Park says pipeline proposal poses threat to cave’s resources

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The National Park Service says a plan to change an aging pipeline near Mammoth Cave National Park from carrying natural gas to natural gas liquids poses a threat to the cave’s ecological systems.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/1JTLB0y) the proposal by Kinder Morgan to convert part of its Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. operations has stirred controversy all year along a 256-mile path through Kentucky.

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Bobby Carson, chief of science and resource management for the park, says the 70-year-old pipeline may not be safe for carrying the liquids, which if spilled could damage the park’s rare natural resources, including a variety of endangered species.

Kinder Morgan spokesman Richard Wheatley says the company is committed to public safety, protecting the environment and operating its facilities in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.

 

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