The Norman Transcript

September 16, 2013

Pipeline project to be viewed

Associated Press
The Associated Press

PAWHUSKA — Pawhuska residents will find out more this week about a crude oil pipeline that is to run through part of northeast Oklahoma.

The Flanagan South Pipeline Project is to transport Canadian heavy crude oil from a terminal in Illinois to a storage hub at Cushing.

A public meeting is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Tri County Technology Center’s Pawhuska Business Development Center.

The proposed route of the new 36-inch pipeline extends from central Illinois through Missouri and Kansas. The line would enter Oklahoma at the extreme northwestern corner of Washington County, and then run across Osage and Pawnee counties and to Cushing in Payne County. Pumping stations would be at Pershing and near Mannford.

The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reported that major portions of the new line are being built along the existing Spearhead Pipeline. Both are owned by Enbridge Energy Co.

Once the Flanagan line is operating, the Calgary-based Enbridge will be able to move 600,000 barrels per day of the heavy crude oil to refineries on the Gulf Coast, company officials said. The 60-year-old Spearhead line provides the capability for an additional 175,000 barrels per day.

Enbridge says construction on the Oklahoma portion of the line is expected to begin by October, with completion in the middle of 2014.

The company says it is holding meetings so residents of communities along the line can see maps and displays and ask questions of the company and its contractors.

Osage County Assessor Gail Hedgcoth said the project will help the local economy and that property tax assessments connected with the pipeline will be conducted once construction is complete.

The Oklahoma and Kansas portions of the construction have been awarded to U.S. Pipeline and Westwood Survey, according to Enbridge. Local workers are expected to comprise about half of the construction workforce, with peak employment for the project is expected to include between 400 and 700 workers.