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Introduction
Mrs. Tracy Ryder, Et al
2217 Eastgate Way
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Dear Fellow Property Owner,

My family is owner of Parcel No. 092 00131, located on Spain Road in Morven, GA, and we are the decedents of Russell G. McRae. After extensive research of the Brooks County Property Appraiser’s records, I have learned that you are owners of properties in Brooks County that like myself, are affected by the current high-pressure, 10 inch diameter, interstate natural gas line that was laid by the Southern Natural Gas Company, SONAT, back in 1955.

This year we were contacted by Sabal Trail Transmission regarding their plans to lay a high-pressure, 36 inch diameter, interstate natural gas line along the same corridor, parallel to, or abutting to the existing SONAT gas line. The current natural gas easement is 50 feet in width, and Sabal Trail Transmission wishes to add an additional 50 foot easement. This means that the effected property owners stand to lose full use of a 100 foot wide swatch of their land for current and future development. Once granted the easement rights are generally written in perpetuity, which in plain English means forever, and land development is gravely restricted. For some this encumbrance may be an inconvenience, for some a hardship, and for other this encumbrance may be devastating as they stand to lose the ability to perform any future development.

We attended an open house meeting conducted by Sabal Trail in Valdosta, GA, last October at which time people were able to view charts and map and ask questions regarding the proposed pipeline and corridors. Sabal Trail representatives were not releasing information about the corridors and specific properties that were to be impacted because they said they were still in the planning and research stages. They did state they wanted to lay their pipeline next to the SONAT line, and that they were no longer considering utilizing the corridor affecting Tifton, Georgia because “there were too many people involved”. My reply to that was that property owners in Brooks County are people, too, and that we are already negatively impacted by the pre-existing SONAT pipe line.

Most importantly, we did note that there was no representation of Brooks County people at that meeting, or at any of the following meetings in Lowndes County. Lowndes County citizens are quite organized in their resistance to this new pipe line. We are contacting you with a questionnaire to learn what your concerns are. If Brooks County property owners organize and form a united front, we should be able to have our concerns addressed. By organizing we will have greater leverage to if not to change the course of the new gas line, to demand and negotiate better compensation for our losses. As I fear they will be significant.

Please take the time to complete the enclose survey and return it in the self-addressed envelope. We will organize the responses provided, and contact those interested in meeting to further discuss possible individual and group actions that we may take in the future.

We await your reply.

Sincerely,

Tracy Ryder
Goals

What are our Goals!

  1. To organizise the People of Brooks County GA who are effected by the new gas pipeline
  2. To uniformaly talk about property values and rights
  3. To minimise leagle cost
  4. To get a feeling about how the people are effected by the gas pipe line
  5. To distribute helpful and informitive information

Email us and let us know what information you need: JamesRyder@ryderinc.com

Things To Do

Things You Can Do!

  1. Write to the FERC daily and give them your thoughts on the pipeline!
  2. Talk with your neighbors and have them contact the FERC
  3. Help Brooks County Get Organized. Let people know about this web site.
  4. Contact Your local Represenitives, Congressmen and Senators
  5. Find a good Attorney to represent you. (let us know other people are looking too)
  6. Email us and let us know what information you need: JamesRyder@ryderinc.com
Survay Results

Results of the Brooks County Survey




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73 Letters Mailed Out
122 Number Who Responded
62.56%



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Survey Results for 08/23/17
NumberYesNoQuestion
011175Are you aware that a 36 inch gas pipe line is now proposed to come through Brooks County?
0210418Do you want this pipe line to go through Brooks County?
031175Have you been contacted by Sable Trails, or its agents?
0410319Have you already settled with Sable Trails (granted an easement) at this time?
0510814Have you attended any Sable Trails meetings?
0610517Have you attended any NON Sabal Trails meetings?
0710319Do you currently have legal representation? (a lawyer)
081.01How knowledgeable are you regarding eminent domain? (Rank from 0=No knowledge�..to�..9=Court room ready knowledge)
091.14How knowledgeable are you regarding property values? (Rank from 0=No knowledge�..to�..9=Court room ready knowledge)
1010913Have you contacted the Federal Energy Regulatory Center (FERC) to express your opinions regarding the pipe line? http://www.ferc.gov
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