Thursday, May 23, 2013

James Bruggers: Natural gas liquids pipeline planned for Kentucky

Natural gas liquids pipeline planned for Kentucky
by James Bruggers
Louisville Courier-Journal

Various news reports and websites are saying land agents are in Kentucky now, seeking to buy right-of-way for a new Bluegrass Pipeline that will help convey “natural gas liquids” from the fracking zones of Pennsylvania and New York.

Earlier this month, The Kentucky Standard reported the pipeline may pass through Nelson County:

Homeowners in Nelson County have been approached by representatives of a business partnership about easements for a natural gas liquids pipeline that could eventually transport 400,000 barrels a day.

One other good clue something is afoot — at least one group of lawyers is advertising for business by saying its attorneys can help make sure landowners get all they deserve and make sure their rights are protected when agents for the so-called Bluegrass Pipeline come calling with offers or inquiries:

Attorneys Steve Davis and Craig Vandervoort are now forming a group of landowners affected by the Bluegrass Pipeline. Each member of the group will be a landowner whose property is affected by the Bluegrass Pipeline. Although all members will enjoy the benefits of negotiating from a position of size and experience, each member enters an individual attorney-client agreement. No information or final settlement amount of individual members is shared with other members of the group. In fact, we anticipate that all of our members final agreements will be subject to confidentiality agreements.

Those lawyers have prepared a map showing “estimated” pipeline route in Kentucky (see above, at right), among other maps, found here.

This has been bubbling along now for several months but apparently now is starting to get more serious and the company proposing the pipeline moves forward with its plans.

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