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Groups protest gas pipeline at Ky. capitol

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PIpeline protesters at Ky. State Capitol in Frankfort, Aug. 8.  Dominik Fuhrmann/WDRB News PIpeline protesters at Ky. State Capitol in Frankfort, Aug. 8. Dominik Fuhrmann/WDRB News

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Land owners joined environmental activists at the state Capitol to oppose a pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through several counties in northern Kentucky.

Some land owners spoke during a brief rally Wednesday afternoon about their fear of the proposed underground pipeline, which is being developed by a partnership of two energy companies. The more than 1,000-mile pipeline would carry a byproduct of the natural gas refining process from the northeast to the Gulf Coast.

The residents say they're worried the companies could use eminent domain laws to cut a pathway through privately owned lands.

The group delivered a petition to Gov. Steve Beshear's office that asks the governor to put pipeline-related issues on the agenda for the special session of the General Assembly later this month.

WDRB's Stephan Johnson reported on the protest and a meeting for property owners late Wednesday in Frankfort.  A similar meeting is scheduled at 5 p.m. Thursday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown, Ky.

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