An Early County Gas Plant's Plan to Move Upsets Residents

By: Jessica Leicht Email
By: Jessica Leicht Email

An Early County Commission meeting leaves folks with some unanswered questions.

But it's a familiar situation for some of the commissioners.

Residents on Rock Bluff Road voiced concerns over a gas plant moving into their neighborhood.

Two years ago, Southern L.P. Gas Services, bought land in another neighborhood.

Residents came to the board in search of finding a compromise.
So the board decided to let the company rent land in the county's industrial park.

Commissioner Butch Wiggins says the solution made both sides happy.

However it's now come to light that that contract was never finalized.
So the board changed the terms, increasing the company's liability insurance and rent.

Instead, the owner bought land in the Rock Bluff neighborhood and began planning the new plant.

"The whole deal changed and so now we're back where we were two years ago, with another neighborhood not wanting him in the neighborhood, so that's how we left it. There's not much we can do about it. We are trying to help, try and find another piece of land that we may be able to move him to that doesn't have neighbors close by,” Wiggins said.

Wiggins says without county zoning, there's not much the board can do legally to stop the move, but they're working on a new compromise.

L.P. Gas originally wanted to build the plant on Five Bridges Road.

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