Man fears natural gas pipeline will disturb cemetery

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Holder location could be more than 100 years old

By Pat Faherty

Special to the Citizen

Frank Atkins wants a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut across Citrus County to take another route.

The 85-year-old Holder resident was not alone in questioning the project at a Wednesday night public meeting in Rainbow Springs. 

But unlike most of the people speaking against the proposed Sabal Trail project, which includes the Citrus County line, his concern was not environmental, economic or safety related.

Atkins fears for the small unnamed cemetery in Holder where his mother is buried. It lies in the proposed right of way for the pipeline.

“I’m concerned about the cemetery,” said the retired school district employee. “A lot of families have people there. We’ve already got a power line over it.”

“I’ve been here all my life,” said Atkins, who owns the property. “There is another way they can go. I’ve worked all my life for it, and they come up with this. Let them go another way.”

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