NASHVILLE), July 26, 2016 — State Senator Steven Dickerson (R-Nashville) today urged citizens to attend a meeting on Wednesday with Metro Health Department staff regarding effects posed from the proposed gas compression station in Northwest Davidson County. The station is proposed to be located at 7650 Whites Creek Pike, which is within a mile of Paradise Ridge Park in Joelton.
Dickerson says there are still unanswered questions regarding the station’s impact to public health and that it could be the last opportunity for residents to get these answered as well as to voice their concerns.
“The proposed station would be located in close proximity to a park where children frequent,” said Senator Dickerson, who is a physician. “This park should be given the same consideration and protections afforded to Centennial, Riverfront or a number of other metro parks for the safety of the public.”
“In addition to public health concerns with groundwater and air emissions, there are noise issues as these compressor stations are very loud,” Dickerson added. “There are huge concerns that need to be addressed and I want to make sure that all citizens have an opportunity to ask their questions or voice their concerns at this meeting.”
Kinder Morgan plans to begin construction on the Joelton site next year if approval is given.
In addition to the property’s close proximity to an organic farm operation, it is also near Walden’s Puddle, a wildlife rehabilitation center. The refuge relies on a tranquil setting to help the 3,500 plus injured or orphaned animals which are housed there. The stations cause noise that could harm the protected wildlife.
“This is a residential and agricultural community,” Dickerson continued. “The emission of toxic fumes and chemicals, as well as noise pollution, could be very detrimental.”
The meeting on Wednesday begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Lentz Health Department, 2500 Charlotte Avenue, in Nashville.