Judge Rules Bluegrass Pipeline Cannot Use Eminent Domain in KY

On Monday MDN brought you the news that the Kentucky House had voted to strip the right to use eminent domain from natural gas liquids pipelines (see Kentucky House Votes to End Eminent Domain for Bluegrass Pipeline). An alert MDN reader predicted the measure wouldn’t get signed into law because the KY Senate president said with only 10 days left in this session, it’s not likely to come up for a vote in the Senate (see Bluegrass Pipeline bill passes House).

Looks like it won’t matter what the KY legislature does. Last December a lawsuit was filed by a group calling itself KURE (Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain), to prevent the Bluegrass Pipeline from using eminent domain in the Bluegrass state (see Bluegrass NGL Pipeline’s Eminent Domain Challenged in KY Court). Yesterday Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip J. Shepherd ruled in KURE’s favor and said the Bluegrass cannot use eminent domain to force landowners to allow the pipeline to be buried under their property…

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