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4:43 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

House Moves To Block Use Of Eminent Domain For Bluegrass Pipeline

The Kentucky House has passed legislation that would bar private natural gas liquid companies from using eminent domain laws to acquire property.

Companies such as the Bluegrass Pipeline project would be required to purchase land from consenting property owners before they can build on it.

Bill sponsor Rep. John Tilley, a Hopkinsville Democrat, says natural gas liquids do not provide a public service and don't qualify for eminent domain exception.

Opposition to the measure was voiced by Democratic Rep. Jim Gooch, of Providence.

Gooch says natural gas liquids are part of an energy revolution, and Kentucky should embrace new power sources. 

The measure passed the House of Representatives on a 75-16 vote on Friday.

It now moves to the Senate for consideration.