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CONGRESSMAN BISHOP ENCOURAGES PUBLIC COMMENT REGARDING SABAL TRAIL PIPELINE

November 28, 2015 at 10:49 am

ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) encouraged interested stakeholders to take advantage of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extension of the public comment period for Section 404 permits under the Clean Water Act with respect to the construction of the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for Section 404 permits, which are needed to encroach upon numerous “waters of the U.S.” (i.e. wetlands, streams, and rivers) that the pipeline would run through or under if Sabal Trail’s application is approved. Congressman Bishop was contacted by constituents and stakeholders concerned that the original thirty-day deadline was insufficient for the public to thoroughly review Sabal Trail’s application. In response, Congressman Bishop urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to extend the public comment period for Section 404 permits under the Clean Water Act with respect to the construction of the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline, and they responded. The new deadline to comment is December 11, 2015. “Given the potential impact of the project on Southwest Georgia, I urge the public to use the comment period extension to let your opinion be heard regarding the issuance of Sabal Trail Section 404 permit by the Corps of Engineers,” said Congressman Bishop.

THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDS ON DECEMBER 11, 2015. Comments can be submitted in writing to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District Regulatory Division Attn: Mr. Terry Kobs 1104 North Westover Boulevard, Suite 9 Albany, Georgia 31707-6626 Sabal Trail is a 465-mile gas pipeline (55 miles in Alabama, 196 miles in Georgia, and 214 miles in Florida) that will be capable of transporting up to one billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. Much of the Georgia route of the pipeline with run through the Second Congressional District. To view the entire U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public notice regarding the Sabal Pipeline project, please click here. To view the joint public notice of extension, please click here. To read the FERC Environmental Impact Statement, please click here.

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