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Fort Worth Gas Pipeline Vote Postponed Amid Concerns

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Residents are pushing back against Chesapeake Energy’s plan to build a massive compressor station off Randol Mill Road to push more natural gas down its pipelines.

“We knew nothing about this until Friday,” said resident Debbie McClendon, who lives about a mile from the site. “I’m mainly concerned about my health.”

McClendon never noticed the sign announcing a proposed zoning change on the 40-acre property near her home, where Chesapeake hopes to build the compressor station.

The site would move natural gas throughout pipelines. Compressor stations have also been flagged in a city-funded study for emitting toxic contaminants.

“We’ve had in the last several days several residents come to us and tell us that they want to move out of the area before the zoning commission has even decided this,” said Jim Roland, president of the River Trails Homeowners Association.

Chesapeake said it scouted several sites for years to build a compression station that could serve all natural gas producers. The company told zoning commissioners Wednesday that the Northeast Fort Worth location has much more around it than just homes.

“There’s landfills in this area, there are industrial uses such as a concrete plant, there are well sites around this area; so it did fit,” said Mercedes Bolin, spokeswoman for Chesapeake.

But the Oklahoma-based natural gas company was outnumbered by homeowners at Wednesday’s meeting and wasn’t able to address their concerns. So the energy company asked to delay a zoning vote for 30 days to try and ease homeowner fears.

“We’re expecting to hear from Chesapeake in a few days, so we’re willing to listen to what they have to say,” Roland said.

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