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Kentucky: Bluegrass Pipeline Awards More than $160,000 in New Grants

Bluegrass Pipeline announced today it has awarded grants totaling more than $160,000 to 43 organizations in Kentucky and Ohio to fund projects that directly benefit counties traversed by the pipeline project.  These grants are in addition to those awarded earlier this year.

During the second cycle of the Bluegrass Pipeline Community Grant Program, grants were awarded in March to 21 organizations in Kentucky to fund a variety of projects ranging from school safety projects and animal shelter upgrades to critical equipment for first responders and new tornado sirens. The following organizations in Kentucky received funds during this second cycle of the grant program:

  • City of Lawrenceburg (Anderson County)  – NEOS 360 Playground Structure/Together We Play
  • Anderson County Schools – Security Features for Safe Campus Program
  • Anderson County Schools – Upgrade Equipment for The Eye on Bus Safety Project
  • Breckinridge County Tourism – Promoting Tourism in Breckinridge County
  • Breckinridge County Community Center – Wildflowers and Prairie Grass Project
  • Breckinridge County Animal Shelter – Shelter Expansion
  • Breckinridge County Central Ambulance Service – Enhanced HAZMAT Medical Response Initiative
  • City of Irvington (Breckinridge County) – Tornado Siren
  • Friends of Rough River, Inc. (Breckinridge County) – Supporting Outdoor Education Events
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services (Hardin County) – Emergency Deployable Radio Communications Equipment
  • Kentucky 86 Fire & Rescue Dept. (Hardin County) – Washer for Firefighting Gear
  • Cynthiana Project Playground (Harrison County) – Playground Expansion
  • LaRue County Park & Recreation – New Restroom Project
  • Bardstown/Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department – New Substation Project
  • City of Bardstown Fire Department (Nelson County) – Materials to Expand Emergency Services Training Center
  • Thomas Nelson High School (Nelson County) – Graduation Night “Project Lift Off” to Keep Students Safe and Off the Roads
  • Northern Pendleton County Fire District – Additional Essential Equipment
  • Diamond Legacy Sports Complex (Scott County) – Funding for Practice Facility for Youth Sports
  • Williamstown Volunteer Fire Dept. (Grant County) – Positive Pressure Vent Truck Purchase
  • National Wild Turkey Federation (Kentucky Chapter) – Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
  • Rachel’s Fun for Everyone Project (Hardin County) – Playground Project

“As you can see from this long list, these are all important projects with a direct benefit to the community,” said Scott Carney, local outreach business partner for Bluegrass Pipeline. “We’re encouraged by these organizations in Kentucky and their service and look forward to watching their projects become a reality.”

To date, Bluegrass Pipeline has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $339,000 in counties along the project route. There are several opportunities in 2014 to apply for grants. The next deadline is April 30. To learn more about the application guidelines or to apply, go to: http://bluegrasspipeline.com/community-grants

Projects funded by the Bluegrass Community Grant Program should provide community benefits, with specific emphasis for projects impacting:

  • First Responders / Emergency & Safety Preparedness
  • Youth or senior services
  • Education programs
  • Economic development
  • Enhancement of open spaces and park land
    for recreation
  • Enrichment of wildlife habitat
  • Promotion of environmental education
  • Preservation of wetlands and wildlife habitat

Questions about the program should be sent to grants@bluegrasspipeline.com.

The proposed Bluegrass Pipeline would transport natural gas liquids (NGLs) such as propane, butane, ethane and natural gasoline, which are used in home heating and cooking, motor fuels, plastics production and industrial energy. More than half of the proposed 1,100 mile route will consist of existing pipeline that will be converted to become part of Bluegrass Pipeline.

Two experienced pipeline companies, Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, are working together on the project, which is in the early stages of development. In addition to gathering input from the public by hosting opening houses and telephone town hall meetings, the project team is currently working on surveys, regulatory approvals, permitting and right-of-way acquisition. More information and a map of the proposed route can be viewed at BluegrassPipeline.com.

BGP Briefs Members of Nelson County Chamber of Commerce

On March 6, 2014, the Bluegrass Pipeline presented to the Nelson County (Kentucky) Chamber of Commerce at its monthly luncheon. The presentation updated Nelson County business leaders and shared how the project will create opportunities for the County, the Commonwealth and the Country. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Bluegrass Pipeline appreciated the chance to discuss the project with members and the community.

Bluegrass Pipeline rep Scott Carney presents to a full house at Maywood Country Club in Bardstown, KY.

Bluegrass Pipeline rep Scott Carney presents to a full house at Maywood Country Club in Bardstown, KY.

