Environmentalists try to intervene in Kinder Morgan pipeline lawsuit

An environmental-law firm has just filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit regarding Texas energy company Kinder Morgan. The company seeks to build a 360-mile lone petroleum pipeline linking Belton, South Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida.

The firm, GreenLaw, is based in Atlanta, and first filed the motion on July 28 in the Fulton County Superior Court on behalf of several environmental groups, including Savannah Riverskeeper, the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, and the Center for a Sustainable Coast.

If the plans for the pipeline are approved, 210 miles would be built in Georgia, dozens of which would span Screven, Effingham and Bryan Counties.

According to the filed motion, state law gives environmental groups an unconditional right to intervention, and refusing to allow the groups' desired intervention could impede their right to protect their interests.

Steve Caley, GreenLaw's legal director, says that "in its motion for intervention on behalf of the Savannah, Ogeechee, Altamaha and Satilla riverkeepers and the Center for a Sustainable Coast, GreenLaw is seeking the right of these groups to be parties to Palmetto's appeal to insure that their interests are adequately protected," adding that "Palmetto's proposed pipeline, if approved, would run roughshod through 210 miles of largely pristine Georgia land without any public necessity, public use or public good."

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