Gala held to stop controversial gas compressor station in Joelton

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

JOELTON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Residents in Joelton are still fighting to keep a gas compressor station out of their neighborhood.

Concerned Citizens for a Safe Environment hosted a gala Saturday night to raise money for legal fees to keep the compressor out of their area.

Kid Rock was among around 200 people who came out to the Mansion at Fontanel for the event.

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Tennessee Gas Pipeline wants to build the compressor as part of the Broad Run Expansion Project, which is on 82-acres in Joelton near three existing pipelines.

The plan is to compress natural gas so it can travel more quickly from West Virginia through Tennessee to the Gulf Coast.

It’s a battle that Zan Martin has been fighting for more than a year.

Kid Rock was among the guests at the gala. (Photo: WKRN)
Kid Rock was among the guests at the gala. (Photo: WKRN)

“We are totally against this and do not want it to happen. It’s a disaster waiting to happen,” Martin, who lives in Whites Creek, told News 2.

Businesses and residents fear the facility will release toxic air emissions, create groundwater contamination and noise.

“I own a farm. We grow by organic standards and this is directly across the street from my organic farm,” Lori Brickhead president of CCSE explained.

Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline company has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to move forward with their plans, but these residents want a rehearing and have hired an environmental attorney from Washington D.C. to help with the case.

“It abuts to the only public park in Joelton, where the children play after school and the adults walk trails and take Zumba, it’s just so inappropriate,” said Martin.

Reps from Kinder Morgan say the law requires them to make sure the noise is no louder than 55 decibels, which they say is equivalent to a quiet conversation. They also say the plant would not release toxic air emissions and that they would have a complete environmental compliance plan.

If the gas compressor station gets final approval construction will start in December.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s division of air pollution control will have a public hearing at 1 p.m. on Nov. 15 in the William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower.