Project Journal

How will Bluegrass Pipeline be Permitted?

Who Decides If This Pipeline Gets Built?

surveycrew250x167The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency, in consultation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and state departments of natural resources. There are many county, state and federal permits that must be applied for and approved before the pipeline can be built. We plan to submit our application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by the end of 2013. All the work we are doing along the right of way related to civil, cultural, archeological, wetlands, threatened and endangered species (including the Indiana Bat) will be included in the application for review by the Corps.

What Factors Will Be Considered Before Building The Bluegrass Pipeline?

As part of the rigorous environmental review of the proposed pipeline route, the following factors are considered:

  • Aquifers and drinking water sources
  • Natural resources such as woodlands or wetlands
  • Threatened or endangered species
  • Cultural resources (paleontology, archeology and historical resources)
  • Proximity to residential or commercial development or public land uses
  • Soil types and constructability issues
  • Space needed for construction and maintenance of the pipeline
  • Geological formations
  • Existing rights of way

This project must obtain authorizations from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Before issuing a permit for any project, the USACE must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which requires projects to be rigorously scrutinized. Bluegrass will provide detailed environmental information in its applications, which will be considered by the USACE in determining whether the project has satisfied the NEPA and should be authorized.

See a list of agencies that are involved in the regulation or permitting process of the pipeline.

Who Regulates The Pipeline?

The design, construction, operation and maintenance of the pipeline will be regulated by the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration under Title 49 CFR Part 195.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will regulate the rates and service offered by the pipeline under the Interstate Commerce Act.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the regulatory and permitting process, we invite you to contact us at either or our hotline, 1-888-336-3252.