Crews Begin Work on Mo. Stretch of Canadian Oil Pipeline

3 years 9 months 2 days ago September 23, 2013 Sep 23, 2013 Monday, September 23 2013 Monday, September 23, 2013 5:54:00 PM CDT in News
By: Nick Thompson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JOHNSON COUNTY - Crews have begun digging deep into the Mid-Missouri soil to bring oil from the tar sands of Canada to the refineries of the Gulf region.

The new pipeline will carry diluted bitumen or "dilbit," to refineries.

KOMU 8 News first reported in mid-July that Enbridge, a Canadian oil company, was looking to get approval to build parts of the Flanagan South pipeline through Missouri.

The company held a public meeting in Archie July 17 to explain the project, at a time when the company was looking to get approval from federal officials to build the pipeline.

The pipeline has been controversial as Enbridge planned to cross the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, as well as other wetland habitat.

The approval process for the company took off shortly after the meeting. The Kansas City office of the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers approved the project and crews began work in mid-August. Officials had been looking to build the pipeline for two years and were finishing negotiations with landowners.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment has filed a suit against the Corps., claiming it has unlawfully withheld information about the pipeline that should have been available under the Freedom of Information Act. The coalition has multiple complaints with how the pipeline was approved and how it could affect the local environment when it is finished.

The more than 600 mile Flanagan South pipeline will stretch from Flanagan, Ill. to Cushing, Okla. and will pass through 11 counties in Missouri including Johnson, Lafayette, Saline, Shelby, Randolph and Macon. Enbridge expects the pipeline to be finished some time in 2014 and expects it to carry 600,000 gallons of oil per day.

Kelly Osborn, the President of Houston-based U.S. Pipeline, told KOMU 8 News his company is contracted to lay 301 miles of pipeline for Enbridge.

Osborn said his crews are laying 36-inch diameter pipe about four feet under the ground. Osborn said weather and underground rock will serve as the greatest challenges as crews continue to work on the project.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A man drove into Mizzou Arena through a closed gate on the south side Sunday morning and then... More >>
6 minutes ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 5:33:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A Kansas City area teenager told police he was high on mushrooms when he crashed his car into... More >>
1 hour ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 4:26:54 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia College will ban tobacco use on its campus starting in August. This includes traditional products like... More >>
2 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 3:21:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police are looking for a 15-year-old boy who is suspected of fatally shooting one man and... More >>
2 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 3:03:18 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Foundation for Health has awarded $700,000 to support the construction, planning and programming of an Agriculture... More >>
2 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 2:56:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri serves 32 counties per year, but seasonal challenges may make... More >>
3 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 1:49:47 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri NAACP is issuing an advisory telling travelers to be careful while in the state... More >>
4 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 1:36:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Sometimes we feel like we just need some assistance to gain our competitive edge, right? We are training... More >>
4 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 12:55:00 PM CDT in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek... More >>
8 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 9:26:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Confederate monument will be removed by Friday from a St. Louis park under a deal... More >>
8 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 9:16:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Roughly 200 law enforcers including the FBI have searched the county jail in Kansas City,... More >>
9 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 8:35:28 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Westlake Ace Hardwares throughout Missouri are collecting donations from customers to purchase fans. Those fans then go... More >>
10 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 7:21:00 AM CDT in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Before the Supreme Court justices begin their long summer break, they're poised to act on the Trump... More >>
12 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 4:45:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The congregation at the First Church of God in Jefferson City was treated to a unique experience... More >>
1 day ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 4:59:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The number of Missouri House races lacking major-party opposition has been on the rise. ... More >>
1 day ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 4:47:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A domestic dispute ended with gunshots Saturday night after the Jefferson City Police responded to a weapons... More >>
1 day ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 1:53:00 PM CDT in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — Missouri Western State University is closing the oldest residence hall on campus. The St. Joseph... More >>
1 day ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:48:00 PM CDT in News
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A northwestern Missouri boy with a rare genetic disorder has fulfilled his dream of being... More >>
1 day ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:40:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 63°
6pm 75°
7pm 74°
8pm 69°
9pm 66°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
6:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 6
6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
5:30p
American Dad!
6:00p
Family Guy
6:30p
Family Guy

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld