The Williams Corp. of Tulsa, Okla., in partnership with the Boardwalk Pipeline Partners of Houston, has proposed construction of an interstate pipeline from two separate natural gas shales in western Pennsylvania and southeast Ohio through Kentucky. If built, the pipeline would transport natural gas liquids such as ethane, butane and propane from a developing natural gas exploration market in the northeast United States to an export complex on the Gulf Coast. From there, the natural gas liquids, often called NGL, would be shipped overseas for use in the construction of plastics, synthetics and rubber. The proposed pipeline would cross over the 200 year old Loretto Mother House in Marion County KY
She was born in 1931, and grew up on a farm in Hardin County, Ky., 40 miles from Loretto. In her working years in Louisville, Ky., she founded St. Benedict’s Center for Early Childhood Education; under her leadership, the center built a passive solar energy building in 1997. Now in retirement at the Motherhouse, she is active with Bluegrass Pipeline organizing: she has gone door-to-door educating Marion County residents about the pipeline, and she prints emails and articles for the community daily – to help the “email-less” older Sisters stay current on the issues.
Kathy Wright SL is a Sister of Loretto, a CPA and the Treasurer of the Community. She was born in 1952 and has spent her working years in a variety of educational and social change organizations. As a resident of Ky she has been active in the efforts to stop the Bluegrass Pipeline from transporting dangerous natural gas liquids through Ky. Kathy is a long time member of the Loretto Investment Committee that is currently looking at the bigger energy picture in the U.S. and the need to move away from fossil fuels, including fracking, and shift to cleaner, safer, renewable energy.