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Pipeline officials brief legislative committee
Officials with the Bluegrass Pipeline project on Thursday briefed members of the state’s Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources & Environment on jobs, new tax revenues and other perceived benefits the pipeline project will bring to Kentucky.
Officials provided legislators an update on the project’s status and informed of the extensive regulatory guidelines and safety standards associated with building and operating a pipeline.
“Bluegrass Pipeline will carry the critical ingredients for making products that are used by many Kentucky businesses, including the state’s robust auto manufacturing sector,” Jim Scheel, senior vice president of corporate strategic development at Williams, one of the joint venture partners in the project, said in a release about the meeting. “That means jobs, and it means Kentucky continues to play a part in making our nation less reliant on foreign sources of energy. It also means about a hundred and thirty-six million dollars in new ad valorem tax revenue during just the first ten years for Kentucky schools, towns and other local recipients.”
Pipeline officials spoke about their commitment to working with Kentucky landowners and informed legislators that more than three quarters of the property owners along the proposed route in Kentucky have granted permission for environmental and civil surveys of their property.
In a discussion about the potential use of eminent domain along the pipeline’s proposed route, officials said that is an absolute last option that only about 1 percent of easements required.
Bluegrass Pipeline will soon be announcing a series of telephone town hall meetings in which residents can participate in live discussions without ever leaving their homes.
Those with questions can learn more and submit questions at www.BluegrassPipeline.com or by calling 888-336-3252.
Massie: No on Syria
President Barack Obama may have won critical support from House Speaker John Boehner for a punitive strike against Syria, but Fourth District U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg), who represents Shelby County, remains a "no" vote, he said Tuesday during a visit to Maysville.
“I'm a "no" on the vote,” Massie said in a meeting with the editorial board of The Ledger Independent. “There are a few yes, a few no, but most are in the middle.”
He said he expects discussions next week when Congress returns to Washington to focus on the optics of the situation. However, he said the principle of the situation should be top priority.
Massie said every phone call he has had with fellow members of Congress has indicated constituents favor staying out of Syria. He said it would take a threat to our national security before he could favor entering another MidEast conflicts.
Senior Cabinet officials labored to convince Congress that Bashar Assad's government must be punished for a suspected chemical weapons attack the administration blames for more than 1,000 dead.
The leader of House Republicans, Boehner emerged from a meeting at the White House and said the United States has "enemies around the world that need to understand that we're not going to tolerate this type of behavior. We also have allies around the world and allies in the region who also need to know that America will be there and stand up when it's necessary."
The administration says 1,429 died in the episode.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has said he would vote against the authorization, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was noncommittal about Obama's request.
EMS to host SBDM election
Shelby County East Middle School is entitled to add a third parent member to its Site-Based Decision-Making Council this year because of the diversity of the school’s community. The third parent needs to belong to a minority group. All parents can vote in this election.
Nominations are due to Sylvia Russell in the school office no later than 3:30 p.m. today. Voting will be held at school office from 7:45 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. and 3:40-4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Results will be announced (and a run-off held if needed) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
For more information, call Russell at 502-633-1478.
Danison to address Rotary
Chuck Danison, a statewide Lions Club official, will speak to the Shelbyville Rotary Club on Tuesdayt. 10. He has been a member of the Simpsonville Lions Club since 1985. Rotary meets at noon at the Centenary United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Washington and 5th streets in Shelbyville.
Multi-Purpose board meeting
Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency’s Board of Directors will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Multi-Purpose CAA’s Senior Center, located at 214 Frank E. Simon in Shepherdsville. The public is invited to attend. Multi-Purpose CAA provides services in Bullitt, Shelby and Spencer Counties.
Road work, projects
The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.