Through the efforts of KEF and our partners, we thwarted the attempts by an out of state corporation to carry out a dangerous pipeline repurposing plan which would have impacted thousands of acres on hundreds of farms and neighborhoods in Kentucky.
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and MarkWest, two large energy/ pipeline companies, have a plan to re-purpose the Tennessee Gas Pipeline from its current use for natural gas to carry natural gas liquids (NGLs), a byproduct of natural gas extraction. The pipe would carry the NGLs from Ohio to the Gulf Coast for processing and export.
This 70 year old pipe would be repurposed to carry a product that is much more explosive and hazardous than natural gas.
The Tennessee Gas Pipeline currently runs from Ohio into Northeast Kentucky, following a route close to Morehead, Richmond, Danville, Campbellsville and Glasgow before entering Tennessee on its way to Louisiana. Eighteen Kentucky counties would be affected by the newly proposed pipeline. When fully operational it could carry nearly 17 million gallons of NGLs per day across 256.4 miles of Kentucky
“KEF worked on educating citizens, elected officials and others on the dangers associated with this proposal. KEF’s focused efforts on regional governments, educational institutions and economic development organizations resulted in the following list of Opponents to the plan taking actions to stop the project. In August of 2013 Kinder Morgan announced the plan. In October 2018, due in significant part to KEF’s strategy, they abandoned the plan.