Another Kentucky county’s ordinance within subdivision regulations may halt a pipeline repurposing project that has concerned many area residents.

Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP), has proposed to abandon existing natural gas pipelines and repurpose those lines for the transportation of natural gas liquids (NGL), reversing the flow of those lines to send the liquids from western Pennsylvania to Mont Belvieu, Texas, passing through 18 miles of Rowan County.

TGP filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in February 2015 to abandon, modify and construct new pipeline and compression facilities.

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Supt. Marvin Moore and Judge-Executive Walter Blevins have all publicly spoken out against the repurposing.

KFTC said the project has the potential to adversely impact threatened and endangered species in the cold water aquatic habitat of Triplett Creek.

They also stressed the potential danger to the Cranston community including Tilden Hogge Elementary School.

Citizens concerned about the project have attended every Fiscal Court meeting over the past two years as a reminder that they are against the repurposing, with the hopes of the county considering zoning changes to stop the project.

Fiscal Court has agreed that many of their constituents are not in favor of such zoning, but wanted to explore other options.

Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins told the Court last week that Madison County just passed on ordinance within their subdivision regulations that could potentially stop the repurposing.

The ordinance requires 50 foot setbacks from gas transmission pipelines or hazardous liquid pipelines from general residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

Watkins said if the ordinance was passed in Rowan County, the subdivision which would hinder the repurposing progress would be the subdivisions on Rice Road.

The county attorney said the pipeline runs through the subdivisions, thus the repurposing would go against the county’s ordinance.

Watkins presented Fiscal Court last week with some information on the repurposing and the Madison County ordinance. He said there was much more to research and look over, but it may be something that would work.

More discussion is expected during next month’s regularly scheduled Fiscal Court meeting on Tuesday, April 17.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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