County officials attend pipeline meeting

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By Molly Haines

Some area citizens are urging landowners to take a stand against the Bluegrass Pipeline, a project that has become controversial across Kentucky.
A group of about two-dozen citizens met at the Three Springs Campground in Corinth to better inform landowners from Owen, Scott and Grant counties on the pipeline.
Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith and Owen County’s third-district magistrate Teresa Davis, whose district could potentially be affected by the project, also attended the meeting.
The proposed pipeline was developed by two energy infrastructure companies, Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP, and would transport natural-gas liquids from gas-drilling operations in the northeastern United States to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico.
Cindy Foster, a Scott County resident who helped lead the informational meeting, said some believe the pipeline would be one that area residents could hook on to for natural gas to heat their homes, but that’s not the case at all.
According to the Kentucky Resources Council, natural-gas liquids products, which include ethane, propane, normal butane, isobutane and natural gasoline, are used as raw materials by the petrochemical industry, as feedstocks by refiners in the production of motor gasoline and as fuel by industrial and residential users.
According to Foster, natural-gas liquids are odorless and colorless. When the natural-gas liquids become a vapor, they may appear as a white cloud near the exit point from the pipeline.
Foster said igniting a vapor cloud of natural-gas liquids could result in an explosion, causing injury, destruction of property or death.
Keith said although many just learned of the pipeline earlier this summer, it has been in the works for at least two years.
“It goes a lot deeper than people think,” Keith said during the meeting. “… They’ve even situated relatives of (Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear) on their legal counsel … and they’re not being upfront with local officials at all.”
Keith said she would urge citizens to contact their local state representatives in protest of the project.
The Owen County Fiscal Court is expected to adopt a resolution that would take a stance on the project at its Sept. 10 meeting.
Davis said she hoped to form a petition with signatures from area residents to attach to the resolution.
Several citizens in attendance at the informational meeting said surveyors had already approached them about surveying on their property.
Pamela Wright, a farm owner on Leaning Oak Road, said she had initially granted the company permission to survey on her property but quickly rescinded that permission.
“The more I learned the more I realized this wasn’t something we wanted crossing our farm,” Wright said. “They were very vague.”
Wright said she would urge anyone that the pipeline may affect to make informed decisions before granting the company to survey on their property.