Some say explosion highlights pipeline fears

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The shockwaves from Thursday morning's pipeline explosion reached far beyond Adair County. Some are using the incident as an example of why they don't want another pipeline to go into the ground.

"My first thoughts were horror," said Sister Claire McGowan.

McGowan founded New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future. She is one of the voices against the Bluegrass Pipeline. It's been proposed to run through several Kentucky counties transporting natural gas liquid. McGowan says it's simply too dangerous.

"What we're trying to do is raise people's awareness of reality. Reality is that pipelines eventually always leak and unfortunately, they can end up in explosions," McGowan said.

Democratic senator Julian Carroll of the 7th District and Republican senator Jimmy Higdon of the 14th District are also opposed to the pipeline.

"You never know where it's going to occur. It could be very close to a school. It could be very close to a large area where there's a lot of people. That's the kind of thing we've been trying to explain that can happen with such a pipeline," Carroll said.

"Some of the examples they've given of gas line explosions have been in other states. This one hit pretty close to home over in Knifley, KY," Higdon said.

Representatives from Bluegrass Pipeline said it would be inappropriate to comment since the pipeline that exploded is not affiliated with them. A page on their website explains their safety procedures. They say they use several methods including aerial inspections and 24/7 monitoring to stay on top of any problems.

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