House panel hears eminent domain bill

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm •  Published: February 19, 2014
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky bill that would protect landowners from having their land seized for a pipeline to pump natural gas liquids has received its first committee hearing.

The measure would require private non-utility companies like those responsible for the hotly disputed Bluegrass Pipeline to obtain consent from a landowner before building.

Emotional testimony came from current residents where the pipeline would be installed. They say they have been threatened with land seizure under current eminent domain laws.

Oil and gas company representatives complained the measure could prevent the pipeline from being installed in those locations.

The head of one of the companies involved in the project said Wednesday the in-service target has been put off by as much as a year to "align with the needs of producers."

A vote was postponed Wednesday to allow for further testimony.

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The legislation is House Bill 31.