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November 6, 2013 Available files: mp3 wav jpg

Kentucky Faith Leaders Say No to Pipeline

Frankfort, KY - Petitions containing more than 36,000 signatures were delivered to Gov. Steve Beshear's office on Tuesday, urging him to ban the use of eminent domain to help create a natural gas liquids pipeline through Kentucky. The opposition was organized by faith leaders and environmental advocates. Comments from Sister Claire McGowan, Dominican Sisters of Peace. Image available: photo of McGowan delivering petitions.
Intro: Faith leaders and environmental advocates delivered petitions bearing more than 36-thousand signatures to Governor Steve Beshear's office on Tuesday, opposing a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky. The petitions urge the governor to ban the use of eminent domain to obtain the rights-of-way to build a new pipeline through 13 counties. Among those who delivered the petitions was Sister Claire McGowan with the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Washington County.
  Cut 41173 :15  "It's a 24-inch pipeline. The substances it will carry are highly hazardous. (:06) The likelihood of a spill coming from a leak or a failure of a weld is unacceptably high."
Tag:  The petition claims the project, known as the Bluegrass Pipeline, threatens to destabilize communities and contaminate drinking water. The developers, Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, say the claims are exaggerated and that they can use the power of eminent domain to acquire land from property owners.
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Second Cut: The plan is to build 180 miles of new pipeline in Kentucky and repurpose another 160 miles to help transport natural gas liquids from the northeastern U-S to demand centers on the Gulf Coast. Sister McGowan says faith is a primary theme of the opposition.
  Cut 42173 :12  "As people of faith, we feel compelled to protect the land and the water and the communities, whether they're the communities of people or the other biological communities."
Tag 2:  The Sisters of Loretto was the first faith group to mount public opposition to the pipeline earlier this year when the order of nuns rejected the developer's request to survey their land in Marion County.
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OPTIONAL REPORTER WRAP: uses shortened first soundbite(s)
LEAD: Faith leaders and environmental advocates delivered petitions bearing more than 36-thousand signatures to Governor Steve Beshear's office on Tuesday. As Greg Stotelmyer reports, they oppose creating a natural gas liquids pipeline through Kentucky.
  Cut 43173 :36 Outcue...Stotelmyer reporting.
Note to Editors: Reach McGowan at 859-336-5070. Link to petition at http://act.faithfulamerica.org/sign/FrackingKY/?source=fa_homepage_img.
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