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Sabal Trail Pipeline
Sabal Trail Transmission LLC, a joint venture of Spectra Energy and NextEra Energy Inc., has been awarded a 465-mile interstate natural gas pipeline project by Florida Power & Light Company to meet power generation needs in that state beginning in mid-2017. The company is in the planning phase of the estimated $3 billion project that would result in a natural gas pipeline from Tallapoosa County in central Alabama to Osceola County in northeast Florida. Spectra is considering a number of routes for the proposed Sabal Trail project, one of which would take it through Dougherty County and then skirt the eastern periphery of the Red Hills Region. The route includes 55 miles of pipeline in Alabama, 196 in Georgia and 214 in Florida. When completed, the pipeline would have the capacity to transport up to 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, enough to meet the needs of more than 4 million homes annually.
How would this affect the Red Hills?
At this point, it appears that the majority of the Red Hills will be spared as the route of the proposed pipeline takes it east of the Region. There are a couple of properties on the edge of the Red Hills that may be affected, depending upon the final route. The introduction of a pipeline through a portion of the Red Hills Region could fragment the landscape and degrade wildlife habitat. Impacts would be considerably reduced if the pipeline is co-located along an existing utility right of way as is being discussed.
What can you do?
Updated information will be provided here as it becomes available, including additional direction on opportunities for the public to follow and engage in this issue if necessary.
For more information
Contact TTLC Planning Coordinator Neil Fleckenstein at 850-893-4153, ext. 335 or e-mail Neil Fleckenstein.