A local environmental disaster could cause Gilmer County to face a potential $2,000,000 clean up project as sludge has been dumped into local water sources.
Atlanta Gas and Light was undertaking a natural gas line project on 282 and Tails Creek at Roberts Ridge. The company contracts installation of these lines, this time using contractor SEC (Southeast Connections) out of Austell, Ga.
Two weeks ago, James Holloway, with Gilmer County Planning and Zoning, held a pre-construction meeting with SEC and explained to them that they had to dump their sludge in a pre-approved dump site.
FYN’s current understanding of sludge occurs when installing gas lines. An unknown solution is pumped through pipes while they are run in the ground, allowing pipe installation without digging up the ground. The “pump truck” then pumps the mud and solution back out as sludge out of the ground and hauls the substance to their choice of permitted dump sites.
Holloway told FYN that he was driving south on 515 Thursday as he looked off the highway, right before Old 5, and recognized a sludge pump truck. At this point, he realized the only sludge truck he knew of in the county was designated for the gas line project.
As he investigated, turning down Old 5, he discovered the truck pumping sludge over a hill leading into a tributary which then leads into Running Town Creek, a state trout stream.
FYN investigated the site and inquired with the property owner, James Moore, about the dumping. Moore declined to comment only offering repeated demands to vacate his property.
An unnamed representative from SEC told FYN several more crews were headed in for clean-up and the EPD (Environmental Protection Department) of Georgia was notified.
Holloway has also confirmed EPD’s notification.
Further, Gilmer County has issued a “Stop Work Order” for the current project at Roberts Ridge to the company, SEC, and its Area Manager, David Wooten.
Currently, reports are coming that Jonathan Moore, property owner James Moore’s son and driver for SEC, was the driver of the pump truck and that SEC is now pumping the sludge back into the truck to be transported to an approved Dump Site in Catersville.
For more, check out our video of the affected State Trout Stream and more pictures below. Continuing information will be offered as it is made available.
SEC Media Days kicked off yesterday in Hoover, Alabama, allowing media members from across the country to ask questions concerning the upcoming season to the conference’s top head coaches and players.
Although the focus is truly on those who actually play a role on the field and on the sidelines on Saturdays in the fall, a bit of the limelight goes to the sportswriters covering the event, who are always polled in order to predict the conference’s champion. The predictions have been generally off, however, as the media has posted an abysmal 4-16 record in doing so (last correct prediction was Florida in 2008).
With the press being off so much in general in regards to SEC play, I took it upon myself to make up for their miscues and release my own predictions on how the Southeastern Conference will play out this season.
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