Bluegrass Pipeline

Greg Kocher / Lexington Herald Leader

A dramatic fight about a natural-gas-liquids pipeline planned to go through Kentucky is the subject of a new documentary, “The End of the Line.”

It was made by one of the activists who opposed the project, Sellus Wilder, a former Frankfort City Commissioner. 

Two companies, Williams, an energy firm, and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, which handles natural gas liquids, announced plans to build the Bluegrass Pipeline about two years ago. It was to help transport natural-gas liquids from Pennsylvania drilling zones to Gulf Coast refineries. 

The film started out for Wilder as a series of informational videos he made for landowners about the project at their request. But then an environmental suspense story began to unfold. Wilder partnered with the nonprofit Louisville Film Society and tried to keep up with fast-moving events. He wants the film to be a teaching tool for grassroots activism around pipeline issues. 

Says Wilder, “We’re hoping that the inherent drama of the story can bring people into the information in a way that dry data doesn’t. It’s the power of storytelling.” 

Erica Peterson / Kentucky Public Radio

Despite the fact that the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline has been suspended, the company behind the project is appealing a circuit court decision that found the company doesn’t have the right of eminent domain.

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Standing next to a herd of cows and their calves on his family’s farm in eastern Franklin County, Kevin Hockensmith pointed to a sinkhole — a visible sign, he said, that Kentucky’s underground limestone terrain isn’t suited for a pipeline.

Hockensmith, who tends more than 100 cattle on the 500 acres, said he recently turned down an offer of $190,000 for an easement to allow construction of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline through his property, worried a leak could harm his cattle and his farm’s water.

Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners.

A proposed pipeline will transport natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale producing areas in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the Northeast U.S. and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Opponents are concerned about safety and alleged environmental effects as well as the role of eminent domain laws for use of private property.