Franklin County Magistrates Pass Resolution Opposing Bluegrass Pipeline
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Franklin County’s Fiscal Court has approved a resolution formally opposing a natural gas liquids pipeline that could cross the Commonwealth. If it’s built, the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline would carry the byproducts of natural gas drilling to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico.
Franklin County’s resolution cites concerns about the potential environmental effects of the project, and lays out the magistrates’ opposition to the use of eminent domain.
County Judge-Executive Ted Collins says he’s not sure what the next step is. Some are calling for Governor Steve Beshear to address pipeline regulations in next month’s special legislative session. Collins says he expects there will be a response on several fronts.
"We’re in the early stage of this. There will be some concerns from local government. There will be some concerns from state government. There will be some concerns from the federal government. When you go crossing these waterways, the Army Corps of Engineers doesn’t take that lightly."
A spokesman for the company building the pipeline expressed disappointment that the court acted so early in the process. He says the company is committed to building a safe and reliable pipeline.