After Albany on Monday, the Moultrie, Valdosta, and Lake City FERC Sabal Trail hearings are all in WWALS territory, and Sabal Trail’s fracked methane pipeline would cross WWALS’ Okapilco Creek near Moultrie, Withlacoochee River near Valdosta, and Suwannee River near Jasper. The Georgia DNR board Wednesday gave away easements under those streams to Sabal Trail, but they’re not permanent until at least two more state approval steps, and they mean nothing if the pipeline is cancelled.
The FERC meetings are all 5:30 PM speaker signup, 6 PM FERC presentation, then 3 minutes each per audience speaker, ending 8 PM.
- Monday, September 28, 2015, at Albany Civic Center, Meeting Room, West Oglethorpe, Albany, GA 31701
- * Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at Colquitt County High School, Withers Auditorium, 1800 Park Avenue SE, Moultrie, GA 31776
- * Wednesday, September 30, at Holiday Inn Valdosta, Conference Center Magnolia Ballroom, 1805 West Hill Ave., Valdosta, GA 31601.
- * Thursday, October 1, at Columbia High School Auditorium, 469 SE Fighting Tiger Drive, Lake City, FL 32025
* Marks meetings in WWALS territory.
Why is the first Florida meeting in Lake City, when Sabal Trail does not propose to go through Columbia County? Why not Jasper or Live Oak?
The FERC meetings continue after that in Alabama and Florida.
You can ecomment to FERC without going to the meetings. But the more people who show up, the more obvious the opposition will be.
More people need to call Georgia Governor Nathan Deal every day, asking him to stop Sabal Trail, for example by denying an air quality permit for the Albany compressor station. Call 404-656-1776, or or email email@example.com.
Whenever GA-EDP schedules the public comment period and public hearing for that compressor station air quality permit, comment and attend if you can.
You can call our most local Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA-DNR) board member and ask him to ask GA-EDP to deny that air quality permit and to schedule a water issues public hearing. Oh, and to come to the FERC hearings and speak against the Sabal Trail pipeline.
J. Mark Mobley, Jr.
Mr. Mobley is owner and president of Mobley Gin Company in Doerun. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Development Authority, the Board of Directors of the Ameris Bank, the Board of Trustees of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the Colquitt County Hospital Authority. Mobley attended the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Judy, have four children and reside in Moultrie.
Mobley Gin Company
GA-133, Doerun, GA 31744
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on Sept 11th announced a 30-day comment period and opportunity to call for public hearings on disturbances of waters including river, creek, and wetlands crossings. Send you comment to:
Georgia: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Savannah District Regulatory Division
Attn: Mr. Terry Kobs
1104 North Westover Boulevard, Suite 9
Albany, Georgia 31707-6626
Florida: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District Regulatory Division
Jacksonville Permits Section
Attn: Mr. Mark R. Evans
Post Office Box 4970
Jacksonville, Florida 32232
8:30 AM Saturday October 3rd 2015, Kavaktivism Day on the Withlacoochee River at Valdosta. Come out and have some fun on one of the rivers we’re protecting!
Monday through Thursday 19-22 October 2015 in Jasper or Live Oak, help protect the Suwannee River and the Floridan Aquifer in a legal hearing for WWALS v. Sabal Trail & FL DEP. If you have evidence or want to be a witness, please contact WWALS ASAP.
You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!