Feds hear pipeline concerns

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

CHERRY MOUND, Tex. -- A multibillion dollar pipeline proposed course is through Grayson County. Some Cherry Mound residents say, "not in their backyard." Monday night they asked the federal government for answers.

Officials with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, along with Congressman Ralph Hall, listened to residents concerns about a compressor station in their neighborhood.

Residents packed the fellowship hall of Cherry Mound Baptist Church, speaking out against a 42-inch steel pipeline. Boardwalk Pipeline, a Kentucky-based company with offices in Houston, plans to build a compressor station on a forty acre plot in the Cherry Mound area.

FERC will decide if the company can build the hundreds of miles of pipeline, that could provide millions of energy. The natural gas would run from the Barnett Shale area of central Texas to southern Mississippi. The pipeline would pass through Grayson County on the way to its destination.

"The pipelines will cover over and the grass will grow soon and they'll forget and not worry so much about them but that compressor's gonna be there forever," said Rep. Ralph Hall, a congressman in the US House of Representatives.

"It's going to exude, it's probably going to be potentially dangerous and think it's happy that the top guy in the United States of America, the top guy in the federal energy regulatory commission and listen to them directly. I think they'll get some response."

Residents say they're concerned with property values, noise, and safety of a compressor occupying 19 acres in the area. Boardwalk officials filed paperwork in March. FERC will evaluate every aspect of the proposed pipeline and its compressions, but residents are grateful for an audience with the feds.

Members of the Cherry Mound Coalition, a group opposed to the pipeline, are preparing alternate sites for the station. They hope for a different route for the natural gas.

An officials with Boardwalk Pipeline attended the meeting, but was not available for comment. During the meeting he said the company is working diligently on the project, and they plan to follow necessary regulations.

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