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A2 MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012 LOCAL THE ADVOCATE-MESSENGER WWW.AMNEWS.COM Obituaries Visit our online obituary archive at www.amnews.com DEATHS n Arlene Merritt, 63, of Lancaster, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Ramsey Funeral Home, Lancaster. n Fred Bond, 73, of Danville, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Stith Funeral Home, Danville. FUNERALS LINCOLN Velma Estes WAYNESBURG — Velma Gourley Estes, 85, of Somerset Road, Waynesburg, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Stanford. Born Sept. 9, 1926, in Lincoln County, she was a daughter of the late Coy and Sallie May Gourley. Mrs. Estes was a homemaker and a member of Brookesville Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was pre- Bug out Ky. makes mental health progress At top, a fly rests on a blighted leaf Saturday in Boyle County. At right, a tent caterpillar moves near a few tiny white flowers. Photos by Ben Kleppinger bkleppinger@amnews.com Some say momentum has been lost By DEBORAH HIGHLAND The Daily News Residents raise concerns about route, repairs for oil pipeline By JIM WARREN Lexington Herald-Leader WINCHESTER (KPNS) — Phillip Stokely was just a boy in 1972, when his father’s house on Stoner-Ephesus Road in Clark County was damaged by construction of a crude-oil pipeline through the north edge of the property. Now, 40 years later, Stokely owns the house, and he’s afraid the same thing will happen all over again. Marathon Petroleum Corp. is replacing parts of the 1972 pipeline, and it wants to route a new section of pipe past the south end of Stokely’s home. e company’s original plan would have put the edge of the pipeline right-of-way only about 15 feet from the house’s foundation, Stokely says. Marathon representatives recently agreed to move the right-of-way back to about 70 feet from the house. Stokely doesn’t like that much, but he said he probably will have to live with it. “It’s better, but I think it still could damage the house when their heavy equipment comes in,” Stokely said last week. “e really amazing thing to me is that a congressman and a state representative can’t tell who issued a permit for this thing, or even if it requires a permit.” Stokely said he sought help from both U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, and state Rep. Donna Mayfield, RWinchester, but neither could pinpoint which government agency, state or federal, has jurisdiction over the pipeline. “e state people say it’s federal, the federal people say it’s the state,” Stokely said. “I don’t know.” Meghan Groob, a spokeswoman for Chandler, said the congressman’s office contacted several state and federal agencies to determine whether there was any government oversight on the ceded in death by her husband, Ralph Estes, and a sister, Christine McKinney. Survivors include a son, Lindon W. (Nancy) Estes of Danville; a daughter, Monica E. (Jerry) Frady of Madisonville, Tenn.; a sister, Lois Ann Sims of Waynesburg; and three grandchildren, Tiffany Frady of Maryville, Tenn., Marc Frady of Madisonville, Tenn., and Crystal Estes Ellis of Danville. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home by the Rev. Chester Cornett. Burial will be in Double Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry and Marc Frady, James Russell McKinney, Randall Sims, Larry Falconberry and Jeremy Ellis. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Friends and family may leave condolences and memories on her tribute page at www.barnett-demrow.com. pipeline’s placement, and determined that it is “a private property issue” between the property owner and the company. Mayfield could not be reached for comment. Marathon spokesman Shane Pochard listed at least seven federal, state and local agencies that the company has consulted with in planning the pipeline replacement in Central Kentucky. He says the company tries to keep the route away from homes and other structures whenever possible. Meanwhile, Stokely said he’s asked Marathon to move the pipeline still farther from his house, but hasn’t received an answer. Harry Enoch, who lives on Gold Wings Road in Clark County, also isn’t happy about the pipeline, which will cross his property. Enoch said Marathon will use a horizontal auger to drill a shaft for the pipe across his land, rather than digging a deep trench. But he said the company still intends to clearcut a 50-foot-wide strip across his land to allow for inspections of the underground pipe. Enoch calls that “ridiculous,” arguing that the cleared strip will adversely affect his tree-lined property, which he describes as a “residential forest.” He said the company filed a condemnation suit against him, but he settled “because trying to fight a condemnation is an uphill battle.” “Anytime somebody comes through with condemnation powers you’re going to have issues,” Enoch said. “ere is no regulation or anything ... no hoops that they have to jump through at all for siting an oil pipeline.” e pipeline originally was built by Ashland Oil Inc. in the early 1970s to carry crude oil from Owensboro across Kentucky to Ashland’s refinery at Catlettsburg