Deal says state opposes plan to build pipeline through Georgia

Gov. Nathan Deal said the state intends to fight a company’s plan to build a $1 billion fuel pipeline from Florida through Georgia to South Carolina.

“It’s one of those issues that’s very controversial, and up to this point in time, the state has had very little input,” Deal said. “We should not, at this point in time, agree to the process.”

The plan, from Texas-based Kinder Morgan, calls for a 360-mile pipeline that would run from Jacksonville, Fla., 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 Morris Communications. According to an incident report obtained by The Savannah Morning News, one of the surveyors told an arresting officer: “You can’t stop the pipeline, they have enough money to push the pipeline through the county.”

A separate proposal for a 157-mile pipeline, known as the Sabal Trail project, has also sparked controversy. That pipeline would pass through nine southwest Georgia counties on its way from Alabama to Florida.

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