Lawmakers to take another crack at eminent domain

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A company that wants to build a pipeline to pump natural gas liquids across Kentucky wouldn't be able to condemn private property through the state's eminent domain law if some leading lawmakers have their way.

The complicated law has been on the minds of many activists and landowners who live in the proposed path of the Bluegrass Pipeline, which would carry natural gas liquids to the Gulf of Mexico from the northeast.

The pipeline's builders, Oklahoma-based Williams Co. and Texas-based Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, have repeatedly declared they have the option to use the eminent domain process to secure right of way for the pipeline.

Opponents contend the private companies are not utilities and therefore have no right to use the eminent domain process to condemn property.

The legislative session begins Jan. 7.