Louisville Gas and Electric Company is in the beginning stages of a project to construct a new natural gas transmission pipeline to serve Bullitt County. The new pipeline, which is approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission, will enhance reliability for customers by creating an additional path for natural gas traveling through the system to residents and businesses in the area. In addition, the added capacity it provides will support continued growth and economic development within the region.
While the exact path of the pipeline is still being determined, the pipeline is expected to be about 10-12 miles in length – stretching from an existing LG&E natural gas transmission line in eastern Bullitt County to an existing LG&E distribution line in the area.
LG&E is currently in the process of performing survey work for the project that will provide information needed to aid in the engineering and design of the pipeline and to determine its final path.
Below are questions and answers providing more information on the project and survey process. For more information about the project, call (502) 560-7434 or email.
About the Project
Q. Why is the future pipeline necessary?
A. The new pipeline will further strengthen reliability for existing LG&E natural gas customers by creating an additional path for natural gas traveling through the system to serve residents and businesses in the Bullitt County area. The added capacity provided by the pipeline is needed to support residential, commercial and industrial growth in the area.
Q. Has LG&E obtained all necessary regulatory approvals and environmental evaluations needed to construct the future pipeline?
A. LG&E will be working with appropriate agencies, such as the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), to ensure the pipeline is constructed according to applicable permitting requirements.
Q. What will the completed pipeline be like once it’s constructed?
A. While the final pipeline design is still in process, when completed, the pipeline is expected to be about 10-12 miles long – running from an existing LG&E natural gas transmission pipeline in eastern Bullitt County to an existing LG&E natural gas distribution line in the area.
After construction, the pipeline easement will be restored and can be used by the property owner for uses such as farming and hunting with some restrictions, including no trees or permanent structures. Additionally, vehicles can cross over the pipeline. The pipeline will be inspected and patrolled periodically by LG&E.
Q. Has a final route for the future pipeline already been selected?
A. Though a preferred path has been identified based on criteria we use during route consideration – including cost, property impact, construction considerations and feasibility; the final pipeline route is still being developed and cannot be confirmed until surveying is complete.
Q. Where will the pipeline cross my property?
A. The information gathered during surveying will provide the data necessary to determine the pipeline’s final path. Which properties the pipeline will cross and where it will cross those properties is unable to be determined until the bulk of necessary survey information has been collected.
Q. What happens if my property is determined to be within the final pipeline route?
A. If, following surveying, the final pipeline route will require crossing a portion of your property, a certified appraiser will be used to determine the land value and an LG&E Right of Way agent will contact you to discuss purchasing an easement from you that would enable us to place the planned pipeline on the property.
Q. Are pipelines safe?
A. Pipelines continue to be a very safe method for transporting natural gas. Safety is our number one priority at LG&E. We will design and construct this pipeline with materials and construction methods in accordance with applicable codes, standards, and pipeline safety regulations. The pipeline will be tested prior to being put into service. As part of our Integrity Management Program, LG&E will also perform future inspections when the pipeline is in operation to verify its integrity.
About the Survey Process
Q. Why does LG&E want to survey my land?
A. The survey work currently being performed is part of preliminary planning for a future natural gas transmission pipeline to be located in Bullitt County. The survey process is the standard method used to gather information necessary for the engineering and design work that will determine the final pipeline route and ahead of acquiring easements necessary for the project.
Q. What is an easement?
A. Easements are granted by landowners to provide the company the right to access, construct, maintain, and protect the company's facilities. It also establishes responsibilities that the company must adhere to within the defined easement area. Easements are often stated as “rights-of-way,” which typically refer to the same meaning.
Q. What should I expect during the survey process?
A. To survey properties the pipeline may cross, LG&E contractors are making site visits to each property. The surveyors are there to gather archaeological, environmental and other information. Some of the work may involve placing survey stakes in areas of the property and digging small holes that will be immediately backfilled and returned to original condition. Because additional information may be needed as part of the planning process, multiple site visits may be necessary.
Q. Will there be vehicles on my land as part of surveying?
A. Contractors performing survey work typically use vehicles or ATVs to move around areas of the property being surveyed. If you prefer the vehicles not be used on your property, we can arrange to survey by foot at your request.
Q. What if my land is damaged as part of the survey process?
A. While we do not anticipate damage to your property as a result of surveying, if any damage does occur we will restore the area to its original condition. If you feel your property was damaged, please contact LG&E by calling 502-560-7434 or email and a company representative will respond as soon as possible.
Q. When will the survey work be completed?
A. Because survey work in some locations may take more time than in others, we are unable to provide an exact date; however, once the bulk of information needed for the engineering and design of the pipeline has been gathered and portions of the route become finalized, surveying will round to a close. If the pipeline does affect your property, additional site visits may be necessary in the design phase leading into construction.
Q. What happens if I deny LG&E’s request for a survey?
A. We understand you may have concerns about the survey process and are happy to discuss those concerns with you. We’re committed to working with you to help address any reservations you might have regarding the process.
Q. What if I have questions about the surveying or future pipeline?
A. Please feel free to contact LG&E at any time throughout the project. You can call and leave a message on our dedicated Bullitt County Pipeline phone line at 502-560-7434 or you can send an email. An LG&E representative will respond to you as quickly as possible.