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Orange, FL Dem Party Resolution against Sabal Trail pipeline

Florida has come alive against the Sabal Trail pipeline, and the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) passed a resolution against it on Monday February 20, 2017, Normalized almost three years after the Lowndes County Democratic Committee passed a similar resolution. The Orange DEC resolution goes further, demanding divestment from Sabal Trail and all its parent companies by its members and by public bodies. Orange DEC is communicating with all the other county parties in Florida. Osceola County DEC has already passed a similar resolution, and it is on the agenda elsewhere.

See also Frank Torres, Orlando Political Observer, 20 February 2017, Orange County Democrats pass Resolution Opposing Sabal Trail Pipeline.

The measure passed in front of a full meeting that had to be moved to a larger venue Continue reading

Ask Lowndes County to reject Sabal Trail easement tonight 2016-01-26

Lowndes County apparently didn’t tell the reporter about the mercury-contaminated closed Clyattville landfill Lowndes County Parcel 0098 004 through which the The Lowndes Commission votes tonight for a Sabal Trail pipeline easement, according to the front page of the Valdosta Daily Times this morning and yesterday morning’s Work Session. Yet the county did not mention in either of those that the easement is to go through the mercury-contaminated closed Clyattville landfill in a Floridan Aquifer recharge zone. Is a one-time payment of $54,300 enough to risk ongoing hazards to our only source of drinking water, plus facilitating a pipeline company from Houston, Texas taking easements from local property owners?

If you don’t think so, please write to commissioner@lowndescounty.com before 5:30 PM tonight, and also come to the meeting if you can. But you won’t get to speak before they vote, so write first.

In March 2014 the Lowndes County Democratic Committee voted to oppose Sabal Trail, and Continue reading

Rural land revaluation meeting at Farm Bureau 2015-08-04

What’s the opposite of the public transportation LCDP advocates? Suburban sprawl. And that’s what the rural land revaluation recently done by the Lowndes County Tax Assessors’ office appears to promote.

Are Bill Gates and subdivisions really more important than agriculture or rivers or public transportation? Come to Farm Bureau Tuesday evening and find out what’s going on with the rural land revaluation. facebook event.

When: 7PM, Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Where: 3296 Greystone Way, Valdosta, GA, (229) 242-7876

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Videos: Environmental issues and property rights @ LCDP 2015-06-01

Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter, asked for the County Commission to do more to oppose the Sabal Trail pipeline, said they had contacted the county’s statehouse delegation to ask Gov. Deal to oppose that pipeline. GA Rep. Darrel Bush Ealum has taken the lead in talking to the governor, and here’s a handy table of contacts for statehouse members.

Other issues discussed included trash collection, transportation, property taxes, fossil fuel divestment, wastewater, fracking, clean water, the Alapaha River Water Trail, and Georgia is now the fastest growing solar market in the country. This was at the Continue reading

Environmental issues and property rights @ LCDP 2015-06-01

Many things affect the local environment: paving roads, buses, pipelines, wastewater, and solid waste. Abundant clean water is a major reason all of us are here. Like transportation, environmental issues have come up at several previous LCDP meetings, often also including property rights: roads and pipelines go through somebody’s land, and blowing trash or flooding wastewater affect many people’s property, taxes, and quality of life. Facebook event.

6PM Monday June 1st, come hear from people who deal with these issues all the time, and speak up with your own questions and ideas, at the monthly Lowndes County Democratic Party meeting.

Our meeting location is the Lowndes County Board of Elections office at 2808 North Oak Street from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. We would appreciate if you could bring a dish, but you do not need to bring food to join in.

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Videos: City Matters @ LCDP 2015-04-06

Transportation, sewer, safety, and police cameras: all at last month’s Lowndes County Democratic Party meeting, in these videos. Plus a report on the Cash Mob at Stan’s Grocery: new customers brought in, 300 pounds of food donated to the food bank, and coverage by both TV stations.

See the special crime report: the real situation is not what you would think from TV.

Transportation was so popular a topic both in April and at the March meeting, it’s the main theme of the Monday May 4th meeting tomorrow.

Here’s the invitation to last month’s April meeting: Continue reading

No need for Sabal Trail pipeline or its threats –LCDP to Judge in Leesburg, GA

A judge in Leesburg, GA is considering Sabal Trail’s demand for Georgia eminent domain and a Mitchell County landowner family’s countersuit for criminal trespass. LCDP Chair Tom Hochschild filed the LCDC resolution against the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline as an Amicus curiae, including GA State Rep. Dexter Sharper’s letter against the pipeline (PDF). Other Amicus briefs were filed by SpectraBusters, WWALS Watershed Coalition, and Students Against Violating the Environment. There’s no need for this destructive and hazardous pipeline that threatens our water, or lands, our schools, and our economy.

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF LEE COUNTY

STATE OF GEORGIA




SABAL TRAIL TRANSMISSION, LLC,


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JAMES E. BELL, II and ROBERT A. BELL,

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Civil Action No.

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AMICUS CURIAE OF LOWNDES COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY

IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS THE BELLS


COMES NOW LOWNDES COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY (LCDP), as friends of the court and concerned citizens in the above-entitled action in support of the Defendants and file this their brief with the court in the above referenced case and states as follows and provides in support thereof the following:

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City Matters at Lowndes County Democratic Party tonight 2014-04-06

Our monthly potluck meeting in April is called “City Matters,” and our guest speakers will be City Council members Sandra Tooley and Tim Carroll. Topics to be discussed include (but are not limited to) transportation, infrastructure, water issues, sewage issues, and internet access. If you have any questions or concerns about the city of Valdosta, you do not want to miss this meeting.

Our new meeting location is the Lowndes County Board of Elections office at 2808 North Oak Street from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Facebook event. Videos of last month’s meeting.

3243x1077 Rapt audience at Board of Elections office, in Chamber, Development Authority, and Business at LCDP, by John S. Quarterman, for LowndesDems.org, 2 March 2015
Rapt LCDP audience at Board of Elections office March 2nd 2015

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Thanks to Lowndes County and Valdosta for resolutions against Sabal Trail

Last night LCDP Chair Tom Hochschild thanked the Valdosta City Council that had just passed a resolution supporting the Lowndes County Commission’s resolution of Tuesday 9 December 2014 opposing the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline, as noted in the Valdosta Daily Times this morning.

He referred to the resolution the Lowndes County Democratic Committee passed Continue reading

Turnout wins elections: time to vote

Turnout is at 4% so far, with the other party voting twice as many in early voting. Call your friends. Contact Gretchen; she’ll get you a call list. Contact a candidate; they’ll get you a walklist. Local elections affect you directly: water, sewer, trash, roads, education, taxes, and laws. It’s time to get people out and vote!

As Dexter Sharper (D 177 GA House) says:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!! Get out to VOTE this week from 7am-7pm for EARLY VOTING at 2808 Oak Street! This is a VERY Important Primary Election……..The Last day to vote in the Primary Election is MAY 20th! PLEASE PEOPLE!! Don’t be a person that only vote during the PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION…..People DIED for us to VOTE in ALL Elections!

If Democrats turn out and vote for LCDP Chair Gretchen Quarterman in the nonpartisan Special Election for Lowndes County Commission District 5, she wins on May 20th, Continue reading