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Bluegrass Pipeline Opposition Grows

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A retired teacher who owns farmland in Pendleton and Campbell Counties says the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline jeopardizes water supplies affecting millions of people. Sean Detisch says Williams & Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP plans to transport hazardous, natural gas liquids beneath the Ohio and Licking Rivers.

“If that stuff seeps into the Ohio River and Licking River….it’s all over. I don’t know what we’ll do for drinking water, ‘cause those are the only two rivers that gives water to everybody, not only in this region, but in the greater Cincinnati area.”  --Sean Detisch

Detisch says her land is near the proposed routes for the pipeline. She says Williams & Boardwalk has yet to spell out any economic benefits to the region or Kentucky from construction of the pipeline.

The firm says it’s committed to an open discussion about the project and would build the pipeline in a manner that minimizes property owner and environmental impacts. The Bluegrass Pipeline would carry liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shale areas to the U.S. Gulf Coast.