By Cara Cooper
When did it become acceptable to just say whatever it is you need to get your way? At one time there was something that we all valued more than money, more than jobs, and it was a little thing called the truth. You know, I listen to these pony-show presentations put on by the Bluegrass Pipeline companies and just get so upset, because it seems to me that they have no qualms about stretching, and bending, and molding the truth. In fact, many of the things they have said recently have been outright lies and contradictions of things they told us early on in this process. I often wonder how these representatives sleep at night, how many Ambien it takes for them to drift off to dreamless sleep in their large, plush beds in their big, fancy homes.
Lies perpetrated by the Bluegrass Pipeline Companies. Number one, energy independence. This pipeline has absolutely nothing to do with energy. NGLs are mostly used to make plastics and they have no intention of keeping the bulk of that product in the U.S. Number two, jobs for Kentuckians. They talk about creating jobs for us here in Kentucky in one breath, and then spout that they will be creating a local economy boom when their workers stay in local hotels. Um, if the workers live here, why the heck do they need hotels? Number three, they want to be a good neighbor. If my neighbors were sneaking around on my property and surveying without permission, like many properties have been, there would be a feud starting in no time. Number four, their top priority is safety. It goes without saying that their top priority is money in their pockets, and all it takes is one look at the safety record of Williams Company to throw that lie right out the window.
Let’s be real folks, I know a lot of us are hurting for jobs, but let’s not let our desperation lead us to some irreversible disaster that could endanger our lives, ruin our water supply, damage our farmlands, lower our property values, and pollute our earth. Especially not for the few and temporary jobs that this project would create for here at home.
Stand in solidarity with those who are the front lines of this pipeline project. Call your state senators and representatives and make sure they know that we don’t want NGL pipelines in Kentucky and private corporations should not get the right of eminent domain to carry dangerous, toxic liquids through our state for the benefit of themselves and other countries. If this issue comes up for a vote, I can guarantee that the representatives along the pipeline route have already heard from their constituents and know to vote against the project, make sure your representatives know how to vote, too. Call 502-564-8100 and ask for your senator and you will be connected with their office.
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