Piedmont Natural Gas plans 13.5-mile pipeline for southern Davidson County

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 3:38pm
Staff reports

Some of the most expensive real estate in the Nashville area will be affected when Piedmont Natural Gas begins construction of a new pipeline across a 13.5 mile stretch of southern Davidson County.

Letters dated February 8 went out to residents notifying them of a land survey that Piedmont is going to perform, including land surveying and taking core soil samples. While construction of the pipeline — which will be built mainly within a Tennessee Valley Authority power line easement — does not have a start date yet, the company expects the work to start and finish in 2013. Survey work, right-of-way acquisition and permitting will begin almost immediately.

Piedmont said that the new pipeline is required "to remain in compliance with the new Federal Department of Transportation natural gas pipeline inspection and safety standards."

The new line will run from an existing line near Shire Drive to Piedmont's regulator station near Chickering Road.

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5 Comments on this post:

By: Left-of-Local on 2/9/12 at 9:36

Well, well, well. Let's see the vast neoconservative base of that brilliant bimbo Marsha Blackburn stand on their support of big-business oil and gas now that it will be "in their back yard"...

Can't WAIT to see this one pan out.

By: Moonglow1 on 2/10/12 at 8:07

Moonglow1: I hope the place another pipeline right through Brentwood which strongly supports the Blackburn Bimbo.

Actually I believe Bush's son-in-law works for Piedmont. This can't be good. We better be careful. Hydrofracking may follow.

Why do we need a pipeline here? What is TVA's function?

By: PKVol on 2/10/12 at 11:58

TVA has no function here other than allowing the right-of-way it already owns to be used (no mention of compensation from Piedmont, but not relevant either way).

Underground Natural Gas Pipelines are the safest way of transporting natural gas - I spent two summers working on a natural gas pipeline crew doing maintenance and upkeep for a right-of-way that had 2 26" pipelines and 1 20" pipeline over a ten mile stretch of land.

Pipelines generally run at about 25% of the maximum rated pressure and rarely exceed 50% of maximum rated pressure for the pipeline itself. The lines are also tested to at least 120% of the rated pressure, so the chance of failure is minimal.

By: Lealand419 on 2/10/12 at 1:55

As a 25-year resident of Oak Hill and frequent visitor to Radnor Lake State Natural Area, I would like to go on record as strongly opposing any intrusion into the park's pristine environment by a gas pipeline (or any other non-natural, external physical construction or development). The Radnor property is unique and highly valued by many residents of Metro Nashville, surrounding areas, and even other parts of the US and abroad. There are alternative possible pipeline routes that would not disturb Radnor's fragile eco-system. I strongly urge Piedmont to seek out another viable route. Our natural environment must receive the highest priority as it is irreplaceable (what's left of it).

Regardless of Marsha Blackburn!
Lee Martin
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By: JeffF on 2/10/12 at 5:05

Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the lake at Radnor Lake "non-natural" aka man-made? Radnor's "fragile ecosystem" is itself a fabrication. If you want "natural environment" I would suggest tearing out the welcome center, parking lots, lake, and walking paths and ban the neighbors from trespassing instead of using it as their little meditation dojo.

I don't believe any of the stuff above but I don't want people going off and spouting off as if Radnor is some sort of old growth Garden of Eden. That is how we get people who go off in on irrational tizzy whenever anything is proposed nearby and demanding the city or state spend valuable and finite resources to stop it.

Have a great weekend and enjoy that man-made lake this weekend.