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Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership votes to oppose pipeline proposal

After similar action by all nine of its economic development organization and local government Partners, the Board of Directors of the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution opposing Kinder Morgan’s proposal to repurpose one of its existing natural gas pipelines to transport natural gas liquids (NGLs) while reversing the direction of flow via the pipeline for the first time in its 70-year history.

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Kinder Morgan’s pipeline in question traverses over 20 miles of Boyle County, including areas of concentrated population and commerce within the City of Danville.

The pipeline also crosses Lake Herrington, the region’s primary raw water source, and Kinder Morgan’s proposal calls for drilling a new pipeline bore under the lake through karst limestone.

As a result, the EDP board determined by its resolution that the Kinder Morgan proposal poses a significant risk to the community’s health, safety, welfare, environment, and economy.

An important element of the EDP board’s resolution is that it advocates for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to be conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to its final action to collect and review objective data to gauge the potential dangers to the health, safety, and welfare of the community’s residents from Kinder Morgan’s pipeline repurposing proposal.

An EIS would be taken into consideration before FERC takes final action on Kinder Morgan’s proposal.

From EDP Communications

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