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Joelton residents worried about proposed gas compression station

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JOELTON, TN (WSMV) -

A popular Joelton animal sanctuary could be in danger of shutting down if plans for a gas compression station move forward.

Walden's Puddle is known across the state for caring for wild animals.

Some residents are worried about a proposed gas compressor station being built on 82 acres in the small town.

"This is something that belongs in an industrial park, not in a rural, residential, farming community," said Bettina Bowers, animal care director at Walden's Puddle.

Bowers said she is concerned about the side effects the pipeline could create.

"There will be noise," she said. "Also the groundwater situation. We are all on wells out here."

Channel 4 reached out to Tennessee Gas Pipeline.

"The project is expected to generate approximately 150 temporary construction jobs at peak and would have sound buffering and be in compliance with FERC decibel requirement no greater than 55 dBA, day-night average," a representative said in an email.

At nearby Faith Farm, owner Lori Birckhead said she is worried about something from the outside coming in.

"The people who purchase food are counting on us to give them chemical-free food, but yet we are going to have a known pollution across the street," Birckhead said.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline representatives said they have met with local regulatory agencies, but that is not easing some residents' worries.

"Not a question of if something goes wrong, it's when something goes wrong," Bowers said. "Because something always goes wrong."

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