The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation that would extend eminent domain rights to pipeline companies that would dispose of carbon dioxide.
The measure passed the Senate on a 30-8 vote March 26 and now returns to the House. Its chances there could be jeopardized because the Senate amended the bill to lift Kentucky’s ban on the construction of nuclear power plants.
The Senate voted in Janu- ary to remove the state’s prohibition on building nuclear power plants, but the proposal has made no headway in the House.
The eminent domain part of the bill would allow private companies to obtain easements across private property. Supporters say it will help put Kentucky out front in converting coal to liquid fuels. Carbon dioxide is a main byproduct of converting coal to cleaner burning fuels.
The legislation is House Bill 213.