House panel hears eminent domain bill

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 of the counties where the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline would be installed. They say that after refusing to sell land to the pipeline companies, they have been threatened with land seizure under current eminent domain laws.

Oil and gas company representatives complained the measure could prevent the Bluegrass Pipeline from being installed in the counties.

A vote on the bill was postponed Wednesday to allow for further testimony.

The legislation is House Bill 31.

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