Friday, March 11, 2016

Kentuckians Win Case Against Bluegrass Pipeline's Eminent Domain Claims

FRANKFORT - Landowners who had opposed efforts to put a natural gas liquids pipeline across 13 Kentucky counties were victorious Thursday in the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The state’s highest court decided 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 Public Service Commission.

Since the Supreme Court decided not to review the appeal, the appellate court’s decision stands, said Tom FitzGerald, attorney for Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain.

Many citizens opposed the project, saying the flammable liquids posed environmental and safety concerns. In 2014, the two companies proposing to build Bluegrass Pipeline halted the project and suspended investment because they said it had not received the necessary customer commitments to move forward.

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