Pipeline easements returned to landowners

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From staff reports

Anderson County residents who sold easements to the developers of the defunct Bluegrass Pipeline project now have their land back and get to keep the money.

An estimated 44 easements purchased by the developer were released last week, according to documents on file at the Anderson County Clerk’s Office.

The developer suspended its investments in the controversial pipeline in April following months of debate over what some considered potential environmental impact and the company’s declared right of eminent domain.

That news came just weeks after a Franklin County Circuit Court judge ruled that the company did not have the right to eminent domain, a major victory for those opposed to the project.

The pipeline, which would have carried the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing from Pennsylvania through Kentucky to the Gulf Coast, caused uproars across the state, including in Anderson County where the line would have cut a swath through the county’s western edge near Taylorsville Lake.

Soon after the developer started trying to secure easements from Anderson County landowners, Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway condemned the project, vowing he would do everything in his power to keep it out of Anderson County.

Two public meetings were held, including one with the developers that drew a large number of people opposed to the project along with some who were in support, including representatives from the Lawrenceburg-based Kentucky Laborers Union.

How much money the developer spent purchasing the land easements is not publically available and the company, when asked last week, declined to provide that figure.

When easements began being filed, several included those amounts. Subsequent easement filings did not, which is not required under Kentucky law.