We are disappointed.
EPA has completed its 45-day review of Metro’s draft air permit and has approved it. Today, June 23, Metro Nashville Health Department granted Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline the air permit required for work on Compressor Station 563 to begin. Hence, after Kinder Morgan receives final approval from FERC in a few days, it should not surprise you to see trucks starting to approach the KM property at 7650 Whites Creek Pike for constructi…on work.
We are disappointed when industries bully their way into our neighborhood with no regard to the health of our residents, especially of the children at Paradise Ridge Park.
We are disappointed in the State of Tennessee: first, for legislation passed earlier this year that prevents linking air quality issues to zoning requirements, and secondly, to the State Air Pollution Control Board for not accepting Metro’s ordinances into the State Implementation Plan. Tennessee policymakers should value our clean air, and it’s surely a disappointment that they don’t.
Many of us are also disappointed – indeed, fearful – that, like FERC, the entire EPA seems likely to be transformed into a rubber stamp for any oil or gas industry project that’s proposed.
We have accomplished many successes of which we are proud. We’ve made many new friends and we’ve seen this community gain strength in our resolve against this industrial intruder.
Through our efforts, we achieved much more stringent air quality levels; NOx emissions will be greatly lessened by as much as 70%.. While Kinder Morgan’s original plans called for 25 parts per million (ppm) of NOx, the permit as it stands allows only 9-15 ppm maximum.
We are thankful for the support of Mayor Barry, Metro Council, and the Health Department. The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) has steered us skillfully, and they are continuing to help us weigh the legal options that remain at the local and national levels. Know that we were told from the beginning that there was nothing we could do, but we still exhausted every path we could find to prevent this station from being constructed. We assure you that our campaign for the health and safety of our community will continue.
Have you heard about the two “fracked” gas compressors that the oil & gas business plans to construct in Davidson County? Joelton and Cane Ridge are the communities targeted to host these emitters of industrial pollution one 60,000 horsepower and the other 40,000. Nashville is the first major US Metropolitan City expected to assume the public safety risks and health impacts of gas infrastructure this scale. Below is a model of emission impacts based on a 30-mile radius. Downtown Nashville sits in the overlapping zone where impact is doubled. For information on how to become involved in the effort to prevent this development please visit Concerned Citizens For A Safe Environment at the following link:
On May 3rd and 4th of 2016, after many long months, the community of Middle Tennessee was very grateful to welcome federal pipeline inspectors from the PHMSA(Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Organization) to see for themselves the unsafe condition of the interstate pipeline infrastructure passing through Davidson County. Going forward our aim will be to get some measure of accountability from the owner/operator of these pipelines to ensure they clean up their act in this area and address the issues raised by the flood of 2010 which uncovered and exposed a great deal of problems with these ancient pipes. Please stay engaged in our grassroots community struggle for the future of Davidson County as we know it. We hope to prevent the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure under these conditions and we feel this operator has ignored a public safety threat with impunity for long enough. Please stay engaged with CCSE (Concerned Citizens For A Safe Environment) at www.ccsenow.org and stand with friends and neighbors to protect our community from this unwanted development.
For those who are residents of Davidson County, you may have heard about the 60,000 horsepower gas compressor station that has been proposed for construction in a rural/agricultural/residential area in the town of Joelton, just north of Nashville. It will be among the largest fossil fuel infrastructures of it’s kind in the country and it poses numerous risks to human and environmental health. The community has almost unanimously taken the position that this development is unwanted and has successfully moved Nashville Metro City Council to put in place an ordinance that keeps industrial infrastructure such as the proposed compressor station in industrially zoned areas. The company who seeks to impose their development upon the community claims to be exempt from state and local law and is proceeding as though the ordinance will not hold under pressure from their army of attorneys as well as the political pressure they are able to exert on public officials.
It is for this reason that Mike took action in the summer of 2015 to document and catalogue the numerous indefensible examples of poorly maintained and unsafe pipeline infrastructure that will soon be subject to greater internal pressures due to expanded capacity for export markets as the company has boasted. The expanded activity will bring no jobs or economic benefit to our area, only the very real risks associated with this type of infrastructure in combination with deteriorating pipeline, in many cases up to 70 years old.
The 2015 Field Study of Gas Pipeline Safety In Tennessee was submitted into Federal proceedings on January 11th 2016 in a request for intervention.
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