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, 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.
The pipeline is expected to be about 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.
We are currently working with property owners to purchase the remaining easements required for the project; acquiring necessary permits for the project and beginning the competitive bidding process for its construction contracts.
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 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 has and will submit applicable permits, which will be reviewed by appropriate agencies, such as the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Kentucky Division of Water and transportation agencies, 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 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 near I-65 that is part of a gas distribution system that serves parts of Mt. Washington, Shepherdsville, Clermont and Lebanon Junction.
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. The final pipeline path has been determined though it is possible some necessary changes may be determined during construction.
Q. Why did LG&E request confidential treatment of the proposed pipeline path from the PSC?
A. LG&E requested to withhold the proposed pipeline route in February 2017 because at that time, the route had not yet been finalized. The engineering and design work was just starting and the process of notifying property owners along the preliminary route in order to conduct surveys was beginning. The engineering, design work and surveys would provide the additional information needed for LG&E to finalize the route and continue the easement acquisition process. Once the final route was selected and LG&E began contacting the landowners along the route as part of the easement acquisition process, the route became public knowledge.
Q. Does this project include creating natural gas storage fields in the area?
A. No. While LG&E maintains five natural gas storage fields, we have no plans for an additional natural gas storage field as part of this project. As filed with and approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission and filed with permitting agencies, this project strictly involves the construction of a natural gas pipeline to transport natural gas to serve our current and future customers in an area of Bullitt County. As communicated, this pipeline 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 pipeline will add capacity to support continued growth and economic development within the region.
Q. Has LG&E drilled wells or been cited for any drilling performed in preparation for this project?
A. As part of the survey process, contractors performed what are called a geotechnical core drills. A core drill, which does not require any permits, is used to gather geotechnical information, such as the type of rock located in the area, and is needed for the project. One geotechnical core drill was performed to a depth of about 300 feet and encountered a small pocket of native gas that safely dissipated while being closely monitored by LG&E. The information gathered through performing the drill is needed in the design for the pipeline construction. LG&E has not received citations of any kind for this work.
Q. Does LG&E plan to use drilling to produce gas from land in Bullitt County?
A. No. LG&E is not a producer of natural gas and will not produce natural gas in Bullitt County.
Q. Can a natural gas transmission pipeline safely be located near other utility infrastructure?
A. Yes. LG&E has successfully located and operated its natural gas infrastructure alongside other utility-related infrastructure over time. Doing so is a routine part of our business and enables areas throughout the utility’s service territory to be served with multiple utilities, both essential and other. Locating utilities in proximity to one another is often preferred in effort to minimize the impact of the utilities on the surrounding community. LG&E is working with a third-party engineering firm on the project and has positioned the proposed pipeline in relation to electric transmission lines in a manner that meets regulatory requirements and can be operated safely.
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.
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 if I have questions about the 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.