LEBANON, Ky. – With red dirt piled nearby on grassy green meadow, workers in a hole were welding a weak spot on Kentucky’s latest controversial pipeline — putting on a Band-aide, as one of them described it.
Just a few hundred yards from his home, physician James Angel approached the crew in his pickup truck, saying the maintenance only punctuated his fears about a Texas company’s plans for the natural gas pipeline that crosses his Marion County farm.
Under those plans, Kinder Morgan’s pipeline will carry a more dangerous product, natural gas liquids, in pipes buried seven decades ago in what Angel, a well-known urologist, described as the patriotic rush of World War II.
“If that line ruptures, it would kill me,” he said. “It would kill my family, and it would poison our (community’s) water supply. It’s a threat to everybody I take care of in this county.”
Kentuckians across the commonwealth are voicing similar concerns this spring as Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. becomes the second pipeline company in two years to make a play to move valuable natural gas liquids from fracking zones in Ohio and Pennsylvania across Kentucky to the nation’s petrochemical hub in Louisiana and Texas.