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Joelton Residents Continue Fight Against Gas Compressor Plans

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Posted at 10:14 PM, Jul 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 09:03:27-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Dozens of residents attended Tuesday night's Metro Council meeting with a message of  "not in my back yard" and  "not in our county".

They are against a huge proposed natural gas compressor being built in Joelton.

Opponents of the project were actually urging council members to vote "yes."

The bill they were speaking out about during public comment would ban developments, like the one proposed, anywhere in Davidson County except for within industrial areas.

They say the proposed site is dangerous and too close to parks and homes.

"Do it not for Joelton," said Joelton resident and Council-At-Large candidate Ken Jakes. "And don't do it because I asked you. Do it because you were elected by your constituents and I can guarantee you you're constituents don't want it in their back yard like we don't want it in ours."

The people who wanted these types of gas compressors banished to industrial areas were easy to pick out Tuesday night in their bright yellow shirts.

Joelton is right along Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company's underground line.

The company owns the property it wants to build on.

People from not only Joelton but several from across the county came to speak against the project and urge council members to vote for the bill.

The only people in opposition were representatives of the company itself.

James Weaver is an attorney for Tennessee Gas Pipeline.

He said this ban wouldn't mean a thing because it's up to the federal government to OK the project.

"If it is (deemed necessary) FERC will issue a certificate of convenience and necessity," Weaver said. "This certificate trumps... all other local restrictions including those contained in this bill."

The bill was approved unanimously on its second vote. It faces one more vote before becoming law.

Some council members suspected if approved it would be quickly headed for a lawsuit.