Readers write: Pipeline concerns

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Dear Editor:
As distraught landowners along the proposed route for the Bluegrass hazardous liquids Pipeline, we wish to express our dismay upon finding stakes on our property on Sunday, February 16.  On two occasions, we have adamantly told the pipeline reps that we said “No” to the pipeline and did not want them on our property.

Our 41-acre property in southern Nelson County is invaluable to us as our philosophy is to protect nature and the woods. We built our log cabin by hand with family and friends helping.  Many people go hiking in our woods including our children and grandchildren.  While on hikes we gather rose hips for tea and hickory bark for syrup, look at flowers—including a very rare yellow ladies slipper—listen to the song of the whip-poor-wills, learn to identify wildflowers and trees, and appreciate the beauty of nature.

Your help is needed now!  We are asking you to call the legislative hotline at 1-800-372-7181 and leave a message for all state representatives and senators. 

Please ask for their support of House Bill 31 and Senate Bill 14.  

These bills will clarify the eminent domain law with respect to the Bluegrass Pipeline and other possible future pipelines.  The property rights of Kentuckians are at stake: eminent domain should only be invoked for public utilities or a project that is clearly for the public benefit.  Rep. David Floyd underscored the importance of eminent domain legislation, sharing that “The issue is more serious than my back yard.  The issue is the private  property rights of every citizen of this state.”

Larry and Frances Strange
Bardstown, Ky.


Dear Editor:
I am very concerned about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline that would transport natural gas liquids (NGLs) through Kentucky.  NGLs are not the same as natural gas:  they are highly flammable, hazardous liquids remaining after natural gas is extracted from the ground and include benzene, which causes cancer.

Representatives of Bluegrass Pipeline Partners, LLC, have stated they have the power of eminent domain to condemn land for the pipeline route.  Many Kentucky landowners do not want this potentially dangerous NGL pipeline routed through their property but feel threatened that their land will be condemned.

The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee just approved a bill regarding eminent domain (HB-31) that will go before the full house for vote this week.  The Senate Judiciary Committee is working on similar legislation (SB-14).   HB-31 will exclude NGL pipelines from the purposes for which eminent domain may be used.  The bill will not prevent Bluegrass Pipeline Partners, LLC, from continuing to purchase easements, but, if passed, will protect Kentucky citizens from being forced to accept this potentially dangerous pipeline on their land.

Williams and Boardwalk, the parent company of Bluegrass Pipeline Partners, LLC, has a history of accidents and poor response (Parachute, Colo., for example). 

That Bluegrass Pipeline Partners is a limited liability company tells me the risk is very real.  The cost of damages and clean-up would be borne by the citizens of Kentucky.  Our water supply would never be the same.

Citizens refusing easements may be our only defense against the Bluegrass  Pipeline.  PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW to help get HB-31 and SB-14 passed. 

People from every county in Kentucky need to ask their state representatives and senators to support these bills-- please call the Kentucky legislative hotline at 1-800-372-7181 to leave a message, call your legislators directly at 502-564-8100 or contact them by email through www.lrc.ky.gov.  Thank you.

Veronica Fisher
Loretto, Ky.