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Gov. Nathan Deal Signs Pipeline Moratorium Bill

Most people at a public hearing in Waynesboro last May opposed the use of eminent domain to build the Palmetto Pipeline.
Most people at a public hearing in Waynesboro last May opposed the use of eminent domain to build the Palmetto Pipeline.
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There’s now a moratorium on taking private property to build petroleum pipelines in Georgia.

Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday evening signed a bill that puts pipeline permitting on hold until June 30, 2017.

The legislation followed public outcry against a pipeline that would have traveled down the Georgia coast. The energy company Kinder Morgan asked the state to allow it to use eminent domain to build the project. The state said no, and that pipeline is now suspended.

In addition to the moratorium, the bill also establishes a state commission to review the environmental and legal implications of using eminent domain for private company’s pipelines.