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.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation today that would curtail a controversial Department of Energy loan program that provided funding for the bankrupt Solyndra solar panel company. That $535 million loan by the Obama Administration led to the legislation being called the “No More Solyndras Act.” The measure passed Friday by a 245 to 161 margin.
Mammoth Cave National Park is making use of some new propane-fueled vehicles, thanks to a partnership between the National Park Service and the Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program. The vehicles are helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the park.