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Deadline nears to hear pipeline comments

There were about 50 people who showed up to the Government Center in downtown Albany. Some voiced their concerns to commissioners and the congressman about the Sabal Trail Transmission Gas Pipeline Project. / Cody Long


Over the past six months, there has been a growing concern among Dougherty County citizens about a proposed natural gas pipeline.

County commissioners held a listening session Thursday morning with Congressman Sanford Bishop.

This comes a few days before the April 20th deadline to hear public comments which was set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Bishop wrote a letter to FERC asking for an extension of that deadline.

There were about 50 people who showed up to the Government Center in downtown Albany. Some voiced their concerns to commissioners and the congressman about the Sabal Trail Transmission Gas Pipeline Project.

The pipeline would run through 24 miles of Dougherty County and would be capable of transporting up to one billion cubic feet of natural gas each day.

However, it would run through portions of privately owned land which has many residents upset. Concerns have also come up about a compression station to be built in a residential neighborhood.

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