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Pipelines proposed path through Screven County causes concern
This map shows the proposed path for a pipeline that would run from Jacksonville, Florida, to South Carolina. Part of the path runs directly through the historic Brier Creek battlefield in Screven County. - photo by Special

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction, which will appear in Sunday's print edition. A public hearing concerning the path of the proposed Palmetto Pipeline through Screven County is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Screven County Library, 106 S. Community Drive in Sylvania. The time was listed incorrectly in a front-page article Saturday.

Screven County residents and others concerned with preservation of historical sites may be interested in a meeting Tuesday about the proposed "Palmetto Project" pipeline that could be installed along the Savannah River.

The proposed pipeline could disrupt a historical battleground located in Screven County's Tuckahoe State Park, said concerned citizen Craig Wildi.

The Kinder Morgan company plans the Palmetto Project, which "will allow the company to offer new service to move refined petroleum products" from Louisiana to parts of Georgia and South Carolina, according to the company's website.

"The project will have a design capacity of up to 167,000 barrels per day and will consist of a segment of expansion capacity that Palmetto will lease from Plantation Pipe Line Company between Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Belton, South Carolina," the site reads. "A new 360-mile pipeline from Belton, South Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida will also be constructed as part of the project."

Many are opposed to the pipeline, which could disturb the site of the Battle of Brier Creek, Wildi said.

"There are over 150 soldiers buried there in unmarked graves," he said.

While environmental issues are important, Wildi said the historical significance of the site "should be preserved."

Interested parties may attend the meeting to discuss the project and express concerns. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Screven County Library at 106 Community Drive in Sylvania. Also, a meeting of concerned citizens to discuss the proposed path of the pipeline through the historic Brier Creek Revolutionary Battlefield will be held at the Screven County Library the night before the public hearing on Monday at 7 p.m.

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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