Mar 04 2002

SHELBY VOICES CONCERNS WITH COLONIAL PIPELINE

Senator Requests EPA's Assistance in Protecting Blount County's Water System

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) today expressed concerns with a proposed pipeline to carry petroleum products through Northern Alabama. The pipeline route will travel directly through Blount County, Alabama near an aquifer that serves as the sole source of drinking water for the citizens of Blount County.

In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, Senator Shelby requested assistance in protecting the Blount County water supply and the health and safety of the citizens of Blount County.

"I am greatly concerned with the potential effects of the proposed pipeline route," said Shelby. "The citizens of Blount County rely on the aquifer as their sole source of drinking water. I am requesting the EPA's assistance in protecting the health and safety of the citizens of Blount County."

A copy of Senator Shelby's letter to EPA Administrator Whitman is attached:

The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman
Administrator
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460

Dear Administrator Whitman:

I am writing today to express my concerns regarding Colonial Pipeline's plans to construct a new pipeline to carry petroleum products through Northern Alabama to Middle Tennessee. While I am aware that pipelines generally provide a safe method of delivering petroleum products to our communities, there are outstanding health and safety issues along the proposed route that are troubling.

The pipeline route proposes travel directly through Blount County, Alabama. The citizens of Blount County rely on an aquifer as their sole source of drinking water. I am concerned about the long-term safety of this aquifer and its' protection from any contamination.

I would appreciate EPA's ongoing involvement with the siting of this pipeline to guarantee that the drinking water and consequently the health and safety of the citizens of Blount County are protected. Any information that you could provide me regarding EPA's activities in this area would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this matter. I look forward to your reply.

 

 

Sincerely,

Richard Shelby


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