UPDATE: Groups Protest Gas Pipeline at KY Capitol

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 08/07/13 5:53 PM CDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Land owners joined environmental activists at the state Capitol to oppose a pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through several counties in northern Kentucky.

Some land owners spoke during a brief rally Wednesday afternoon about their fear of the proposed underground pipeline, which is being developed by a partnership of two energy companies. The more than 1,000-mile pipeline would carry a byproduct of the natural gas refining process from the northeast to the Gulf Coast.

The residents say they're worried the companies could use eminent domain laws to cut a pathway through privately owned lands.

The group delivered a petition to Gov. Steve Beshear's office that asks the governor to put pipeline-related issues on the agenda for the special session of the General Assembly later this month.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Land owners and environmentalists are gathering in Frankfort to protest a proposed pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through several counties in northern Kentucky.

A partnership of two energy companies announced a plan earlier this year to build the underground pipeline. The Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids from sources in the northeast to a connection in Breckinridge County.

Environmental groups, including Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, are planning to take a petition to Gov. Steve Beshear's office on Wednesday afternoon. In a statement, the groups say they are concerned the pipeline project will use eminent domain laws to cut a pathway through privately owned lands.

Several landowners have voiced opposition to the project, and local governments in Franklin, Scott and Marion counties have passed resolutions opposing the pipeline.

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