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"I have a ton of questions," says homeowner Cathy Maurer. "I know nothing about what they're going to do so I'm trying to find out. They've put 5 stakes in my backyard and I have no idea what that means."
Maurer is one of over 200 homeowners whose property adjoins the easement for a natural gas pipeline.
"We've actually gotten a little over 80% of all those property owners with an easement that we've come to a mutually agreeable decision on it," says Piedmont Natural Gas' David L. Trusty. "That's the way we try to work it. We want to be up front and open with people about this. It's a very transparent process."
The Piedmont Natural Gas line will run for 13.5 miles along the existing TVA right-of-way from Antioch to Chickering Road in Southwest Davidson County. Part of it will cross Radnor Lake State Park.
"I'm sure these guys will do a good job of what they do but when they're gone the animals will be gone," says homeowner Glen Sisk. "The birds will be gone, so the disruption of the park might change Radnor Lake forever."
Piedmont says it will work to minimize the impact on Radnor Lake and surrounding homes. Like it or not, the pipeline is on its way.
"It's kind of like a road or street," says homeowner Boyd Simmons. "They're going to put it in anyway. All you can do is fuss about it, that's about it I think."
Piedmont says it has to build the new pipeline to comply with Federal Department of Transportation Safety regulations. Construction could begin as early as next month. Another public information meeting is scheduled for February 19 at Forest Hills City Hall.
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Earth Day 2012 Living Green & Healthy
The Nashville community will celebrate the eleventh annual Nashville Earth Day Festival onSaturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Centennial Park.This years theme, Living Green & Healthy will help the community take another step toward Mayor Karl Deans goal of making Nashville the greenest city in the Southeast.The event is free and open to all ages.
The Nashville Earth Day Festivalhas been held in Centennial Park for the past 11 years and has grown to over 10,000 people in attendance.
The event will feature many exhibits and activities aimed at educating Middle Tennesseans about protecting our environment. With nearly a hundred family-friendly booths, hosted bycommunity groups, environmental organizations and government agencies, will offer fun and exciting hands-on activities for all ages.