BGP Shares Updates with Larue County Chamber

On February 19, 2014, Bluegrass Pipeline representatives presented at the Larue County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. The Bluegrass Pipeline is a sustaining sponsor of the Larue County Chamber. Project representatives shared important information and updates about the project and answered questions from community leaders and residents.

Scott Carney, of Bluegrass Pipeline, presents to the Larue County Chamber of Commerce.

Scott Carney, of Bluegrass Pipeline, presents to the Larue County Chamber of Commerce.

Bluegrass Pipeline Awards Community Grant to Breckinridge County KY Animal Shelter

The Breckinridge County Animal Shelter in Hardinburg, Kentucky today announced the receipt of $12,500 from the Bluegrass Pipeline project which will be used for expanding its facility in order to further the shelter’s mission of housing the county’s homeless animals until they find their forever homes. The funding is part of a community grant program that’s available for counties that host the Bluegrass Pipeline.

From left to right, Bluegrass  representative Luke Webster (with "Fletcher"), Breckenridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas, and Breckinridge County Animal Control Officer Tommy Matthews (with "Vinnie").

From left to right, Bluegrass representative Luke Webster (with “Fletcher”), Breckenridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas, and Breckinridge County Animal Control Officer Tommy Matthews (with “Vinnie”).

Tommy Matthews, the Breckinridge County Animal Control Officer of said, “we appreciate the generosity of the Bluegrass Pipeline. This contribution will allow us to continue quality care to the animals in the county. We save hundreds of animals a year and find them loving homes in coordination with our County Animal Friends Organization.”

“Bluegrass Pipeline is proud to support the shelter and its worthy cause,” said Scott Carney, local outreach coordinator for the Bluegrass Pipeline. “The mission of our program is to identify and help fund projects that directly benefit the community. We are committed to being a strong member of the communities where we operate and look forward to providing continued support in the future.”

The Bluegrass Pipeline Community Grant Program is designed to emphasize the company’s social responsibility on issues such as safety, environmental stewardship and community benefits. To that end, grants are awarded for a variety of projects including new equipment for first responders, wildlife habitat enhancement, conservation education, historic preservation and economic and community development.

The Breckinridge County Animal Shelter works is supported by the Fiscal Court and coordinates fund-raising and events for the shelter.

WL Plastics Trumpets the Need for More Energy Infrastructure in Kentucky

WL Plastics, one of the largest manufacturers of polyethylene pipe in North America, recently hosted a tour of its Elizabethtown, Kentucky facility for local economic development leaders.

The tour focused on WL Plastics’ facility and how the plastics industry could benefit from energy infrastructure projects like additional natural gas liquids (NGL) pipelines. The Elizabethtown facility is held up as an example of the benefits, such as lower production costs, local plastics manufacturers will receive from additional energy infrastructure.

WL Plastics leaders meeting with local economic development officials, explaining that demand for their products is up, and how expanded access to NGLs will help them meet that demand and grow their business.

WL Plastics leaders meeting with local economic development officials, explaining that demand for their products is up, and how expanded access to NGLs will help them meet that demand and grow their business.

WL Plastics, which employees 50 people in the Elizabethtown region, manufactures high performance High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe and related products for the oil, gas, mining, industrial and municipal water markets.

HDPE is derived from ethylene, which can be derived from natural gas. There is a high demand for PE Pipe and an immediate need for access to additional ethylene to meet this increasing demand.

WL Plastics leaders believe energy infrastructure projects like the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline could be a major boost for the ability of the plastics industry in general and WL Plastics in particular by providing this expanding industry in North America and growing business in Kentucky with new access to additional ethylene.

“Energy infrastructure provides accessible and affordable ethylene products to American manufacturers like us,” said Justin Robertson of WL Plastics. “We’re always pleased to see new energy infrastructure in close proximity to where we do business because it helps us be in a better position to meet the growing demand for our products and services whenever we are able to better access the materials and supplies that we need.”

In addition to getting a closer look at WL Plastics facilities, those who participated in this tour also heard from representatives of the Bluegrass Pipeline.

“We’re honored that WL Plastics included us in this special event today,” Scott Carney, a member of the Bluegrass Pipeline outreach team said. “Their facility here in Elizabethtown is very impressive.”

Carney told the gathering that Bluegrass Pipeline is part of a larger design of energy infrastructure to make necessary deliveries of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) across North America.

“With the Bluegrass Pipeline, Kentucky will be an integral participant in supporting its manufacturing industry (including WL Plastics) with access to an abundance of energy and products. That helps spur job growth and means Kentucky continues to play a part in our nation’s securing local production and energy security.”