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Federal agency finds proposed pipeline wouldn't cause harm to landowners, environment

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CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee — A federal agency has determined that a proposal to build a natural gas pipeline across Todd County, Kentucky, that would serve Clarksville, Tennessee, would not adversely affect area landowners or the environment.

According to The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/1nbkodU), the finding was contained in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's environmental assessment of the Clarksville Natural Gas Interconnect Pipeline Project.

The report released earlier this month says with "appropriate mitigating measures" the project would not have a significant adverse effect.

Kentucky landowners have opposed the project saying it could harm the environment and they will reap no benefit from it.

The proposed $6 million line would serve only as a backup source of natural gas, so other communities aren't allowed to tap in.

Clarksville currently has only one line connected to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. The second line would connect to Texas Gas Transmission on the north side of Todd County.

FERC held a public meeting in Todd County and also took written comments before issuing findings in reference to the objections.

The report noted the following:

— Since the line would carry natural gas only in an emergency, there would be nothing to distribute in Todd County.

— There was a low probability of the pipeline being damaged by a naturally occurring event.

— It doesn't appear that water quality or supplies would be affected, but the city should work with property owners to monitor any wells.

— Most of the property that will be disrupted will be replanted and restored, so no long-term impacts are expected on The Trail of Tears.

The agency also considered opponents' preference for another route.

"We did not identify any other pipelines or system alternatives in the project area that would be able to provide the additional gas supplies without incurring similar or greater amounts of environmental impacts," the report says.

If the pipeline gets approval, construction would begin in October and be completed about a year later.


Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com

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