Local/Regional News
2:41 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Religious Leaders Rally Against Proposed Pipeline

The Catholic nuns who successfully lobbied to redirect the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline around their land are continuing their campaign.

Sister Claire McGowan, Executive Director of New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future, delivers 36,000 signatures to the governor's office.
Credit Josh James / WUKY

The group hand delivered a 36,000-signature petition to the governor’s office Tuesday morning.

Kentucky faith leaders, led by the Sisters of Loretto, collected 36,000 names through an online petition that asks Gov. Steve Beshear to "protect Kentucky’s homes, land, and drinking water" by banning the use of eminent domain to force the Bluegrass Pipeline through the state.

"It has touched something in Kentucky so deep," says Susan Classen  is a co-member of the Sisters. "The Williams Company has said they will not go through Loretto Mother House property, but this is not just about us. It's about everyone and land all over."

About 50 demonstrators took part in the demonstration.

The company building the Bluegrass Pipeline, which would carry natural gas liquids, is currently working to secure easements along a 180-mile stretch of land in Kentucky.