Protect Private Property Rights and Water from Gas Pipelines


Ordinarily, the power of eminent domain—the power to take a citizen’s property against their will—is reserved to local, state and federal governments. Even when used by a private company, such as an electric utility, it can only be used if the project benefits the public as a whole. But in the case of natural gas pipelines, local and state governments are essentially powerless. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, after a review process, issues licenses to private companies to build transmission pipelines.  This gives those gas companies the power of eminent domain—oftentimes with little regard for public benefit. 
 
Hundreds of Georgians overwhelmingly opposed the Sabal Trail fracked-gas pipeline proposed by a private company, Spectra Energy. The Georgia House voted 128 to 34 to deny Spectra Energy river-drilling easements. Despite this opposition from voters and state government, FERC issued a permit for the pipeline, which provides no benefit for Georgians. The court system overruled the Georgia legislature, and allowed the private company to take property rights from Georgians and to drill under the Chattahoochee, Flint, Ochlockonee, and Withlacoochee Rivers.
 
Georgia legislators should introduce and adopt a resolution urging its congressional delegation to reform the process by which the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues licenses for gas pipelines so as to provide greater protections for landowners. The fate of Georgians’ property and their water and land resources should not be left to the whims of out-of-state power utilities and gas line operators. 
 
Pipelines are currently under construction and Georgians property rights are at risk.  Please sign the petition now.
 

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Petition

I am a voter, and I care about clean water and private property rights.  The property rights of Georgians are threatened by private companies use of eminent domain for gas pipelines that provide no benefit to Georgians. To protect private property rights and water from the abuse of eminent domain by private companies, state legislators should urge the federal government to reform laws that govern natural gas pipelines.

Sponsors

Altamaha Riverkeeper, Broad River Watershed Association, Center for a Sustainable Coast, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Citizens for Progressive Transit, Coosa River Basin Initiative, Flint Riverkeeper, Georgia Canoeing Association, Georgia River Network, Izaak Walton League of America - Georgia Chapter, Mothers & Others for Clean Air, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, One Hundred Miles, Satilla Riverkeeper, Savannah Riverkeeper, Sierra Club - Georgia Chapter, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy