Kinder Morgan Suspends Work on Palmetto Pipeline

Kinder Morgan Suspends Work on Palmetto Pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tonya Bonitatibus

Savannah Riverkeeper

706-826-8991

riverkeeper@savannahriverkeeper.org

 

Kinder Morgan Suspends Work on Palmetto Pipeline

March 30, 2016 - Augusta, GA - The decision to stop work on the Palmetto Pipeline was posted on both Kinder Morgan’s website as well as the company’s www.palmettopipelinefacts.com Wednesday afternoon. The statement reads: 

Notice: Kinder Morgan has suspended further work on the Palmetto Pipeline project, following the unfavorable action by the Georgia legislature regarding eminent domain authority and permitting restrictions for petroleum pipelines. While this legislative action was disappointing, we remain committed to providing customized transportation solutions to our customers.

“We applaud Kinder Morgan’s decision to suspend work on a pipeline that is not needed and will not provide any benefit to Georgia consumers. Kinder Morgan, however, should do the right thing and announce that it is outright cancelling this unnecessary project rather than simply suspending it,” said Steve Caley, Legal Director for GreenLaw who has successfully fought this project on behalf of the Savannah, Ogeechee, Altamaha, and Satilla Riverkeepers and the Center for a Sustainable Coast before the Georgia DOT and the Superior Court of Fulton County.  “And it is still critically important that Governor Deal sign legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly this past session imposing a moratorium on approval of permits for petroleum pipelines while the legislature studies this issue further.” No Kinder Morgan representative has released any statement thus far.

 

Tonya Bonitatibus, Savannah Riverkeeper and spokesperson for the Push Back the Pipeline coalition, said, "We’ve succeeded in stopping a bad project and need to continue to make sure that we close the discovered loopholes in both states’ laws to protect our citizens and their rights." Members of the coalition, which formed in early 2015 after news of the proposed pipeline spread, have worked to secure legislation in both Georgia and South Carolina that would prevent eminent domain abuse by private petroleum companies like Kinder Morgan. In Georgia, HB 1036 awaits Governor Nathan Deal’s signature, while S.868 in South Carolina is on schedule to pass through the House of Representatives.

 

Push Back the Pipeline would like to adamantly thank all the citizens, lawmakers and organizations who have worked to bring us to this point. We urge Governor Deal to follow through with signing HB 1036 into law, an important protection for the people of Georgia; and urge the South Carolina legislature to pass S.868. 

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Push Back the Pipeline is a coalition of concerned citizens, landowners, more than 20 organizations and other groups across three states, who oppose the Palmetto Project. For more information, visit Push Back the Pipeline on Facebook orwww.pushbackthepipeline.com.

 

Savannah Riverkeeper serves as the primary guardian of the Savannah River, striving to respect, protect, and improve the entire river basin through education, advocacy, and action. We are a 501 c(3) non-profit organization funded by individuals and foundations that share our commitment to creating a clean and healthy river that sustains life and is cherished by its people. For more information please visit:www.savannahriverkeeper.org

 

Elena Fodera Richards

SRK Communications Director

elena@savannahriverkeeper.org

(office) 706-826-8991

(cell) 706-831-2360

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