Boyle County


A county in central Kentucky is poised to consider a zoning change that could affect a massive multi-state pipeline project.

Boyle County government will consider whether to require all hazardous liquids pipelines to receive permits from the county’s zoning board. That would create a hurdle if energy company Kinder Morgan’s conversion of the massive Tennessee Gas Pipeline moves forward.

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline isn’t new; it’s carried natural gas across 18 Kentucky counties for 70 years. But now, Kinder Morgan is seeking regulatory approval to change the pipeline. The proposal involves reversing the flow and converting it to carry natural gas liquids, rather than natural gas.

Natural Gas Liquids, or NGLs, are the byproducts of natural gas drilling: hydrocarbons such as ethane, butane and propane. They’re used in manufacturing plastics, synthetic rubber and antifreeze, and they’re worth money. But they’re also more hazardous than natural gas, and create different safety risks.

Because of this, NGL pipelines have been controversial in Kentucky. One large new project — the Bluegrass Pipeline — was put on hold in 2014 after substantial opposition.

Kentucky State Parks

Officials in Boyle County are expected to meet this week with the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership about plans to take over a state park.

The Constitution Square State Historic site hasn't been staffed full time for several months. Boyle County Judge Executive Harold McKinney is confident that the County will be able to maintain the historic site, and increase its use by tourists and local residents.

This week's discussions are expected to focus on when the group will begin renovating and moving into many of the buildings on the perimeter of the park.