pipeline could open in 2017.

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