Proposed Bluegrass Pipeline pitting neighbors against each other

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To the editor:
The [proposed] Bluegrass Pipeline has nothing to do with energy independence. The pipeline is not about heating homes with natural gas. It is about the leftover byproducts of natural gas that can be shipped elsewhere at ports in the Gulf to produce plastics overseas. It only benefits [owners] Williams Company and Boardwalk.
The pipeline is damaging our community even though construction hasn’t begun. Neighbors don’t want to tell neighbors what to do with their land, but no one wants a hazardous pipeline in his or her neighborhood.
Many hard-working landowners have decided that a one-time payment — no matter how large — is not worth damaging relations with neighbors, devaluing their land and putting their community, families and future generations at risk.
Collectively, landowners in the state can join the ranks of those saying no to protect our land, farms, water and the Bluegrass name.
The pipeline will carry natural gas liquids, a hazardous liquid that exported or used in the petrochemical industry, not natural gas to be used by Kentuckians. The proposed route would endanger Anderson County because it would go through karst (underground water and sinkholes) terrain. Leaks could have immediate consequences at locations miles or tens of miles away due to groundwater speed, according to one Kentucky hydrologist.
Pipeline expert Richard Kuprewicz recently commented: “You’ve got to be nuts to put a large HVL (highly volatile liquids) pipeline in karst terrain.”
While many hope that new pipelines are safer, the first leg of the recently constructed Keystone Pipeline spilled 12 times in its first year of operation, including a 21,000-gallon hazardous liquid spill in North Dakota. If Bluegrass Pipeline is constructed, it will leak and could contaminate the county’s watersheds with Benzene, a cancer-causing agent.
The company has not been forthcoming about how a large lead could go unnoticed by their remote system in Oklahoma. But based on industry standards for leak detection equipment and the high volume of liquids going through the pipeline, an engineer calculated that more than 8,000 gallons of NGL could lead daily and go undetected. A Williams NGL lead went unnoticed for two weeks last year in Colorado and their underground water is still poisoned with Benzene.
We hope Anderson County landowners will consider their families and community and tell the pipeline people that their land cannot be bought with their money.
Don and I have.
Please call 800-372-7181 [the state’s legislative hotline] and say you are against the pipeline, eminent domain and ask that your message go to all legislators.
The call costs nothing, but it may save our clean water and air.
Jayne and Donnie C. Wells