Pipeline company has bought less than half of needed land, sparking more questions about eminent domain

11/20/2013 10:34 PM

The firm seeking to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across a 13-county swath of Kentucky has bought less than half the land in the pipeline’s path so far.

That has heightened concerns among some residents and lawmakers that the company could try to use the power of eminent domain to take parcels from stubborn landowners who won’t sell. Officials from the company, Williams and Boardwalk Partners, say that would be a “last resort.”

But many Kentucky officials — including the state’s energy and environment secretary and Attorney General Jack Conway — say the company doesn’t have that kind of power. Only public utilities or government entities have that authority, they have argued.

Still, legislation has already been pre-filed for the 2014 session to clarify that. And the issue came up again Monday at the latest public meeting about the pipeline. This one brought out more than 100 people in Pendleton County. Here’s an update:

The next public meeting about the pipeline is Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Anderson County Park Community Building in Lawrenceburg.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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