Bluegrass Pipeline opponents plan for next battle

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Organizers of the successful campaign to halt the Bluegrass Pipeline are gearing up for new battles.

The widespread introduction of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has unlocked gas reserves in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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Chris Schimmoeller told the Lexington Herald-Leader ( that Kentucky can expect more pipeline proposals as companies search for ways to move the gas to Gulf Coast refineries.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and MarkWest Utica EMG already have announced plans to convert 1,000 miles of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, and other proposals could be in the works.

Schimmoeller was one of the organizers of a Saturday meeting in Lexington to discuss natural gas liquids, landowner rights and what local governments can do to protect their citizens.

Schimmoeller said residents and politicians need to be educated and prepared.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,


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