SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - On Tuesday, The Georgia Department of Transportation announced it is not granting Kinder Morgan's request for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.
That would have allowed the company to invoke "eminent domain" to seize private owned land in order to build the Palmetto Pipeline.
In it's official statement, GDOT said, "After careful consideration of information in the application submitted by Kinder Morgan on behalf of Palmetto; numerous public comments submitted at seven (7) public meetings held by Palmetto; two (2) public hearings hosted by the Georgia DOT; and approximately 3000 public comments submitted online and by mail to myself and the Utilities staff, the Department has determined that it will not issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity."
The decision can be appealed. Kinder Morgan officials said they plan to pursue options which could set up a legal fight in court to try and get the project to move forward.
Kinder Moran's President Ron McClain released the following statement: