Top leaders meet to stop the Sabal Trail


    For years local leaders have been fighting against the Sabal Trail pipeline and the compressor station set to be built in Albany and Dougherty County. / Tracey Smith

    For years local leaders have been fighting against the Sabal Trail pipeline and the compressor station set to be built in Albany and Dougherty County. Now it's time for the final push against the project.

    Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Georgia State Representative Winfred Dukes, County Commissioner John Hayes, Albany Commissioner Roger Marietta and other top leaders all got together in one room, for one reason: to stop the Sabal Trail from happening.

    Their concerns range from air quality and health hazards to how close the pipeline is to the local water sources.

    The leaders stressed that this isn't just an issue for those who will have the pipeline and the compressor near their house. This should be a concern for everyone in the county and southwest Georgia.

    "FERC needs to know that in Dougherty County and the state of Georgia that this is unacceptable for us," said Representative Dukes. "People have to get involved in the process to let them know, to have their voices heard so that we can change this process."

    The pipeline is meant to be a connector from Alabama to Florida. But since Georgia isn't benefitting from the pipeline, the leaders want to know, 'Why Georgia?'

    Spectra has been claiming to work with the city and county on the pipeline's plans, but officials from the city and county say that isn't true.

    The leaders say they will go door to door if they have to in order to get this project stopped.

    There is a silent protest planned for Saturday morning at 9:30 at the corner of Oakridge and Lockett Station.

    There are also letters available to send to the federal election regulatory commission.

    All letters need to be submitted before July 20th.

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