Gov. Nixon, Highway Patrol Tour Pumping Station at Pipeline Site

6 years 4 months 1 week ago Tuesday, March 25 2014 Mar 25, 2014 Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:06:00 PM CDT March 25, 2014 in News
By: Tatiana Darie, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

SALISBURY - Governor Jay Nixon and representatives from the Missouri State Highway Patrol toured a new pump station Tuesday at the site of the new Flanagan South oil pipeline.

While on the tour, the governor visited the new facility and received a briefing on the progress of the project. Canadian energy transportation company Enbridge is constructing the 600-mile oil pipeline from Pontiac, Illinois to Cushing, Oklahoma, crossing 11 counties in Missouri. Jerrid Anderson, the Enbridge project director of the Flanagan South pipeline, said the project overall is approximately 95 percent complete.

After the tour, Nixon greeted the construction team, talked to the workers and took pictures.

"I am proud of these workers. They helped build the state pipeline right across Missouri, help make us more energy independent and help these rural economies," Nixon said.

The project provided an estimated 1800 jobs in Missouri during peak construction and is expected to generate an additional $8 to $9 million annually in state and local tax revenue. Governor Nixon said the project will help Missouri and North America to become more energy independent.

"To get these oil sands down to America, down to our ports so that they can be refined there, help give us energy from a partner like Canada that has been a friend for years, much better than the Middle East when it comes to oil," said Nixon.

But not everyone welcomes the initiative. Some environmental groups oppose the pipeline construction due to the damages construction and the oil inside the pipeline could pose. Heather Navarro, executive director of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, said a potential oil spill could take years to clean up, refering to an 2010 Enbridge oil spill in Michigan which dumped more than one million gallons of crude oil into the Talmadge Creek near the Kalamazoo River. Navarro said the oil the pipeline contains is not ordinary crude oil. It contains an ingredient called "bitumen" which could seriously harm the environment, she added.

But Nixon said he reviewed the safety procedures and challenges at the new site and he is confident workers and the state will be able to deal with the challenges.

"We had out environmental folks down here years ago to make sure these lines are going to be safe and if something does happen that we are in a situation to minimize it, I think that our state of emergency respond in a strong, permanent, really stand out as a model what can help guarantee the safety," said Nixon.

Nixon recently got back from a trade mission in Canada where Missouri signed a first-ever trade agreement with the province of Ontario. Nixon said he hopes the success of the Flanagan South pipeline project will bring more investment and job opportunities to Missouri.

The project is expected to be finished this summer.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - As summer school ends in the capital city, United Way of Central Missouri starts its Food 4... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 5:24:00 PM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on numerous mental health challenges like depression from isolation and anxiety of the... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 4:05:00 PM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A baby elephant died several weeks after it was born at the St. Louis Zoo. ... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 3:37:55 PM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - On Sunday, Battle High School students finally got to walk across the stage. The graduations were... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 2:54:00 PM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Missourians will vote on August 4 on whether or not to pass Amendment 2. If passed, the amendment... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 2:50:00 PM CDT August 02, 2020 in Target 8
COLUMBIA - Primary election day is this Tuesday, August 4, and Boone County Government will be open for business as... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 2:32:00 PM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A trial is set to start for a man charged in the 2017 killing of a transgender... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 12:03:00 PM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
CNN -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that Pr esident Donald Trump "will take action in the coming... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 11:46:13 AM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first astronauts to ride a SpaceX capsule into orbit are headed toward a splashdown... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 11:08:00 AM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police are investigating shots fired in the 5300 block of Godas Circle around 1 a.m. Sunday. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 9:48:00 AM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
NEW FLORENCE -- A train went off the tracks in New Florence this morning. According to a Facebook post... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 9:16:00 AM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
MEXICO – Trish Harris of Mexico, Mo. says she reminds her 2-year-old everyday who his father is. His father,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 8:54:00 PM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Two schools, two graduations. Graduates had the opportunity to finally celebrate four years worth of hard work Saturday.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 7:56:00 PM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A former assistant state attorney general and a former federal prosecutor are vying in Tuesday's Democratic... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 12:57:00 PM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
WARRENSBURG - One woman is dead and two people are injured after a shooting in Warrensburg Saturday morning. ... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 12:00:00 PM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
QUINCY, Ill. - One suspect in a deadly Audrain County home invasion was arrested Friday night. Quincy Police said... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 10:58:00 AM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 9:13:00 AM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - 58-year-old Columbia resident Clayton Jacobs has been reported missing after he was last seen by his neighbors on... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 12:15:00 AM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
2pm 74°
3pm 75°
4pm 76°
5pm 74°