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Enbridge announces pipeline expansion in central IL

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:26:05 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

A pipeline company with a controversial project in McLean County wants to expand a different route through Livingston, Woodford, and Tazewell Counties. WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports.


Enbridge, Incorporated says it will spend nearly $3 billion to add a nearly meter diameter pipe from Flanagan, through Goodfield, on to Quincy, and then Oklahoma. Enbridge ran into opposition when it tried to claim eminent domain for a route from Flanagan south past the east side of Bloomington-Normal and to southern Illinois. The new announcement would use existing easements. Enbridge wants to pump Canadian oil sands crude to Texas where there is unused refinery capacity. That would boost profits and end a glut of crude oil in the Midwest. Enbridge is also competing with the politically controversial Keystone project by TransCanada to open up Canadian tar sands to production.

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