Readers may have heard that energy company Kinder Morgan has been pushing to lay down 260 miles of pipeline along the Savannah River and to the coast. The pipeline would apparently break off from a larger pipeline that brings gas to the Northeast from Gulf Coast refineries, and the gas to be transported through the pipeline would mostly be for domestic use.
In order to push the project forward, Kinder Morgan plans to seek out the ability to exercise eminent domain, though the extent to which the company would do so is likely to be minimal. Still, the prospect of a private company forcing land owners to give up their property has turned out to be controversial. In addition, there are concerns about the potential environmental impact of laying down a pipeline.