Albany Herald | Pipeline dangers worry local residents

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Sep

Albany Herald | Pipeline dangers worry local residents

ALBANY — As local stakeholders prepare for an “early October” public hearing with representatives of Spectra Energy to discuss the planned 465-mile Alabama-to-Florida natural gas pipeline that is expected to run through Southwest Georgia, including 21 miles in Dougherty County, a growing sense of unease continues to build.

Local landowners contacted by the Houston-based energy company seeking access to their property say they’re disturbed about reports of “significant incidents” associated with the 19,000 miles of pipeline managed by Spectra and pipeline systems controlled by other similar companies. Some point to “dangers” they feel are inherent in such projects.

“I know these people are in the business of making money, and our concerns mean little to them,” said an area resident contacted by Spectra, who asked that his name not be used for fear of reprisal. “But no matter how safe they say this pipeline is, I will always wonder. There are just so many things that can go wrong. What they’ll do if they run this thing close to my land is permanently destroy my peace of mind.”

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