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Neighbors worried about new gas construction project along the Cumberland

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Neighbors say the smell and the noise are unavoidable. (WSMV) Neighbors say the smell and the noise are unavoidable. (WSMV)

Concerned residents living along the Cumberland River in Nashville are getting some answers.

Neighbors contacted Channel 4, amid concerns over a construction project happening on River Mile 185.5 that they say is producing a thick diesel smell and loud noise.

"They’re not just servicing the line. Something big is being built there. I’ve just been hammered by about 12 of my neighbors who have all went from to wanting to figure out what's going on to trying to figure out if legal action should be taken,” said neighbor Ethan Thompson.

Bill Peoples, a spokesman for the Army Corp of Engineers, which oversees river-based commerce, sent us this explanation Thursday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit on Feb. 23 for Marathon Petroleum Company to construct a barge terminal at Cumberland River Mile 185.5.  The purpose of the terminal is to transfer petroleum from river barges to an existing tank farm at this location.  The barge terminal construction will include a floating dock, steel dolphins for mooring, a bridge tower to support a 115-foot pivot truss bridge, and a 100-foot fixed truss bridge for pedestrian access from the shoreline.  The permit was modified on October 31, 2016 to allow the placement of a floating log boom with an attached submerged debris screen; intended to prevent debris accumulation at the floating dock which is currently under construction.

A Public Notice was issued on Sept. 22, 2015, to notify the public and to solicit comments for 30 days.  Any comments received during that period were considered in completing the permit action.  Comments received were also used to determine the need for a public hearing.  In this case, public interest did not dictate the need for a public hearing.

But neighbors say they were never made aware of the original project or enhancements.

“It just goes hand-in-hand with everything that goes on or doesn't go in Bordeaux. It seems like we are being totally ignored by the city,” said resident Henry Chiles.

Channel 4 asked Peoples how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sends out notices. He said there are three ways:

  1. During the permitting process, the corps develops a mailing list of people who are interested in receiving public notices. They are sent paper copies.
  2. The public notice is placed on their website.
  3. A paper copy is mailed to adjacent landowners.

Channel 4 asked Peoples how they determine who is interested in receiving notices, and why several people in the community didn't know about the project. He said they have a standing list of people who want to receive all of the corps' public notices. He added they also post the public notices in the nearest post office.

Peoples added the notices are only sent to adjacent property owners, so it's possible that other nearby property owners may not have received the public notice.

Residents say the diesel smell has been putrid and the noise in the morning is impossible to ignore. They also worry the skyline view will go away if it continues to get bigger.

“I’m really concerned of what is to come of this and how it may affect our property values or in general noise or quality of life,” Thompson said.

“I want to know if I am living in close proximity to something that could possibly erupt and blow us all out of here,” Chiles said.

Click here to read the Army Corps of Engineers' public notice.

Click here to see the plan for the barge terminal.

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