A company planning to build a natural gas pipeline in Kentucky says it has secured land-use deals in parts of nine counties along the pipeline's proposed path.
Officials with the Bluegrass Pipeline say they have reached easement agreements with private landowners in nine of the 13 counties along the proposed route.
The path will apparently bypass a Nelson County property owned by Catholic monks. A company spokesman said Tuesday that it is respecting the wishes of the monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani, who have refused to allow surveyors on the 2,500-acre property.
Williams Co. of Oklahoma and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners of Texas formed the company that is building the pipeline. The entire 500-mile route stretches through Ohio and Pennsylvania.