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Federal agency approves Tenn. gas pipeline that will go through part of Kentucky


CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee — A federal agency has approved plans for a natural gas pipeline across Todd County, Kentucky, that would mostly serve Clarksville, Tennessee.

The (Clarksville) Leaf-Chronicle ( reports that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently issued a certificate for the Clarksville Natural Gas Interconnect Pipeline Project. The certificate includes conditions and stipulations that would allow others access to the pipeline.

Kentucky landowners had raised environmental concerns about the project and said they wouldn't reap any benefit from the original proposal, which would not have allowed others to access the pipeline since it is being built as an emergency backup.

Clarksville is planning to build the 20-mile underground pipeline to tie into the Texas Gas Transmission pipeline on the north side of Todd County.

Currently, Clarksville has only one line, connected to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company at a point 26 miles southeast of Clarksville. Adding the second line would increase capacity by 52,000 million cubic feet per day, but it would be used only as a backup source.

Todd County Judge Executive Daryl Greenfield said he hopes residents will take advantage of the access.

"Although we recognize some in our community may bear a burden ... the opportunity to obtain natural gas in parts of our community where it is currently unavailable hopefully makes that burden easier to accept," he said.

Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle,

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