in Boyd County. Marathon, which now owns the refinery and the pipeline, wants to replace some sections of the aging line to prevent the sort of problems that have occurred in the past. For example, a rupture in the line near Winchester dumped between 500,000 and 900,000 gallons of crude oil in 2000. It was one of the state’s worst oil spills, sending some crude into a Kentucky River tributary. Pochard, the Marathon spokesman, said the replacement project is to prevent future spills by replacing sections of pipe “identified as areas that could be of concern in the future.” “We have an extensive maintenance program, where we can run smart tools through the lines to check things like wall thickness,” he said. “We’ve identified some sections to be proactively replaced as a part of that program.” According to an online map, the pipeline crosses parts of 18 Kentucky counties, including sections of Woodford, Mercer, Jessamine, Fayette and Clark in Central Kentucky, on its way from Owensboro to Catlettsburg. Pochard said sections of pipe will be replaced in several counties along the route. It’s unclear how many sections are to be replaced in Clark County. Pipe is being replaced within the old 1972 right-of- way in many areas. But in some locations, such as Phillip Stokely’s property, new routes will be excavated for the pipe. at could mean a double whammy for Stokely. A trench will be dug on the south side of his house for the new pipe. But another trench might be necessary on the north side to remove the old line installed in 1972. Stokely said Marathon has given him the option of leaving the old line in place, although he would have to assume financial responsibility if anything went wrong with the pipe. Pochard said development sometimes makes it impossible for Marathon to completely avoid digging near buildings. “Part of that pipeline has been in the ground for roughly 40 years, and when it was built, it wasn’t encroaching on many buildings,” he said. “But the population has grown since then, and new neighborhoods and structures have been built. ey’ve been built close to a lot of those lines.” Marathon tries to work with property owners and make them comfortable when its pipelines cross their land. Meanwhile, Enoch said he’s concerned that the pipeline will pass less than 100 yards from a 1 milliongallon underground storage tank that supplies water to the city of Winchester. Leave a legacy of love HOPKINSVILLE (KPNS) — Tucked in between rolling hills along Russellville Road in Christian County sits the behemoth Western State Hospital, one of four stateoperated or supported acutecare mental health hospitals. Nearly everyone who is court-ordered to receive inpatient mental health care will pass through the six Ionic columns that stand at the top of the 20-stair entrance to the 250,000-square-foot, redbrick hospital that opened its doors in 1854. e hospital is licensed for 491 beds. But typically it has a daily population of about 100 patients, facility director Steve Wiggins said. About 60 percent of those admitted to Western State are discharged within six days. e remaining 40 percent stay between 14 and 30 days. A few patients have stayed four or five months, Wiggins said. But lengthy stays are not common. About 90 percent of the patients at Western State are court ordered to be there and arrive in a law enforcement vehicle, Wiggins said. Unlike other states, where state mental hospitals offer nothing but long-term care, Kentucky’s mental health hospitals provide acute care. “Acute care is someone who needs to come in for short, brief medication change, stabilization, and typically will be discharged within six days,” Wiggins said. “We have a few patients who have been here longer than four or five months,” Wiggins said. But that is uncommon. Western State could, with its current licensing, provide care to 491 patients at one time. However, the hospital is not staffed for that many pa- Physicians for Families, PSC C. Glen Click, MD and Sta - Accepting New Patients Accepting New Patients The memories you’ll leave to others are priceless. With careful preparation, you could give nancial support to the people and causes you care most about. 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What that means in many cases in other states is that the mentally ill who are waiting for beds to open are often sitting in jail cells simply because they are mentally ill, a practice that was common in Kentucky until the General Assembly passed laws decriminalizing mental illness in the 1990s. “ere are situations where people with mental illness enter the criminal justice system, their mental health issues are addressed by our jails, and they are processed back out until you see them again,” Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron said. “I think nationwide from talking to prosecutors all across the country, there’s really not a model anywhere. All states are dealing with this issue,” Cohron said. While many mental health professionals agree that Kentucky has come a long way in mental health care since the 1990s, changes are still needed, state Rep. Jimmie Lee, DElizabethtown, said. 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