Gas Pipeline Planned for Alexander City

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By Brittany Bivins

A new natural gas pipeline could soon connect Tallapoosa County to Florida. It's part of a more than 3 billion dollar project that could give the area an economic boost. Still, not everyone in Alexander City supports it.

The Sabal Trail Transmission would be carrying natural gas on a more than 400 mile route, starting in Alex City.

There is already a pipeline running near this area, the Transco pipeline. That was built in the 1950s. This new project would connect to that route through a compressor station. That station would be built near Glynn Hunter's home, who says he's worried about the noise from the station.

"I am really against it. I don't think the neighbors around here are for it either. We'll find out soon. There will be probably a petition going around pretty soon," Hunter said.

City officials say the pipeline could be an economic boost.

"The construction jobs will certainly have an impact on the local economy. In addition to that, the compression station itself will impact the ad valorem taxes for the city and I assume that state and the county, and everywhere else in the area, so the ad valoreum taxes will have some impact on the long term," said Mike Stewart, Gas Superintendent for Alexander City.

That's why nearby resident Bobbie Ramsey supports it.

"Mostly just the jobs, people that need jobs is the main thing," Ramsey said.

Sabal Trail Transmission officials say they're surveying the land now. Landowners who agree to have pipes on their properties could get a one-time payment.

"As we move through that process, we would get an easement, we would negotiate with each of the landowners to cross the property. that would be about 50 feet wide of a permanent easement, so there may be some additional temporary workspace that would be needed for construction," said Andrea Grover with the Sabal Trail Transmission.

The proposal must be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before construction begins. Sabal Trail Transmission officials say they will be holding another meeting with landowners in early December to share more details about the project.

If everything goes as planned, the project will be completed in 2017.

 

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