Bullitt County Pipeline

Quick facts:

  • LG&E’s Bullitt County Pipeline Project was approved by the KPSC in 2017.
  • The pipeline is needed to continue reliably serving Bullitt County.
  • Construction of the pipeline, originally scheduled for completion in 2019, has been delayed due to final permitting approvals and litigation to acquire the final easements necessary.
  • With the existing pipeline at full capacity, requests for new or expanded natural gas service in the area have been deferred since July 2019.
  • More than 500 requests for service have been deferred.

Project details

LG&E is currently working on a project to construct a new natural gas transmission pipeline to serve Bullitt County. The new pipeline, which was approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission in 2017, will enhance reliability for customers by creating an additional path for natural gas traveling through the system to residents and businesses in the area, reducing the chances of customers in the area experiencing an outage. In addition, the added capacity it provides will support continued growth and economic development within the region.

Pipeline specifications

The pipeline is expected to be about 12 inches in size and 12 miles in length – stretching from an existing LG&E natural gas transmission line in eastern Bullitt County to an existing LG&E distribution line near I-65 that is part of a gas distribution system that serves parts of Mt. Washington, Shepherdsville, Clermont and Lebanon Junction.

Current pipeline

The existing distribution line, which serves more than 9,500 customers in the area, is at full capacity. The line can safely continue to serve the utility’s existing customers; however, to ensure reliability, additional gas supply must be added to the system in order to serve any new or expanded requests for natural gas service from industrial, commercial, or residential customers in the area as well as in adjacent areas including Brooks, Hillview and Zoneton. Until the new pipeline can be constructed, new and expanded requests for natural gas service in the area are being deferred.

The transmission line was originally scheduled to be completed in 2019, but the project has encountered delays due to extended negotiations with a limited number of property owners during the surveying phase and easement compensation negotiations with property owners of the easements needed for construction. A tentative timeline for pipeline construction will be determined once all easements have been acquired and the construction contractor is selected. Once underway, construction is expected to take about 6-9 months.

For more information about the project, call 502-560-7434 or email.

About Bernheim

As part of the project, LG&E is requesting a permanent easement on property Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest purchased after the KPSC granted the CPCN and more than 65% of easements necessary for the project had already been acquired.

The easement requested is approximately 4.5 acres, or less than 0.028% of Bernheim’s 16,000 acres, in an area not open to the public. Approximately 4,000 feet of the pipeline will be on Bernheim property, which runs along an existing, non-LG&E electric transmission line.

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Common questions

Fact vs. fiction

How are you supporting and protecting Bernheim?

We’ve been long-time supporters of Bernheim, from funding tree-plantings on-site to the sponsorship of “Forest Giants in a Giant Forest.” All of us appreciate the importance of Bernheim to the entire community. With respect to the pipeline‘s limited route in the non-public area of Bernheim, here are facts that have been widely misunderstood:

  • Only a small portion of the proposed pipeline – about 4,000 feet, or less than a mile – will run alongside an existing electric transmission line on property Bernheim acquired after approval for the pipeline was given by the Kentucky Public Service Commission and more than a year and a half after property discussions began.
  • The pipeline route is completely disconnected from Bernheim’s recreational areas that are open to the public and only makes up .03% of Bernheim’s total footprint.
  • Importantly, Bernheim will continue to have use of the area after construction.    
Teenagers planting a tree in Bernheim's Garden Pavillion area.

LG&E funded tree plantings in Bernheim’s Garden Pavilion area.

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