Joelton residents fight big compressor project - WSMV Channel 4

Joelton residents fight big compressor project

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JOELTON, TN (WSMV) -

A citizens group in Joelton has released photographs captured over several months depicting what they call the compromised quality of the Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline.

The pipeline is in question because the company wants to build a 60,000 horsepower compressor to move more gas to the Gulf Coast.

“We found advanced corrosion,” said Mike Younger, who photographed the gas pipeline. “Some of it is laying in waterways with visible, advanced corrosion. Corrosion coatings that have long ago deteriorated and washed away and left our community vulnerable for a spill or leak of some kind.”

Kinder Morgan officials said they have not reviewed the photographs, but the company is constantly upgrading and maintaining 84,000 miles of pipeline.

Although the Metro Council voted 30-3 to stop the project, Metro’s attorney Jon Cooper admitted Metro has no authority to stop the federal project.

“We are a David vs. Goliath,” said Lori Brickhead, a farmer in Joelton. “We have said since the beginning, but we know who was on David’s side.”

The group said it has repeatedly asked Kinder Morgan for a public hearing. There will be a public meeting Tuesday night, but the company will not be there.

The National Transportation Safety Board has cited 20 Kinder Morgan accidents since 2003.

Kinder Morgan said it wants to work with citizens and has not made a final decision on the location of the pipeline.

The public meeting will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Joelton.

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