People Voice Concerns Over Proposed Bluegrass Pipeline

Reported by: Ian Preston
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Updated: 9/19/2013 7:04 pm
Residents in northwest Woodford County are putting signs in their front lawns protesting the Bluegrass Pipeline project.

The pipeline is being proposed by the companies Boardwalk and Williams.

The proposal is to run 200 to 400 million barrels of natural gas liquid from northeast Ohio, to the Gulf Coast every day.

The proposed pipeline would run through the center of the Commonwealth.

The state would make $136 million per year in new tax revenue from the project, according to the companies.

Natural gas liquid is a odorless, colorless and tasteless liquid that is highly flammable.

People who live along the proposed pipeline route said they're concerned about leaks in the line, and the liquid mixing in the soil and water sources.

They said they are also are concerned that the line, which would be buried 36 inches into the ground, is too shallow and leaves the line open for accidental ruptures or even an explosion.

Supporters of the pipeline, like the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association, said Boardwalk and Williams would make the pipeline state-of-the-art and thoroughly check the line 24/7 for any maintenance needs.

State lawmakers are expected to discuss the project when they return in January for the General Assembly session.


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