Eminent Domain Possible for Bluegrass Pipeline Land Acquisition

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Representatives of the Bluegrass Pipeline are in the process of contacting landowners to obtain surveys and easements for the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline. Landowners who do not reach an agreement with the pipeline company could face eminent domain proceedings.

The Bluegrass Pipeline will be built across eastern and southern Ohio. Although the exact path has not yet been finalized, it is believed that the pipeline will travel from the eastern Ohio counties of Mahoning, Columbiana, Carroll, Harrison, Guernsey, Noble, Monroe and Muskingum, the central Ohio counties of Perry, Fairfield, Pickaway and Fayette, then southward through Highland, Clermont and Brown counties before crossing the Ohio River into Kentucky. (See map) Senior Project Engineer Lee P. Andrews estimated that there are “likely over 3,000 tracts” of land along the route of the pipeline that will require negotiations. More than half of the projected pipeline route consists of existing pipelines that will be converted and incorporated into the Bluegrass pipeline.

The Bluegrass Pipeline is a joint enterprise of Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners. The proposed 219 mile 20-inch pipeline will transport natural gas liquids from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to the Gulf Coast, initially carrying 200,000 barrels of natural gas liquids daily and ultimately carrying as much as 400,000 barrels per day. In addition, a pumping station is planned near the location where the pipeline will merge with another pipeline from the West Virginia panhandle.

If you are a property owner along the proposed route of the Bluegrass Pipeline, you have rights. If you are contacted by a surveyor or purchase agent representing the Bluegrass Pipeline interests, you may have questions about your legal rights. The Ohio eminent domain attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List may be able to help.