Citizens Called to Public Hearing about Palmetto Pipeline Threat on Tuesday, April 21 in Richmond Hill
(SAVANNAH, GA) Local citizens are asked by the Facebook group Push Back the Pipeline and Ogeechee and Savannah Riverkeepers to join together to voice their displeasure at the proposed pipeline and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)’s handling of this process. The collaboration invites all concerned persons to meet and discuss the implications of this project at the GDOT public hearing on Tuesday, April 21 at the Richmond Hill City Center (520 Cedar Street) beginning at 5 p.m.
Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, plans to build the buried pipeline to transport gasoline, ethanol and diesel from the Gulf Coast to the South East. The company applied to the GDOT for a certificate of public convenience and necessity, which if approved, will authorize it to condemn property from private citizens and cannot be appealed. Time is running out on the 90-day period to fight the application and after the GDOT public hearing on Tuesday, April 21, it will be too late for citizens to voice their issues.
Top Reasons Why Citizens Against the Palmetto Pipeline:
• Eminent Domain for a Private Company is WRONG.
• Big Oil Monopoly = Higher prices at the pump.
• 250 Georgia jobs lost.
• Private Property will be TAKEN.
• Georgia deserves answers from Kinder Morgan not Empty Promises.
• Pipeline would endanger rivers, marshes and wetlands.
• Palmetto pipeline is not earthquake proof; Savannah and Coastal Georgia run along a fault line and are exposed to seismic risk.
A rally is also scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at noon on Johnson Square in Savannah, but it is believed that the real impact will come from the demonstration presented at the GDOT public hearing on Tuesday, April 21.
For more information on the public hearing, visit https://www.facebook.com/pushbackthepipeline?fref=ts.
DIRECTIONS TO MEETING:
• FROM I-95 SOUTH:
– Take exit 90 for GA-144 toward Fort Stewart/Richmond Hill
– Continue on GA-144 E. Drive to Cedar St (1.9 mi)
• FROM I-95 NORTH:
– Take exit 87 for US-17 toward Coastal Hwy/Richmond Hill
– Turn right onto GA-25 N/US-17 N
– Turn right onto Ford Ave
– Turn left onto Cedar St
INFORMATION ON EMINENT DOMAIN
The Fifth Amendment states that private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation. In the past ten years, massive restructuring of the eminent domain rules to protect owners has occurred with 47 states. Nine years ago, Executive Order 13406 was issued by President George W. Bush, stating: “It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.” However, it is the right of the states to make their own decisions about what qualifies as public use.
PROPOSED PIPELINE ROUTE THROUGH GEORGIA:
Richmond, 2 miles
Burke, 25 miles
Screven, 34 miles
Effingham, 39 miles
Chatham, 12 miles
Bryan, 7 miles
Liberty, 18 miles
Long, 2 miles
McIntosh, 17 miles
Glynn 24 miles
Camden, 18 miles
Charlton, 12 miles
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