Monday, July 1, 2013

Concerns Abound about the Proposed Bluegrass Pipeline

A Kentuckian's Story

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:00 am (Georgetown News-Graphic)

I’m not some tree-hugging, protesting environmental activist. 
I’m just a concerned tax-paying United States and Scott County citizen who has worked hard all of my teen and adult life. 
My husband and I have saved and built our nest egg on our beautiful 14-acre farm in northern Scott County. When we bought our farm six years ago we began making plans for retirement. Never did we imagine that we potentially would be faced with a poisonous, highly flammable, dangerous natural gas liquids pipeline coming within 50 feet of our home place.
A few weeks ago it was circulating around my area that my neighbors were being offered money for an easement for a natural gas line. My first thought was that Columbia Gas or a similar company was putting in a line that the residents of Scott County could tap into and that the county and state could benefit from. Not at all. This pipeline is a venture of multi-billion dollar companies getting these gas fluids from the fracking facilities of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to Louisiana and Texas as quickly as possible to be processed and shipped overseas to China and India.
This should be a wake-up call to all of us in Scott County and the 17 other counties that are being targeted. Before you allow anyone on your property, you should do your research, contact an attorney and talk to your neighbors because if you allow them to come through your property, it’s not just going to affect your property and your health, but it will impact everyone around you now and later on down the road. 
Do we want to possibly leave behind an environmental catastrophe for our grandchildren and great-grand children? Do we want to cause our property values and our neighbors’ property values to plummet and insurance rate go up?
  Here are some of the dangers in case these liquids leak: “They are flammable, dangerous if inhaled and can cause frostbite.” “Igniting a vapor cloud of NGL could result in an explosion causing injury, destruction of property and even death.” This was taken from a Williams Company, (one of the owners of the Blue Grass Pipeline), Information Sheet.
  The Williams Information Sheet also gives you the “Actions to take in the event of a leak”:
•  In the event of a leak from an NGL pipeline, all forms of ignition must be turned off immediately.
•  Do not smoke, do not turn on gas grills, do not start any kind of electrical motor or gasoline engine. Do not start cars or trucks. Do not turn on lights.
•  If an NGL leak is suspected by a driver, turn off automobiles and do not drive into low points where a vapor cloud (colorless and odorless) may exist. Driving into a vapor cloud may cause an explosion.
•  If an NGL leak is suspected, leave the area immediately on foot — up wind, uphill and upgrade — and try to gain higher ground.
•  Do not start cars or trucks or operate machinery or apparatus.
•  Call 911. Call the pipeline company and advise them of suspected leak location.
  Since the gas is odorless and colorless, how would you suspect a leak? There is only one way – the appearance of frozen ground over the pipeline. What about in the winter?
  Scott Countians, are you willing to take this risk? Personally, I’m not and neither are many of my neighbors. Call your county officials and state legislators to voice your concerns. 
For more information about the pipeline visit www.kystudentenvironmentalcoalition.org, or visit Bluegrass Pipeline Blockade on Facebook.