- Associated Press - Sunday, April 13, 2014
Pipeline would pass through hundreds of waterways

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - U.S Army Corps of Engineers documents show that a planned pipeline project in Kentucky would affect more than 750 rivers, streams, wetlands and ponds during construction.

The proposed Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids through more than a dozen Kentucky counties on the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/Qh3f5hhttps://cjky.it/Qh3f5h ) obtained a wetlands destruction permit submitted to the Corps of Engineers in December with a Freedom of Information Act request. The permit says the construction would require digging trenches through most of the waterways or drilling underneath others, as well as maintaining a 50-foot cleared right of way.

“Impacts on water bodies crossed by the project would be temporary,” the pipeline project asserted in an initial wetlands-destruction permit application to the Corps dated Dec. 30, 2013. “As proposed, the project will not result in a permanent loss of wetlands.”

The permit has since been withdrawn and the pipeline’s builders have pushed back a proposed construction completion date to the end of 2016.

A pipeline spokeswoman, Sara Delgado, said in an email that Bluegrass Pipeline also has withdrawn its permit applications filed at Corps offices in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, covering other sections of the proposed pipeline. She said the company plans to resubmit its analysis and application.


Police: Ky. man charged for burning cat in stove

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - Police say a Harlan County man who allegedly threw a cat into a wood-burning stove during an argument has been charged with a felony.

Kentucky State Police charged 48-year-old Rex Hinton with torturing an animal. Investigators say Hinton got into an argument with his wife last month at their home and threw the animal into the stove and slammed the door. Hinton’s wife retrieved the cat but it later died.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (https://bit.ly/Qhwl4q) police waited to charge Hinton until his recent release from a psychiatric treatment unit in Hazard.

State police Trooper Shane Jacobs says the charge against Hinton, of Baxter, is a felony because the cat was killed.

Hinton was in jail in Harlan County on a $5,000 bond.



Mammoth Cave to participate in science project

GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) - Officials at Mammoth Cave National Park want visitors and nearby residents to participate in a science project.

The park has partnered with a national initiative called Project Budburst that allows citizens to record plant data. The data that’s collected will be used to help determine how climate change affects plants.

“Project Budburst is a citizen science project,” said Shannon Trimboli, education coordinator for the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning, a partnership between Mammoth Cave National Park and Western Kentucky University. “It is online. It is a national project. What they are looking at is the phenology of plants - when they start to bud out, when they get their flowers, when fruit appears, when their leaves fall - all those sorts of things.”

Park staff told the Glasgow Daily Times (https://bit.ly/R13FOf) that they want to begin by learning about 10 different plant species: mayapple, Virginia bluebells, flowering dogwood, garlic mustard, eastern redbud, Virginia creeper, beefsteak plant, spicebush, tulip poplar and eastern serviceberry.

In order to participate, people must first go to the Project Budburst website - https://budburst.org/parks/mcnp.php - and download a form to record data. After making and recording observations, the data can be entered on the website.

“The data will be available online for scientists to analyze. It will also be available for teachers or anybody who wants to download and look at it themselves,” Trimboli said.



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