KY Natgas Pipeline Explosion Used to Fight Bluegrass NGL Pipeline

Last Thursday a section of the Columbia Gulf Transmission Line 200 30-inch natural gas pipeline exploded in rural northern Kentucky (Adair County). These kinds of things unfortunately do happen from time to time. Two people were slightly injured (treated and released). Two nearby houses were destroyed. Emergency shut-off procedures worked. The cause is still not known and nearly a week later the story has all but disappeared from the news.

Although an accident and tragedy, the real damage (potentially) is for the Bluegrass NGL pipeline that Williams is trying to build through Kentucky. The Bluegrass is already facing stiff opposition, as we’ve written about a number of times (see Bluegrass NGL Pipeline Hits Brick Wall in the Bluegrass State). Williams felt it necessary to invoke eminent domain because of the problems they’ve faced in Kentucky, a decision that’s still tied up in court (see Bluegrass NGL Pipeline’s Eminent Domain Challenged in KY Court). Those opposed to drilling and the Bluegrass pipeline will no doubt shamelessly use the Columbia pipeline explosion as fuel for their cause…

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