Government/Politics
2:22 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Bluegrass Pipeline Discussion on KET

Kentucky Tonight
Kentucky Tonight
Credit KET

A Versailles attorney who opposes construction of the Bluegrass Pipeline says the project is potentially hazardous. Brad Slutskin says that’s because of the materials that would be passing through it as they’d be moving through northern and central Kentucky on their way to the Gulf Coast. However, the executive director of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association, Andrew McNeill, says pipelines have a good safety record in the Commonwealth.

Both McNeill and Slutskin discussed the issue Monday on KET’s Kentucky Tonight.  Slutskin says the pipeline would be transporting natural gas liquids and that’s the problem…

McNeill says there was an explosion of a pipeline carrying natural gas liquids in Floyd County nine years ago that caused some property damage. However, he says the pipeline was old, wasn’t properly maintained and houses were built too close to it. Tom Fitzgerald of the Kentucky Resources Council says that blast destroyed five homes and injured nine people. 

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Whether the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline would pose dangers to public safety or help revive American manufacturing was a topic for debate Monday on KET’s Kentucky Tonight program. Bill Lawson is director of corporate development for the Williams Company, one of the firms planning to construct the pipeline through northern and central Kentucky.

Lawson says the project would enable firms on the Gulf Coast to receive natural gas liquids from the pipeline and develop them into plastics. Versailles lawyer Brad Slutskin says those liquids are potentially explosive and he’s worried about the line being ruptured.

Lawson contends it would be monitored constantly…

There was an explosion of a pipeline carrying natural gas liquids in Floyd County in 2004. Tom Fitzgerald of the Kentucky Resources Council says the blast destroyed five homes and injured nine persons.