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Officials want more information on proposed pipeline, Owen Co. judge says

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By Mary Alford
N-H Staff Writer
Officials from several Kentucky counties are meeting the Bluegrass Pipeline project with skeptic eyes.
Owen County Judge-executive  Carolyn Keith said officials simply want more information on the proposed pipeline that would transport natural gas liquids from areas in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the northeast United States as well as to the Gulf of Mexico. The pipeline would extend through several Kentucky counties.
“Talking to all the other county judges that are involved, I think everyone is skeptical and wants more information,” Keith said.
The Bluegrass Pipeline project was developed by two energy infrastructure companies, Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP.
According to Keith, many thought this would be a natural gas line, but she said that is not the case.
“From what I understand, it’s the by-products of the making of natural gas and those ingredients, those chemicals made in the production can be used to make plastic products,” Keith said.
Tom Droege a representative from Williams, said the line will transport natural gas liquids or NGLs.
“NGLs primarily consist of ethane, propane, butane and natural gasoline and are valuable building blocks for everyday products ranging from car bumpers and toys to adhesives and instrument lenses,” Droege said.
A portion of the pipeline already exists, however the 600 mile segment through Kentucky and Ohio will still need to be constructed.
The map on the pipeline website has the line hitting several Kentucky counties including Bracken, Pendleton, Grant, Owen, Harrison, Scott, Franklin, Woodford, Anderson, Nelson, Larue, Hardin and Breckinridge.
According to Keith, if the pipeline were to come through the county it would be a small portion.
“The only area I know they were interested in coming through is Leaning Oak Road,” Keith said.
Two or three citizens from Leaning Oak have already called her, Keith said, indicating that someone on behalf of Williams had been in the area surveying and looking around.
“I personally feel if the citizens out on Leaning Oak Road do not want it coming through their property. We don’t want it. It’s that simple,” Keith said.
However, the representative from Williams told Keith it would be in a very limited part of the county and swing back over into Scott County.
Keith said she believes the pipeline is going to be met with wide opposition.
“Nothing in it will benefit Kentucky,” Keith said.
According to the website, Williams and Boardwalk expect the planned project to be placed into service in late 2015, assuming all necessary conditions are met.