Joelton residents continue to fight gas compressor - WSMV Channel 4

Joelton residents continue to fight gas compressor

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JOELTON, TN (WSMV) -

Some state lawmakers want to make it illegal to build a gas compressor station next to a public park.

Metro government tried to stop the Kinder Morgan project, but the energy giant didn’t blink. Now, the state is taking its shot.

There is a great deal of support for the bill that would make it illegal to build a gas compressor within one mile of a park.

The compressor station sight in Joelton is less than a mile away from Community Club Park.

“I’ve carried a lot of bills. I don’t know if one has more uniformed support,” said Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville. “One-hundred percent of the people of Joelton.”

But it may not matter because the federal government can override a state law.

“It’s going to be difficult, to be honest with you,” said Rep. Bo Mitchell, D-Nashville. “If this passes, it would be challenged, no doubt.”

The compressor would be built to push more gas through the big pipeline that runs through many states, including Tennessee.

A grassroots group opposed to the project photographed and cataloged sections of the Tennessee pipeline in Davidson County. They said they found submerged pipes, no anti-corrosion coating, stress corrosion cracking and other problems with the pipes transporting large amounts of natural gas.

Kinder Morgan has filed a motion to keep the report and its authors out of the Federal Energy Regulation Commission’s hearing to approve the pipeline.

“It shows that they are afraid of the evidence. They don’t want it out there,” said Gary Moore of Joelton. “Kinder Morgan was supposed to have repaired those pipelines, and they haven’t done it yet.”

Kinder Morgan said it is still reviewing and attempting to authenticate the pictures.

The company said the report missed the deadline for evidence submittal and is prejudicial. They also told Channel 4 they never comment on pending litigation.

Opponents said that is because the company knows it does not have to answer to local or state governments.

“Kinder Morgan and Tennessee Gas Pipeline are not the good neighbors,” Moore said.

Joelton residents have hired a well-known environmental attorney to represent them in Washington DC. No hearing date has been set.

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