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Bluegrass Pipeline developers must resubmit federal permit

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The developers of the Bluegrass Pipeline failed to submit a complete permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a Corps spokeswoman said.

"Bluegrass Pipeline submitted an incomplete permit application to the Army Corps of Engineers Louisville. It is a Department of the Army permit request for activities potentially subject to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act," spokeswoman Carol Labashosky said in an email provided on Tuesday.

"They have need to identify of all the waters that would be impacted in their application -- which remains to be done. The Corps will not make a decision regarding any environmental impact studies or statements until we have all the information for a complete application. The expectation is that they would resubmit in March."

A spokesman for the Williams Cos., which is developing the natural gas liquids pipeline with Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P., did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Williams' plan has been for construction on the pipeline, which would carry hydrocarbons such as ethane, propane and butane through new and retrofitted underground sections, to begin in 2014.

A new pipeline would be built through 13 Kentucky counties.

Pipeline officials told the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission last month that they have acquired 65 percent of the easements needed to proceed with the new Kentucky portion.

But not all landowners are willing to grant easements. A group called Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain filed a lawsuit in December asking a Franklin Circuit Court judge to decide whether the pipeline qualifies for eminent domain if negotiations with property owners aren't successful.

Attorneys for the pipeline's developers have asked that the lawsuit be dismissed.

Four bills addressing condemnation for oil and gas pipelines have been filed in the Kentucky General Assembly and sent to committees.

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