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Bluegrass Pipeline opposed by 36,000+ signatures

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Planned route of the Bluegrass Pipeline (Source: Kentuckians for the Commonwealth) Planned route of the Bluegrass Pipeline (Source: Kentuckians for the Commonwealth)
Pastor David Whitlock Pastor David Whitlock
Rev. Cynthia Cain Rev. Cynthia Cain
Susan Classen Susan Classen
The petitions being delivered to a representative of Gov. Beshear. The petitions being delivered to a representative of Gov. Beshear.

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - The Sisters of Loretto and leaders from churches around Kentucky brought a petition with thousands of signatures to Gov. Steve Beshear opposing the Bluegrass Pipeline, calling it a dangerous and hazardous line that's not worth the risk.

A group of those opposed gathered outside the Capitol to discuss why the pipeline is harmful before bringing the petition to the Governor's office.

"The dangers of the proposed pipeline far exceeds the supposed benefits of short term jobs and quick income from the purchase of easements," said Pastor David Whitlock of Lebanon Baptist Church. "It's a matter of short term gain, long term pain."

Developers have paid millions in easements for access to land and farms and say ultimately they have eminent domain.

The pipeline would transport natural gas liquids in Pennsylvania through Kentucky underground to the gulf coast region. The chemicals could be anything from propane to butane. Tuesday morning, it was loudly opposed by 36,250 voices.

"More than 36,000 of our sisters and brothers of Kentucky and across the nation signed a petition from faithful America." Reverend Cynthia Cain from Unitarian Universalist Church said.

"The possibility of this hazardous liquids pipeline that would cut a swath through our commonwealth invites us to wake up to the imperiled future that it would create," said Susan Classen with Sisters of Loretto.

Those opposed say it's not worth the risk of hazardous chemicals leaking into the land and water of the state.

"A significant incident involving hazardous liquids in pipelines occurs once every three days," said Whitlock, "and there is at least one spill or leak involving all kinds of pipelines every day."

Developers say those who live near the line will benefit with construction jobs and tax revenue. Beshear has said Kentucky legislators will discuss the situation during the regular session which begins in January 2014.

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