Opponents: Pipeline ‘no good for citizens of Kentucky’

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Judge-executive schedules public hearing for Aug. 6


Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway says he doesn’t want the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline to cross Anderson County, and apparently has plenty of company.
About a dozen opponents of the pipeline voiced their displeasure during last Tuesday night’s Anderson County Fiscal Court meeting, telling magistrates how they have been misled by land acquisition agents, that it offers no local benefit and how potentially dangerous the proposed project is to the environment.
Conway, who declared his opposition in an article in last week’s edition of The Anderson News, reiterated it during the meeting and said the fiscal court will hold a special called meeting Aug. 6 to give others a chance to share their views.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Extension office in the county park.
The meeting is open to the public.
The 500-mile Bluegrass Pipeline is being built as a partnership project between Williams, an energy infrastructure company, and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners and will connect to Boardwalk’s Texas Gas Transmission system in Hardinsburg.
The 150-mile stretch of the Bluegrass Pipeline that runs through Kentucky crosses 13 counties – including Franklin and Anderson counties where it comes very close to the southeastern-most corner of Shelby County near the Graefenburg, Waddy, Harrisonville and Southville areas – before ending in Breckenridge County where it meets up with the current line.
The Bluegrass Pipeline will carry natural gas liquids, which is separated from natural gas through processing or cycling plants. NGLs include propane, butane and ethane among others and are valuable as a separate product.
Once completed, the pipeline could transport as much as 400,000 barrels of product each day.
The pipeline would transport the byproducts of fractionation, or fracking, a controversial process of separating the various types of natural gas liquids. The pipeline would connect with lines that originate in West Virginia and Pennsylvania — where the materials are extracted — and on toward the Gulf of Mexico.
Pigeon Fork Road resident Andrew Berry and his wife, Tara, handed out a packet of information during last Tuesday’s meeting, detailing the dangers of the pipeline and saying he is stridently opposed to it.
“This is no good for the citizens of Kentucky,” said Berry, “but should there be a leak and it contaminates the soil or groundwater, we will see the danger.
“It will provide no jobs and little if any money for county government and, on top of that, you’ll be living with the permanent risk of environmental disaster.”
Conway said the project could provide a small amount of ad valorum tax revenue to the fiscal court.
“I told him to keep that money,” Conway said. “I’m more concerned with protecting the citizens of Anderson County.”
Anderson County resident Tom Isaacs said he agrees.
“This project doesn’t provide a job, heat, cool or power anything in this state,” Isaacs said. “It’s no different than if the state of Pennsylvania wanted to come here and open up a big landfill.”
Berry said he was “pleased” to hear Conway’s objections.
“It was great. He is one of the few judges in the state who have spoken out against it,” Berry said.
 “I’m impressed with his stance and hopefully we can keep up the pressure.”
Survey agents have been approaching property owners for the past several months in an attempt to have them sign off on allowing survey crews on their property.
Isaacs said one of those agents has lied to him several times.
Isaacs said an agent contacted him in April by phone and that he eventually told the agent he was not interested in having the pipeline cross his property.
Isaacs did agree to a meeting, but again declined.
Several weeks later, Isaacs said he received a letter in the mail, thanking him for allowing the company to survey his property.
“I was pretty hot,” Isaacs said, adding that he sent a letter to the Lexington address provided by the agent, but it came back undeliverable.
The agent contacted him again and, during a meeting, Isaacs said, “I plain out told him he’s a liar.”
County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis said one of her concerns is that survey agents will use those tactics on people who aren’t as aware of their rights.
“My concern is that people will not know that they have the right to stand up,” Lewis said.
Berry alleged that Williams has been fined millions of dollars during the past decade for environmental incidents and other problems associated with its pipelines.
“Leaks are not common, but when they do happen it’s on a catastrophic level,” said Tara Littlefield Berry.
Andrew Berry said he is also concerned about the company’s use of eminent domain.
“They don’t have it,” Conway said during the meeting.
“Yet,” Barry said.

Have your say
A special called meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 in the basement of the Extension building, located in the county park.
The meeting is open to the public and those wishing to share their views about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline are encouraged to attend.
The fiscal court will hold its regular meeting that morning with a work session to begin at 9 followed by the regular meeting at 10.

Company to hold its own meeting
A spokesperson for the Williams Group said he isn’t sure if representatives will attend the Aug. 6 public meeting.
He did say that the company is planning to hold its own public meeting at a time and date to be determined, but likely within the next several weeks.
Spokesman Tom Droege said he encourages people with questions or concerns to visit www.bluegrasspipeline.com.

Roads, locations affected by proposed pipeline

The following Anderson County locations and roads could be affected by the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline, according to information provided during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway, who opposes the project, said he will not allow work crews to cut any county roads to lay any pipe, saying instead that he would require them to bore beneath them.
The information was furnished by Anderson County resident Andrew Berry.
Aaron Barnett Road
Alton Mobile Home Park
Alton Road
Alton Station Road
Ashby Road
Avenstoke Road
Bardstown Road
Benson Creek Road
Berdine Way
Black Oak Drive
Blackberry Drive
Bradley Drive
Briar Ridge Road
Bryant Lane
Burgin Road
Burke Road
Bypass North
Carlton Road
Clay Burgin Road
Country Estates
Cox Lane
Crask Road
Crawford Road
Creekside Drive
Crooked Creek Road
Douglas Circle
Driscoll Road
Drury Court
Eagle View Drive
Fairmount Road
Fox Hollow Drive
Gayland Drive
Goodnight Road
Graefenburg Road
Green Wilson Road
Gregory Lane
Griffin Drive
Hammond Road
Hammonds Creek Road
Hardin Road
Hawks Nest Lane
Honeysuckle Lane
Hyatt Road
Indian Ridge Lane
Keaton Lane
Kings Way
Kirsch Road
Lanes Mill Road
Lin Moore Road
Locust Point
Maddox Lane
McCormick Road
Meadow Lark Drive
Merrick Lane
Michael Blvd.
Morgan Brothers Road
Mt. Eden Road
Mud Lick Road
Muscovie Trail
New Liberty Road
Northwood Loop
Old Frankfort Road
Old Liberty Road
Otis Franklin Road
Palmer Road
Pigeon Fork Road
Pine Meadow Drive
Pleasant Grove Ridge Road
Puckett Road
Queens Way
Rainbow Way
Redwing Way
Ritchey Lane
River Road
Ruble Road
Rudy Gay Road
Rueland Drive
Ruritan Drive
Sayre Lane
Smither Drive
Sycamore Drive
Taylorsville Road
Teal Point Drive
Timber Creek Road
Tracy Road
Van Buren Boat Ramp
Van Buren Extension
Van Buren Road
Vaughn Road
Waddy Road
Watts Run Road
Watts Spur Road
Wilson Lane

Alton Church
Alton Station
Anderson Northwest Division
Best Cemetery
Crooked Creek
Driscol Hill
East Prong Crooked Creek
Fellowship Church
Goodnight Bridge
Johnson Branch
Little Willow Creek
Marlowe School
Mud Lick
Mudlick Hollow
Pigeon Creek
Pleasant Grove Church
Pleasant Grove Ridge
Pleasant Hill Church
Pleasant Hill Ridge
Raccoon Branch
Short Creek
Timber Creek
Van Buren
Watts Run