Georgia DOT has until Tuesday to act on pipeline application | The Augusta Chronicle

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May

Georgia DOT has until Tuesday to act on pipeline application | The Augusta Chronicle

Georgia Department of Transpor­tation Commissioner Russell McMurry is expected to issue a decision by Tuesday on a controversial, tri-state petroleum pipeline, proposed to run through 210 miles in Georgia.

If approved, Kinder Morgan’s new Palmetto Pipeline will dogleg off the existing Plantation Pipeline in Belton S.C., and transport up to 7 million gallons of oil per day to terminals in North Augusta, Savannah and Jacksonville.

 

The proposed route would go through 603 private and 26 public tracts in Georgia and will require eminent domain rights to condemn property from landowners. Under Georgia law, pipeline companies must first obtain a certificate of need from the DOT and then a permit from the Environmental Protection Division at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to initiate eminent domain proceedings.

McMurry has until Tuesday, 90 days since Kinder Morgan’s notice of filing its application, to act on the certificate of need. If he denies the application, Kinder Morgan can appeal the decision in court. If McMurry doesn’t issue any decision, the certificate is automatically granted.

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