|A local's views on the Bluegrass Pipeline project|
Regarding the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project, while the “open house” meetings that the developer is holding may be open, they do not provide a landowner with a very balanced view of the project. They are happy to talk pleasantly about how they have 24/7 “state-of-the-art pipeline control centers” in Colorado and Louisiana, but they are more reluctant to explain how earlier this year, even with that level of monitoring a leak from a valve can go undetected in Parachute, CO for days on end, leaking toxic benzene into a nearby creek until it was found purely by accident. They say that their pipelines are constructed to “meet or exceed both federal and industry-wide standards”, but they cannot give specifics on how they go about cleaning up contaminated earth and groundwater if a leak occurs. And they do occur with alarming frequency all across the US.
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