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GA man worried natural gas pipeline will hurt business

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MURRAY COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -
A Murray County, Georgia farmer is worried about how a proposed project would affect his businesses.

The project is still in the beginning phases. The 106 mile stretch of natural gas would run from Coweta County near Atlanta, to Murray and Whitfield counties in Northwest Georgia.

“It’s hard to put a price tag on sentimental,” Stacy Cochran said.

Cochran lives on his Murray County farm that’s been in the family for four generations.

“We’ve got a cattle farm on part of it. And then we’ve got income producing rental properties on the other half,” he added.

But Cochran is worried about his farm’s future after receiving a letter from a company called William’s. It operates natural gas pipelines across the country.

“What we’ve proposed is to extend our Transco pipeline from our existing pipeline and run North through five counties,” William’s Spokesperson Chris Stockton said.

If the project is given the green light, it will be the fourth time Cochran’s property has been taken under eminent domain.

“It’s starting to get real old,” Cochran added.

The company will pay owners the market value of the land. But Cochran says that doesn’t offset the cost affected to his farm and rental properties.

“I’m here seven days a week. This is my office. This is my livelihood. And no one should be able to come in and take your livelihood,” Cochran said.

Stockton says regulators encourage companies to run lines parallel with existing corridors to help lessen the impact on the environment.

The plans aren’t set in stone yet. William’s held an open house in Dalton on Thursday to hear from the public.

Next, the company will submit their application. If approved, construction would begin in the Spring of 2016.

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