Target: Norman Bay, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Goal: Abandon the proposed route of the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline to protect an African American community.
A natural gas pipeline proposed by the Spectra Energy Corp. and NextEra Energy Inc. would cut through Alabama, the southern parts of Georgia, and central Florida. The pipeline would be over 500 miles long and would cost $3 billion. The Sabal Trail’s proposed route would go right through African American communities that are characterized as low income. Moreover, an industrial compressor station facility would be in the middle of a similar neighborhood. This is unfair and we must stop this destructive pipeline.
In a letter written by four Congressmen from Georgia to the FERC, they state that 72 percent of the population is African American and the median household income is just under $29,000 for a family of four. In this same community, families must deal with pollution from over 250 hazardous waste facilities and about 100 facilities that release air and other toxic pollutants in the area.
This community should not have to deal with another industrial facility that would produce more harmful substances as families are already overburdened by hundreds more. Sign this petition to get the FERC to abandon the proposed route that would harm so many.
Dear Chairman Norman Bay,
I am writing this petition letter to you to ask that you abandon all plans for the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. The proposed route would go right through a poor African American community. Historically, this population has been extremely marginalized and unable to voice their opinions to those who are more socioeconomically advantaged like yourself. This community must deal with poverty and marginalization as well as hundreds of facilities that produce toxic pollutants in the area. The last thing these families need is another industrial facility.
Environmental justice, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, is defined by “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” To go through with building this pipeline would be to ignore the principles of environmental justice. Furthermore, building this pipeline would take advantage of an ethnic minority and those less advantaged and well-off than yourself. I urge you to think how much this will effect thousands of families. Please stop the Sabal Trail pipeline.
[Your Name Here]
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