Landowners win case against Bluegrass Pipeline


FRANKFORT (AP) — Landowners who had opposed efforts to put a natural gas pipeline across 13 counties have been victorious in the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The court decided Thursday not to review a May 2015 ruling from the Kentucky Court of Appeals that said Bluegrass Pipeline LLC did not have the power of eminent domain because it was not a utility regulated by the state, according to multiple media reports.

Because the Supreme Court didn’t review the appeal, the appellate court’s decision stands, said Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain attorney Tom FitzGerald.

“Today is a good day for Kentucky landowners and for freedom,” FitzGerald posted on his Facebook page.

The pipeline would have snaked across nearly 200 miles of Kentucky, carrying natural gas liquids from fields in Ohio and Pennsylvania to refineries and ports along the Gulf Coast. Natural gas liquids are used by the petrochemical industry to make plastics, adhesives, fuels and other products for domestic and foreign markets.

Many residents opposed the project due to environmental concerns. In 2014, the companies proposing to build the pipeline halted the project because it hadn’t received the necessary customer commitments.

Attorney Gregory P. Parsons, representing Bluegrass Pipeline, was not immediately available for comment.

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