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Forest Hills Residents Learn About Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE---Southern Davidson County residents are learning more about a controversial pipeline project, and some are still concerned about the long term impact.

Last year, Piedmont Natural Gas announced it would construct a new pipeline that would run about 14 miles from Antioch to a facility near Chickering Road, and partially through the Radnor Lake State Natural Area.  The pipeline will follow an existing Tennessee Valley Authority line.

Piedmont officials hosted an informational meeting on the project at the Forest Hills City Hall Tuesday night.  Concerned residents had the chance to ask questions about safety and environmental concerns, and learn more details about the project.

"My neighbors and I really freaked out at first," said Forest Hills resident Mary Hawkins, "but they have communicated everything really well, I think."

Piedmont officials say the new pipeline is necessary to comply with federal safety and inspection regulations.  The planned route will minimize the impact on homes and Radnor Lake.

"If we went an alternative route, not only would it have added a lot of length to the pipeline, it would touch more property owners both commercial and residential," said Piedmont Spokesman David Trusty.

The pipeline will cross about 215 properties.  Trusty said the company is working with homeowners to minimize any inconvenience.

"We're very committed when we cross someone's property that it will look like it did before we were there, or better," said Trusty.

Construction is scheduled to begin around March 1.  The project is expected to take about six months to complete.


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