Colonial Group says The Palmetto Pipeline is a Bad Deal for Georgia.
Claims over 200 Georgia jobs will be lost, higher gas prices will result after government intrusion into private property.
(SAVANNAH, GA) Colonial Group, the parent company of several local subsidiaries including Colonial Oil, Colonial Terminals and Enmark, announced today that over 200 employed workers could be displaced if Georgia allows construction of the proposed Palmetto Pipeline to proceed. At issue are trucking, port-related, and U.S. Merchant Marine jobs that currently deliver fuel to Savannah. Today, approximately 75% percent of Savannah’s fuel needs are trucked into Savannah from existing pipeline terminals in North Augusta and Macon. The remainder is supplied by competitors Colonial Oil and Western Refining through two ocean terminals on the Savannah River.
Allan will be responsible for coordinating and supporting regional stakeholders affected by the proposed Pipeline. She will focus on coalition-building between property owners facing dispossession through eminent domain, local business owners at risk of monopolistic practices and conservation groups representing the Georgia’s 5 watersheds, its public parks and the nature preserves impacted.
Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America which owns an interest in or operates approximately 80,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals, plans to build a pipeline to transport gasoline, ethanol and diesel from the Gulf Coast to the Southeast. The project will cost 1 billion dollars, and will run 4 feet underground along the Savannah River and many other environmentally sensitive areas. The company applied on Feb. 13 to the Georgia Department of Transportation for a certificate of public convenience and necessity, which if approved, will authorize it to condemn property from private citizens. The deadline for public comments expires April 31st.