Pipeline secures Ky. land deals

Associated Press


A company planning to build a natural-gas pipeline in Kentucky says it has secured land-use deals in parts of nine counties along the pipeline’s proposed path.

Officials with the Bluegrass Pipeline say they have reached easement agreements with private landowners in nine of the 13 counties along the proposed route. The entire 500-mile pipeline route also stretches through Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Tom Droege, spokesman for the Williams Co. of Oklahoma, one of the energy firms behind the project, said he did not know how many miles of the proposed route in Kentucky have been secured.

The path would bypass two properties owned by Roman Catholic communities in central Kentucky.

The company is expecting to spend $30 million to $50 million on the 50-foot- wide easements purchases in Kentucky, according to an informational letter from Williams Co. manager Rob Hawksworth given to The Associated Press.

The company also is securing easements in Ohio, Droege said.

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