ANTIOCH, TN — The Metro Health Department issued a construction permit for the controversial gas compressor in Antioch, saying it meets air pollution standards.
The natural gas compressor proposed by Columbia Gulf Transmission for a tract on Barnes Road northwest of Lenox Village and near Old Hickory Boulevard and Mill Creek met with controversy from neighbors who argued that it was too close to residential areas and that the gas company could easily build the compressor in more isolated rural areas. Nevertheless, the federal government issued its permits, though construction stayed on hold awaiting the appropriate local approvals.
Antioch residents found common cause with people in Joelton fighting against a similar project by Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed for a lot on Whites Creek Pike. Metro gave the OK to that project in June.
Tennessee Gas filed a federal lawsuit in February against Metro, seeking injunctions that would allow construction to move forward. The Metro Council passed an ordinance in 2015 saying that compressors couldn’t be built in agricultural-zoned areas and in 2016 sent a petition to the state’s Air Pollution Control Board asking that projects be required to comply with Metro Codes air-pollution standards before receiving air quality permits. Tennessee Gas argued Metro overstepped its authority because the federal Natural Gas Act gives pipeline power to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The FERC issued the necessary permits to the pipelines and the parties agreed to a dismissal of the federal case in August.
The permits and responses to public comment for both projects are available online.
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