Monday, October 21, 2013

Save the Bluegrass: Demand Comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement for the Bluegrass Pipeline

Williams Co. and their pet politicians are fighting it tooth and nail, of course, because they know the project cannot survive a real study.


Need for A Comprehensive Environment Impact Statement

The proposed Bluegrass Pipeline would cross more than 700 water crossings, including the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers, and according to hydrogeologist Dr. Ralph Ewers, 120 miles of Kentucky karst terrain. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the federal agency that has the responsibility for seeing that projects such as this do minimal damage to waterways. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the agency deciding whether Boardwalk Pipeline Partners can abandon its existing natural gas pipeline that runs from western Kentucky to Louisiana, which the company says would be converted to NGL service.

An Environmental Impact Statement was required for William's Overland Pass NGL pipeline project and should be completed for the proposed Bluegrass project as well.

Sign the Petition Here

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FERC on proposed pipeline

Kentucky is blessed with abundant water resources, the safeguarding of which is essential to the success of our farms and cities, our industries and businesses, to our public health and the well-being of our communities. Thorough analysis of routing alternatives and of the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of the proposed “Bluegrass Pipeline” project is essential to protecting the public and land, air, and water resources from adverse effects of the construction and re-purposing of pipelines for this project.

We, the undersigned, request that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, undertake a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement for the entire Bluegrass Pipeline project, and that the applicants Williams, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP, and the Bluegrass Pipeline LLC be directed to refrain from engaging in any actions, including easement acquisition, that would prejudicially commit resources to one route prior to the conclusion of the analysis of impacts of alternatives (including no action).

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