Proposed in 2013, the Bluegrass Pipeline project was a 500-mile pipeline that would have transported natural gas liquids (NGLs) from natural gas drilling sites in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations to processing plants in the Gulf of Mexico. The pipeline would have run through Kentucky and Ohio, impacting the lives of residents and landowners in those areas.
The project, a joint venture between Williams and Boardwalk Partners, would have required the construction of a significant amount of new infrastructure, including compressor stations and processing facilities. While the pipeline would have created jobs and provided economic benefits for some communities, it also raised concerns about safety, environmental impact, and property rights.
Many landowners in the proposed pipeline route were concerned about the potential for environmental damage and safety risks, as well as the impact on property values. There were also concerns about eminent domain, as pipeline companies have the power to acquire land for their projects even if landowners are unwilling to sell.
Want to learn more about eminent domain? See Eminent Domain: What Every Property Owner Should Know.