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County commissioner's concerns over pipeline

During Monday's Dougherty County Commission meeting, one commissioner brought up thoughts about the Sabal Trail Pipeline. / Sasha Lenninger


During Monday's Dougherty County Commission meeting, one commissioner brought up thoughts about the Sabal Trail Pipeline.

Commissioner Harry James told the commission his concerns if the pipeline does come to the county.

"What kind of measures do we have in place to protect our citizens from the hazards or even during the construction process that doing the heavy construction could damage the right of ways, the roads, and the water systems? If it becomes contaminated, what kind of measures do we have in place to hold them accountable," asked James.

He said when you bring in other entities you aren't familiar with you need to make sure your county is equipped to handle anything that follows after the pipeline is built.

Commissioner James said Dougherty County currently has several pipelines but nothing near as huge as the Sabal Trail Pipeline.

"We already have gas lines in the county but you're only talking six to 10 inch lines. Now you're talking about a 36 inch line. So that takes a lot more equipment to handle a rupture or some kind of damage or a fire," said James.

He added he doesn't think from an economic standpoint there's any benefit to the citizens if the pipelines comes to the county.

"There are no jobs, no positions or benefits to the citizens in Dougherty County as far as creating jobs or anything so no the pipeline has no benefit to the county as far as an economic standpoint as far as jobs is going through here," James said.
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