A fuel terminal to fill up scores of tanker trucks that deliver to gas stations is planned for a Dickson County area of cattle and horse farms, where some residents fear government seizure of their land for road-building tied to the project and others worry about noise and environmental hazards.
County Planning and Zoning Director David Darnell said County Mayor Bob Rial has told him not to provide information on the sprawling industrial complex slated for the area southwest of the I-40 / I-840 interchange near 2 Mile Road, Hogan Road and Porter Road. Darnell told a reporter to refer all questions about the meeting to Rial.
“The mayor wants all questions to go through his office,” Darnell said by phone when asked about the project, which was the subject of a crowded Planning Commission meeting held April 23 in a courtroom in the courthouse annex building.
Rial didn’t respond to questions about the project. The Dickson Post has confirmed the fuel terminal plan with BP America, which owns a petroleum pipeline in the area that would supply the terminal. The Dickson Post has also confirmed it with county Planning Commission member David Brogdon, documents Brogdon provided, and numerous residents who fear land grabs, truck noise, traffic congestion, water contamination, explosions and drops in property values.
Brogdon, a Dickson lawyer, said he hadn’t heard about the project until paperwork was given to him about a week before the April 23 meeting.
Titan Partners LLC, which the Dickson Post has been unable to reach, is the applicant for the fuel facility proposal. Plans call for a cluster of above-ground storage tanks with a capacity exceeding 4 million gallons of fuel, along with at least one pumping station to feed as many as 100 tanker trucks daily in what is currently a quiet area of narrow roads twisting alongside farms, woodlands and creeks.
“BP is aware of the proposed project,” Michael Abendhoff of BP America’s media relations arm said in an email. “BP does not have ownership in the Titan Partners, LLC and is not constructing the proposed terminal.”
Rial’s office confirmed that the Planning Commission held a meeting April 23 and cast a 7-3 vote in favor of what Rial’s office called a “site plan” for “Project DV.” Brogdon confirmed the vote, adding that he voted against the plan. The planning commission routinely considers site plans for such projects.
Brogdon said the site of the planned terminal is zoned for heavy industrial use, so no rezoning is required for the type of proposed facility.
“Legally, there wasn’t anything we could do to stop it,” Brogdon said.
Brogdon said he didn’t know the size of the planned terminal, though he provided a map depicting the facility. The map indicates dozens of acres would be occupied by the terminal.
The map shows extensive road-building plans that include no on-ramps or off-ramps from the planned terminal to either I-40 or I-840. The map shows proposals for new and realigned roads through several adjacent parcels that trucks would use to get to and from Highway 46. One large parcel already owned or controlled by Titan is adjacent to farms and homes in the area.
At least one real estate professional has approached residents whose land would be used for roads leading to the site with offers to buy their property.
Some residents said that if they don’t sell, they worry that the county might commence eminent domain proceedings for road-building in the area and pay them less than what Titan Partners is offering. Eminent domain occurs when the government seizes property for public use. Payment is made to the property owners.
Residents who attended the Planning Commission meeting April 23 said they weren’t allowed to speak there.
The annex building, which houses county offices, was closed to the public through April 30 for social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brogdon said the planning commissioners maintained social distancing at the meeting, but he didn’t dispute residents’ claims that the room was too small for everyone in attendance to be six feet apart.