Pipeline project delayed until 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - One of the companies wanting to build a controversial pipeline to transport natural gas liquids says the project has been delayed up to a year.

In year-end 2013 financial results, Williams Co. President and CEO Alan Armstrong said the in-service target of the Bluegrass Pipeline project was being shifted to mid- to late 2016 "to better align with the needs of producers."

The 500-mile pipeline, being built by Williams Co. of Tulsa, Okla., and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners of Houston, would carry liquids through northern and central Kentucky.

A group of Catholic nuns successfully redirected the route of the pipeline off their land last year, and other religious leaders joined them to oppose the project, delivering thousands of signatures to Gov. Steve Beshear's office in November.

On Wednesday, Beshear endorsed legislation that would protect landowners from having their land seized for the project.

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