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Environment
6:40 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Who Wants to Transport Natural Gas Liquids Through Kentucky? Two Companies are Asking.

The proposed route for the Bluegrass Pipeline.
Williams

It’s open season for hunting Kentucky deer—and apparently for Kentucky pipelines as well.

Right now, there are two proposed pipelines that would carry natural gas liquids through Kentucky. One of these is the Bluegrass Pipeline, a joint venture between Williams and Boardwalk Partners. The proposal involves 500 miles of new construction through Kentucky and Ohio to carry hydrocarbons from natural gas drilling (materials like ethane, butane and propane) to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico.

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Environment
10:27 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Beshear Says He Still Believes Bluegrass Pipeline Issues Can Wait Until January

Williams

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he hasn’t made up his mind about whether a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline would benefit Kentucky.

If it’s built, the Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids—like butane and ethane—from drilling operations in the Northeast to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico. Representatives from pipeline company Williams have been surveying in the state for the past several months, but the pipeline has met opposition from groups and citizens who say current regulations aren’t adequate.  

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Environment
3:54 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Kentucky Legislator Pre-Files Bill to Address Eminent Domain for Bluegrass Pipeline

Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline demonstrated in Frankfort earlier this summer.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A Western Kentucky lawmaker has pre-filed a bill to clarify Kentucky's eminent domain law. The topic has been the subject of much speculation over the past few months, as a company seeks to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky. The developers of the Bluegrass Pipeline say they believe they have the right of eminent domain under Kentucky law, but numerous others including the legal counsel of the Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Kentucky Attorney General disagree.

The bill was filed by Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville.

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Environment
5:07 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Hear From Bluegrass Pipeline Supporters, Opponents

Williams

Kentucky lawmakers are weighing whether to take any action to regulate a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline that could cross the state. A joint legislative committee heard from both proponents and opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline on Thursday.

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Environment
12:32 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Legislative Committee to Hear Testimony Tomorrow on Bluegrass Pipeline

Citizens rallied at the Capitol last month against the pipeline.
Erica Peterson WFPL News

A legislative committee will hear testimony tomorrow from the company that wants to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky. State government employees and environmental advocates will also testify.

Last month, the state Senate passed a resolution urging further study of the Bluegrass Pipeline, but this meeting marks the first time lawmakers will formally hear from the project’s advocates and opponents.

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Environment
8:35 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Kentucky Senate Passes Resolution Urging Further Study of Bluegrass Pipeline Project

Williams

Update 9:39 a.m: The Senate passed the resolution by a voice vote.

Original post: The Kentucky State Senate will consider a resolution on natural gas liquids pipelines, spurred by recent surveying in Kentucky for the Bluegrass Pipeline.

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Environment
11:43 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Two More Counties Pass Resolutions Opposing Bluegrass Pipeline

A sign opposing the Bluegrass Pipeline at an information session in Frankfort.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Pendleton and Shelby counties have joined the growing number of Kentucky counties registering formal opposition to--or requesting more regulation and study--of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline. This brings the total number of counties passing some sort of resolution to seven.

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Environment
3:31 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Is There Enough Demand For Two Natural Gas Liquids Pipelines Through Kentucky?

Kinder Morgan

Call it the Battle of the Pipelines.

For the past two months, I’ve been reporting on the Bluegrass Pipeline—a proposal to build a new natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky and Ohio to connect existing infrastructure. Now, another company has announced plans to re-purpose an existing natural gas line across the Commonwealth for the same type of materials.

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Environment
1:42 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Explodes in Illinois

Think Progress

Earlier this week, a natural gas liquids pipeline exploded in western Illinois. This pipeline was a different diameter than the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline (10 inches, rather than 24 inches), and it wasn't owned by either of the two companies involved in the Bluegrass Pipeline (Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners). Even so, it provides a reminder of the safety hazards associated with NGL pipelines.

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Environment
11:56 am
Wed August 14, 2013

County Fiscal Court Opposition to Bluegrass Pipeline Grows

Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline gathered at the Capitol last week.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Washington County has passed a formal resolutions opposing the construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky, and the Woodford County fiscal court has unanimously voted to allow the county attorney to draft a resolution. This brings the total number of counties passing or considering similar resolutions to six: Franklin, Marion, Scott and Anderson counties have approved measures over the past few weeks.

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