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Goodlettsville residents concerned over Millersville propane facility

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GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A proposed propane distribution center is too close to home for hundreds of Goodlettsville residents, and they feel they are helpless to stop something going up in their backyard because they don't live in the right city.

They said the problem is that while the propane distribution center is going up right behind their homes, the site is across the city line in Millersville, leaving them with no say.

"We're not against propane companies in general. We're just against propane companies in our backyard," resident Carl Sumruall said.

People who live in the Goodlettsville neighborhood are used to hearing the faint sounds of industry coming from the companies on the other side of its tree line.

Then they found out about a new business going in the industrial area.

"We knew nothing about it. The city had already gotten the rezoning done," resident Jeff Schroeder said.

The city of Millersville has approved the construction of a propane distribution center in the industrial park.

The city manager says it's an acceptable use of the land and the company is heavily-regulated and has a good record.

But that hasn't eased the fears of the people who live in a large subdivision on the other side of the city line.

They point to a recent propane rail tanker fire that forced the evacuation of thousands of California residents.

"The simple fact is that accidents happen by human error, by mechanical error, material error. Things happen," Sumruall said.

Millersville's city manager said if the center gets final approval, they will make sure to develop emergency plans.

He said he is sympathetic to the neighbors' concerns, but he stresses this is a building in Millersville's established industrial park.

Meanwhile, concerned Goodlettsville residents feel like no one is listening.

"There's very little we're going to be able to do, because we're in Goodlettsville. On the other side of my backyard is Millersville, and we just don't have a voice," Schroeder said.

Some residents have started a petition drive. They are hoping to convince state lawmakers to pass some sort of restrictions on where these facilities can move and their proximity to existing neighborhoods.

There is a final hearing for the proposal on Oct. 6.

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