Sen. Vincent Fort urges Georgia PSC to Conduct Statewide Study of Gas Pipeline Safety

ATLANTA (Sept. 15, 2010) – State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) formally requested Wednesday that the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) conduct a comprehensive safety study of the state’s gas pipeline infrastructure.  In an official letter to Commissioner Chuck Eaton, Fort urged the PSC to undertake the study in the wake of last week’s tragic explosion of a gas pipeline in San Bruno, CA.

Fort’s letter to Commissioner Eaton reads in part:

“I urge you to initiate a safety study of natural gas pipelines in Georgia as soon as possible.  The study should involve the types of pipelines installed, the age of pipelines, and the need to replace pipelines as is occurring in other states, among other things.

The recent explosion of a gas pipeline in San Bruno, California illustrates how dangerous these pipelines are. Since 1990, more than 2,800 gas pipeline accidents have been reported with over a third causing death.  As you know, the issue of natural gas pipeline safety has become critical in my district since Georgia Power is placing a 36 inch natural gas pipeline in the heart of many neighborhoods.  It is important that we determine the safety of pipelines in order to protect the citizens of Georgia.”

Read Sen. Fort’s letter to Georgia PSC Commissioner Chuck Eaton

Sen. Vincent Fort represents the 39th Senate District which includes a portion of Fulton County.  He may be reached at his office at the Capitol at 404.656.5091, by cell phone at 404.287.7116.

For Immediate Release:
September 15, 2010
For Information Contact:
Matt Colvin, Broadcast Specialist

Sen. Buckner announces Leadership Roundtable of Clayton County

ATLANTA (September 15, 2010) – Sen. Gail Buckner (D-Jonesboro) will co-host a Leadership Roundtable of Clayton County with Lake City Mayor Willie Oswalt on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Lake City Council Chamber.  All elected officials in Clayton County are invited to attend the roundtable to discuss new and positive initiatives within the community.  This is the first in a series of meetings that will rotate each month, and the first meeting will feature a keynote presentation on the Constitutional Amendments that will appear on the General Election ballot on November 2.  The general public is encouraged to attend.

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Sen. Rogers Selected to Join National Digital Education Council

WOODSTOCK (Sept. 15, 2010) – Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) was recently selected to serve as a member of Gov. Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education Digital Learning Council.  The Council will work to identify policies that will integrate current and future technological innovations into public education. The Digital Learning Council unites a diverse group of nearly 50 national leaders from education, government, philanthropy, business, technology, and think tanks to develop the roadmap of reform for local, state and federal lawmakers and policymakers. Continue reading “Sen. Rogers Selected to Join National Digital Education Council”

Sen. Jones Announces Henry County Town Hall Meetings

ATLANTA (September 13, 2010) – Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur) will hold two town hall meetings in Henry County later this month.  On Thursday, Sept. 23, Jones will hold a joint meeting with Henry County Commissioner Johnny Basler at Woodland Elementary School to discuss local issues and deliver a legislative wrap up of the 2010 Legislative Session.  The public is encouraged to attend and will have the opportunity to ask questions.  

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