PSC wants the public to know about Kentucky's natural gas pipelines

Posted at 5:47 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 17:56:24-04

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — As federal investigators work to determine what caused the explosion in Lincoln County, a spokesman for the Kentucky Public Service Commission says there are things the public should know about the more than 7,000 miles of gas pipeline that run through the Commonwealth.

A spokesman with Kentucky's PSC says it's not common for gas pipelines to explode, but when they do, it can be dangerous.

The explosion happened on the Texas Eastern pipeline owned by Enbridge. In a statement Thursday, the company express "condolences to the family and loved ones of the person who was lost today and to who all have been affected by this incident."

According to their website, Enbridge has natural gas pipelines that stretch about 26,000 miles across North America and the gulf of Mexico. Andrew Melnykovich with the PSC says pipelines are prevalent in the Commonwealth and companies are required to let you know if you live near one.

The good news is that even with 7,000 miles of pipeline in Kentucky, explosions are uncommon.