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      Lines of communication strengthened on proposed pipeline

      Representatives from Sabal Trail Transmission were just a few of the resources on hand during a meeting Monday night to educate the public on a 470 mile pipeline that will run straight through Albany.

      Citizens like Matthew Layer showed up to voice their concerns about the 36-inch natural gas line running directly through their land. Layer says his family has spent years preserving the wildlife on their property, and now they're afraid their hard work will be ruined.

      "Obviously it's going right through a piece of property that you've poured your heart and soul into and now it's going to be bulldozed into a big alleyway."

      During construction, a 100-foot corridor will be created to install the line, but not everyone whose land would be affected is opposed to the process.

      "It's out the way of everything, no houses around, it's more in a rural area so I don't think it'll have an effect on the wildlife or anything. It's a good thing," said Larry Brown, who owns land in a different county that will also house the pipeline.

      Ultimately the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will have the final approval on what route the company will have to take, and representatives say the meeting was just the beginning of the application process.

      "This is the first meeting of many so hopefully by the time we get to the point where the federal government approves the location, things will be okay, appropriate, said Dougherty County Commissioner Lamar Hudgins, whose district would be largely affected.

      Officials plan to host two more meetings before the end of the year and say the project would take over three years to complete.