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Landowners organize to fight proposed natural gas pipeline

A group of landowners and interested citizens who live in the Central Savannah River Area are organizing to oppose the proposed Southern Natural Gas pipeline construction through their lands. This proposed pipeline would destroy "Greenfield space" or "non-violated" forests and pasturelands of the CSRA including such valuable natural resources in Elbert, Glascock, Hart, McDuffie, Wilkes and potentially others.

To date, members of the group have retained attorneys qualified in the area of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and pipeline construction issues, including protection of historically significant lands such as these. Attorneys retained to represent landowner interests are F. Edwin Hallman, Jr. and Richard A. Wingate of the Atlanta law firm, Decker Hallman Barber & Briggs.

There is a pipeline which already exists and SNG could easily expand this existing pipeline easement and production to accomplish its stated goals of expanded capacity for liquefied natural gas supply. This existing pipeline route, which is underutilized at the present time connects to the Transco pipeline in Georgia. As presented to the landowners by SNG representatives, the SNG pipeline proposal will include construction of a portion of the proposed pipeline under the Savannah River. This would enable the companies to avoid paying tariffs in Georgia and make the pipeline more profitable for the gas companies to supply areas principally in the north and east of the country. Thus, the only purpose for violating open pasture land, timber land and the red clay of Georgia is to enable these huge companies to have a more efficient and profitable route to ship LNG gas to the Northeast at the expense of rural landowners.

Residents interested in learning more can contact Cindy Bounds at 706-678-7152.

Web posted on Thursday, May 11, 2006

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