Communities Request Broader Study of Kentucky Pipeline Proposal

Communities are requesting that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) conduct a more thorough review of a proposed Kinder Morgan project that would carry natural gas liquids through an aging pipeline in Kentucky.

These groups, such as a Central Kentucky economic development organization, a state Senator, and a religious congregation, have asked for an “environmental impact statement,” or EIS, on the project after believing the scheduled FERC assessment of the project scheduled for September 2 lacks transparency and should be more comprehensive.

The project is sought by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, an affiliate of Kinder Morgan, who propose to abandon more than 950 miles of natural gas pipeline from Louisiana to Ohio and to then start shipping liquids through the World-War-II-era pipe. The repurposed line would run about 256 miles through Kentucky and also cross under a lake that provides drinking water to communities in the center of the state.

Several affected city governments have called for a broader environmental study and expressed concerns about the pipeline’s path through Herrington Lake.

An economic development group is requesting an EIS because the report would provide extensive objective data, such as how the project affects drinking supplies.

Kinder Morgan spokeswoman Melissa Ruiz said in a statement that the company is still waiting on regulators to decide if the project warrants such an environmental study.

WDRB Louisville News