Hearing in Frankfort

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A private company that wants to build a pipeline to carry natural gas liquids across Kentucky can't use eminent domain to obtain the right of way, a ranking state official said Thursday.

Kentucky Energy Secretary Len Peters told a legislative committee that his legal staff, after careful analysis, reached that conclusion regarding the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project, which he described as "one of the most difficult and controversial issues that we have faced in the commonwealth in quite some time."