Thursday, May 7, 2015

In surprise move, Gov. Deal comes out against Palmetto Pipeline

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2015 at 3:11 PM

Hours before the last schedule public meeting on the Kinder Morgan "Palmetto Pipeline," Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal was quoted in news reports as saying the state of Georgia would be against the pipeline in its current envisioned form.

"We're going to object from the state level and I think that process will then go to the courts for a judge to decide," Gov. Deal said to WRDW TV news.

"We've been in consultation with the head of DOT and agreement that the state is going to disagree to that pipeline," he said.

The Governor made the comment during a stop in Augusta this morning. The public meeting happens at 5 p.m. today at Augusta Tech's campus in Waynesboro. 

The Palmetto Pipeline is planned to traverse South Carolina and Georgia and terminate around the Jacksonville, Fla., area. Eminent domain would be needed to secure rights to build the pipeline on various areas of private property along the planned route.

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