We have developed these frequently asked questions and answers to assist landowners whose property may be affected by the Bluegrass Pipeline. Although we have attempted to answer the most frequently asked questions, other more site-specific questions should be addressed in individual discussions between the landowner and the Bluegrass Pipeline land representative. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, you can click here to contact us directly.
Has the location of the new pipeline been determined?
Will I be notified if the pipeline is going to affect my property?
What is the purpose of pipeline surveys?
What is an easement?
What size will the easement be?
How will I be compensated for any easements on my property?
What will the presence of the pipeline do to my property values?
Am I going to see bulldozers and pickup trucks driving all over my land?
How will the pipeline affect land drainage?
What precautions will be taken to prevent the subsoil from mixing with the topsoil?
Will I still own my land? Can I still use it?
We have identified preliminary project routes for the new pipeline facilities, however, they are subject to change. We are committed to working with property owners, communities, regulatory authorities and other interested stakeholders to identify and evaluate potential locations that minimize the impact of the pipeline on the community and the environment.
Yes. Landowners whose property may be affected by the proposed route will be contacted by a land representative notifying them of the need to conduct various surveys on their property.
Ground surveys are a preliminary, first step in gathering critical information that can be used in developing a pipeline proposal. The process of conducting these surveys involves several steps.
Generally, each property will be visited by various specialists in land, engineering and environmental sciences. These may or may not be concurrent visits, but should not last longer than one or two days each. Some properties may need to be revisited to obtain additional data. All information collected will be used to help us determine the location of the proposed pipeline facilities. Nothing will be removed from your property without your permission. Vehicular traffic will be confined to existing roads and access ways.
After the survey teams are finished, you may see survey stakes and/or ribbon tied to fences or vegetation. These markers are necessary to maintain a line of sight for the areas that have been surveyed. In areas where brush or tall grass is encountered, crews may need to cut some of this vegetation to maintain the line of sight. Some minor surface disturbance may be required with hand tools to collect soil samples. Our survey crews will take every precaution to ensure no damage to your property or disruption of your daily activities will occur.
An easement, or right of way, is a limited right to use a portion of property for specific purposes. Should a new easement be required, Bluegrass Pipeline will compensate the landowner for the right to construct, operate and maintain an underground pipeline (and, in limited cases, aboveground equipment related to the pipeline such as valves and cathodic protection sites).
The amount of land required for the easement will vary for each tract of land depending on a number of factors. Your land representative will discuss the land requirements during the easement negotiations. Typically, we will need a 50-foot wide permanent easement for operation and maintenance of the pipeline.
The total width of the construction workspace will vary depending on such factors as slope, soil conditions and regulatory requirements. Generally, another roughly 50 feet of additional temporary workspace width will be required to construct the pipeline.
In certain locations, a portion of the workspace may overlap the rights of way for existing pipelines. All temporary workspace will revert to the landowner upon completion of construction, with no restrictions.
Bluegrass Pipeline is committed to offering a fair price for any required easement. Specifically, any offer by Bluegrass Pipeline to acquire an easement will be based on the following:
- A fair value, based upon market value principles and number of acres needed, for the privilege of establishing a permanent easement across your land. We will obtain a permanent easement, but you, as the landowner, retain ownership and use of the land.
- Additional compensation for damages to crops, grazing lands, timber or any structures directly caused by the construction and maintenance of the pipeline. Construction damages will be paid on the area affected by the actual construction. The settlement for damages to crops either can be paid in advance, based on records of local yields or can be paid after construction, based on actual crop losses.
Historically speaking, pipeline easements have had little or no effect on property values.
All construction activities will be restricted to the right of way and temporary workspace areas granted during the negotiations. Only those private roads agreed to in advance will be used by the construction crews.
The right of way will be graded after construction to allow normal water drainage. All drainages will be returned to their original patterns. The right of way may be terraced, seeded, mulched or otherwise stabilized to prevent erosion. Any settlement of soil over the pipeline after construction will be restored to maintain the original grade.
Bluegrass Pipeline commits to follow all state, local or federal requirements concerning topsoil segregation.
It is important to note that an easement does not transfer title of the land to
Bluegrass Pipeline; it merely grants us the right to use the land for the specific purposes stated in the easement. After construction of the pipeline, most uses of the surface of the land may continue, including farming activities such as crop production or raising livestock.
How to Apply for Community Grants
Community organizations are encouraged to complete the online application on our website to request funding for projects that make a positive impact in the community.
Bluegrass Pipeline Community Grant Program Now Open
The Bluegrass Pipeline Community Grant Program opened October 1, and has received more than 20 grant applications to date from community organizations in Ohio and Kentucky.
Bluegrass Pipeline Accepting Applications for Community Grant Program
Tulsa, Okla. — Bluegrass Pipeline announced it is accepting applications for the Bluegrass Pipeline Community Grant Program to fund projects that directly benefit counties traversed by the pipeline project. Grants up to $25,000 per organization per year will be awarded. Projects funded by the Bluegrass Community Grant Program should provide community benefits, with specific emphasis […]