This week, the moratorium on new petroleum pipelines was extended in the legislature by a unanimous vote - 104 yeas with none opposed. A few abstained, but not many. Take a moment to check the vote history and email your Representative to say thank you! There is still work to be done, but we appreciate our lawmakers' wisdom in recognizing that good pipeline policy should not be rushed. In the meantime, our state will remain protected.
Georgia has made moves to implement more stringent permitting requirements for pipelines' use of eminent domain. You can read a summary of the proposed rules in this week's editorial from Savannah Morning News. Your last chance to weigh in closes at 4:30 p.m. today, Friday April 13. Written comments can be emailed to EPDComments@dnr.ga.gov and should include “Proposed Petroleum Pipeline Permit Rule Amendments” in the subject line. We've made it simple - click the EPD address for a quick form email to fill in!
SRK VS. KINDER MORGAN
Just yesterday, the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals overturned an earlier decision from a South Carolina court ruling Kinder Morgan was not in violation of the Clean Water Act for a pipeline spill near Belton, SC in 2014. The pipe leaked more than 370,000 gallons of gas and diesel into local waterways, one of the worst spills in state history. Savannah Riverkeeper and partners Upstate Forever sued to require cleanup of the ongoing pollution.
This week's ruling means we can continue our case against Kinder Morgan to ensure they are held accountable and this atrocious leak is remediated.
The fight to ensure our states are protected from dirty, dangerous pipelines is one we must keep up, but we need your help. Make a donation to this effort today!
We're thrilled to share this short film of the Palmetto Pipeline story, produced by Corey Robinson for Savannah Riverkeeper. Incredible teamwork by many who came together to defeat this project has made great progress for Georgia and South Carolina. Without the dedication of these landowners and advocates, the Palmetto Pipeline would be flowing alongside our rivers today. Watch it here or on our Vimeo page, and share! #PushBackthePipeline