EPA takes stance against proposed pipeline

Published: Oct. 27, 2015 at 3:06 AM EDT
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Gloria Gaines, Natural Gas Pipeline Opponent
Gloria Gaines, Natural Gas Pipeline Opponent

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - The Environmental Protection Agency takes a strong stance against a natural gas pipeline proposed to go through South Georgia.
Monday, the EPA sent a report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that is highly critical of FERC's draft environmental impact statement on the project.

The EPA is suggesting that FERC find an alternative route for the Sabal Trail pipeline, pointing out several risk factors.

Their 28 page response was to this two thousand page Environmental Impact Study draft sent out in September.  The EPA asked FERC to revisit the impact on conservation areas, wetlands, coarse terrain and drinking water claiming the pipeline would pose a serious pollution risk to the Floridan aquifer where Dougherty County gets its drinking water.  Gloria Gaines says it's one of the most important aquifers in the world.

"So they feel that they just did not adequately examine the impact of this proposed project on our water supply, so that was really very good to see that included in EPA's letter," said Gloria Gaines, Natural Gas Pipeline Opponent.

The EPA also requested that FERC look more closely at the impact on minority communities. Today was the last day to send in comments to FERC.

You can still send in your comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which will issue permits for the project under the Clean Water Act, until December 11th.
A Public hearing with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division on air quality will take place November 5th at Albany Tech at 6:30 p.m.

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