That means the pipeline's fate will likely be hashed out in court, he said.
The plan, from Texas-based Kinder Morgan, calls for a 360-mile pipeline that would run from Jacksonville, Florida to a sprawling storage facility in Belton, S.C. Officials there have said it would create about 30 permanent jobs in South Carolina.
Deal's decision comes two days after two Kinder Morgan surveyors were charged with trespassing on a Screven County property owned by the family of Billy Morris, the head of a Morris Communications.
A separate proposal for a 157-mile pipeline, known as the Sabal Trail project, has also sparked controversy. That pipeline would span from Alabama to Florida, stretching through nine southwest Georgia counties on the way.
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