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Citizens Called to Public Hearing about Palmetto Pipeline Threat on April 21

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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.