Regional
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Fri September 6, 2013

Energy Secretary Questions Use of Eminent Domain With Regards To Bluegrass Pipeline

Kentucky Energy Secretary Len Peters

The company that wants to build the Bluegrass Pipeline says it has the right to use eminent domain to take easements against landowners who don’t want to sell.  But, the state’s energy secretary has a different opinion. Len Peters says after reviewing state law, he believes, the Williams Company and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners of Texas would not have the right to take land using eminent domain.

The controversial pipeline project would take a liquid produced in the natural gas refining process across Northern and Central Kentucky en route to the Gulf Coast. 

Opponents of the pipeline have not only objected to potential use of eminent domain, but also over environmental concerns.  Each side spoke to lawmakers Thursday at a meeting of the Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment.