A judge has decided that eminent domain can't be used to take private land to build a natural gas pipeline through
Bluegrass Pipeline Co. has said it has the right to condemn property for its pipeline under
eminent domain law. But according to reports, Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd
ruled Tuesday that the power of eminent domain can't be delegated to a private
company unless the legislature finds it would be in the public interest. Kentucky
Shepherd says the power has not been delegated to Bluegrass Pipeline for the project.
The citizens group Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain had sought a ruling on the question.