These photographs show Kinder Morgan pipelines ranging from 26″-32″ in diameter and operating at pressures ranging from 750psi to 1000psi at various locations in Tennessee.
After successfully lobbying the TN House of Representatives to pass HB 1405 stripping TN communities of any grounds to challenge big polluters on air quality impact/zoning requirements, the company that owns and operates these pipelines has withdrawn it’s 2 suits against Metro Nashville for not issuing permits QUICKLY ENOUGH. In spite of the best efforts of a unified community organized to navigate the legal challenges available this company has been green-lighted by federal state and local governments to move forward with construction and are currently building Broad Run Compressor Station 563 at 7650 Whites Creek Pike. At 60,000 HP it will be one of the largest compressor stations in the country and will impact the air every person in the Nashville area breathes. The 2 ordinances passed at the City-Council level to prevent big polluters from forcing themselves on communities have been undermined by fossil-fuel interests and corruption in the Tennessee legislature. This infrastructure expansion will boost the volume of material moved via local pipes bound for Texas and Louisiana where much of it will be shipped as Liquified Natural Gas to various offshore markets. This whole scheme is subsidized by federal taxpayer dollars to the tune of tens of billions of dollars. Where does the money go? Maintaining and inspecting pipelines?
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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