FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- An email exchange shows that state officials gave permission for Bluegrass Pipeline developers to survey a state park after preliminary work had already begun.
The emails between staff at the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet were obtained through an open records request by the group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, which opposes the pipeline, and shared with The Courier-Journal.
The newspaper reported that survey stakes were put in the ground at Kincaid Lake State Resort Park before state workers pulled them up. Afterward, lengthy discussions ensued and state officials gave permission for the survey.
A spokesman for the Williams company, which is a partner in the natural gas liquids pipeline, told the newspaper that only preliminary survey work was done without permission. He said the actual survey was done after getting permission.