A gas pipeline project in western Forsyth County could start in June, provided the pending variance applications are approved.
Atlanta Gas Light plans to install a 24-inch line through Cherokee County and about 7.3 miles of Forsyth in an existing easement.
The pipeline is intended to meet the growing demand on the system, said Jodie Huiet, manager of community relations for Atlanta Gas “In order to increase supply and capacity in the area of Forsyth County, we’re having to add an additional pipeline, and it’s what we call a transmission line,” Huiet said.
“It really just pushes gas from a liquefied natural gas facility in Cherokee over to a regulator station in Forsyth County to increase the pressure and allow us to continue to serve our customers on the coldest days of the year.”
She likened the need to a congested interstate adding a lane to accommodate more traffic.
The line will run next to an existing one, which starts at a facility in Ball Ground and travels southeast crossing Post and Bethelview roads and Highway 9 before ending just past Ga. 400.
The easements were purchased by the company in the 1960s, Huiet said.
Affected property owners should have received notices before surveying for the project began early last year, she said.
The route also encroaches buffers of state waters, including 17 streams and two open waters, which requires permits from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
According to the public notice “The impacts to these buffers will be minimized to the maximum extent practicable by crossing at nearly perpendicular angles as well as implementation of soil erosion and sediment control measures.”
That 30-day comment period will close in late April.