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Ensure Fair Treatment for Property Owners in Pipeline Dispute23 Feb

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Legislators have sponsored several bills to protect property owners from the taking of their land through the power of eminent domain.To date only one of these bills has been given any consideration by committees.

We encourage readers to ask their State Representatives to support House Bill 31 and amendments agreed to by the sponsor.

House Bill 31 seeks to help by clarifying who has the right to use this power in Kentucky. Pipeline companies claim they do, but others disagree. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the House Judiciary Committee began a discussion of this bill and plans to vote on it during the next regular committee meeting, Feb. 26.

The Conference is neutral regarding whether or not there should be a pipeline installed here. But we are concerned that people owning property may be unduly pressured by the threat to use eminent domain to seize their property so we are supporting the proposed committee substitute for HB 31 that makes it clear that natural gas liquids are neither oil nor gas and that those proposing a pipeline to transport them do not qualify under Kentucky law to use eminent domain powers.

You can watch a video of the Feb. 19 House Judiciary Committee meeting here.

Graphic: Bluegrasspipeline.com

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