Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Will Hardin County Judge Exec Meet with Williams Company Behind Closed Doors?

Editorial Opinion

In a continuing and deeply disturbing trend, the Williams Company, would-be builders of the ill-conceived Bluegrass Pipeline, are reportedly meeting privately with county officials across the state, presumably to secure their cooperation in their project.  Tax-paying, voting citizens may be completely unaware that their elected representatives may be making deals with an out-of-state, privately owned company that will affect the rights and well-being of not just landowners, but people all across the state. 

Some of our readers have shared their concerns that Hardin County Judge Executive, Harry L. Berry, was overheard, allegedly saying he will be meeting with the Williams Company on July 16, 2013. He purportedly stated that the Williams Company would be giving him information so [county officials] can make their decision.  Berry was reportedly invited to the recent Nelson County citizens' meeting (allegedly also was offered a ride to that meeting), but he was said to have refused to attend that public forum on the pipeline. 

Frankly, it is frightening that the Williams Company can get an audience with county officials when citizens are being denied the same opportunity to speak and share information.

For those of you who wish to express your concern about these allegations directly to Mr. Berry and to encourage him to hold public hearings on the publicly opposed pipeline, here is the location and contact information for his office:  
100 Public Square,3rd Floor
Elizabethtown, Ky  42702
Phone: 270-765-2350
Fax: 270-737-5590

Kentuckians living anywhere in or adjacent to the gray areas on the map below should be closely watching the activities of their county judge executives' offices.  It is very possible that the company will not present information to them that they need to know to make a fully informed decision.  The company's safety record, for example, is not likely to be discussed. 

Let us know if your officials may be meeting privately with the Williams Company and/or they may be refusing to share information publicly or to listen to citizens' concerns.  Submit your information in the contact box on this page.  We will publicly inform our readership of the allegations and provide contact information for them to express their concerns.  We will also keep your identity confidential.