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February 27, 2014

Sabal Trail to hold meeting in Valdosta

VALDOSTA — On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) is presenting an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the proposed Sabal Trail Transmission.

This scoping meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn Valdosta Conference Center. At this meeting, FERC will present the EIS, and Sabal Trail will answer questions from affected land owners and other interested parties one hour before the meeting begins (5 p.m.).

The Sabal Trail Transmission is an interstate natural gas pipeline project proposing to run a 36-inch pipeline, 474 miles, from Tallapoosa County, Ala., extending through Georgia, and ending at Florida Power & Light’s Central Florida Hub near Orlando. This pipeline will run through Brooks and Lowndes counties.

The notice states, “If the Commission approves the SMP Project (Southeast Market Pipelines Projects), that approval conveys with it the right of eminent domain. Therefore, if easement negotiations fail to produce an agreement, a condemnation proceeding could be initiated where compensation would be determined in accordance with state law.”

Before the meeting, FERC recommends citizens read “An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on my Land,” and “Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.” These two documents can be found on the Lowndes County website.

For more information about the Sabal Trail, please visit the Lowndes County website at http://www.lowndescounty.com/

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