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TDEC reports more problems with Piedmont pipeline project

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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation reports more environmental problems for Piedmont Natural Gas crews who are installing a new pipeline in south Nashville.

TDEC said more drilling material has been spilled into another waterway.

The state was notified Wednesday that bentonite had been discharged into Sevenmile Creek near Edmonson Pike and Huntington Parkway, which is in the Mill Creek watershed.

When officials arrived, utility crews had already stopped drilling and were installing booms and hay bales to stop the flow.

Cleanup crews were called in to remove the bentonite mud, which TDEC said was 3-inches deep in some places in a tributary and 1-inch deep in Sevenmile Creek.

In May, Piedmont drilling crews accidentally discharged some of the same muddy material in Radnor Lake State Park.

After that accident, Piedmont accepted 11 new provisions to protect the surrounding environment.

The pipeline project is scheduled for completion in December.

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