Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Enbridge Reports Progress on Pipeline Route in Oklahoma

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Enbridge Reports Progress on Pipeline Route in Oklahoma

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About 50 miles of the Flanagan South Pipeline project crosses Osage County, and Enbridge Energy Co. Inc. is in the process of completing much of that route, a spokeswoman said.

The company is building a 36-inch-diameter, 600-mile pipeline across four states. The $2.6 billion pipeline will initially deliver 600,000 barrels per day of heavy crude oil to Cushing from Flanagan, Ill., the site of a terminal facility southwest of Chicago.

The project, which is being constructed mostly along the route of Enbridge's Spearhead Pipeline, crosses the Kansas-Oklahoma state line in Washington County on a diagonal path.

"Enbridge is completing those areas that are available to us, and that work will be completed by the end of April or early May," said Lara Burhenn, Enbridge community relations adviser in the Mid- Continent region.

About 20 percent of the construction in Osage County is waiting on final approval from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, which oversees Indian trust land. Other tracts are locked, surrounded by land controlled by the BIA.

"Their process is governed by federal laws and can be lengthy," Burhenn said. "While our work on BIA tracts is currently not allowing us to work those spots, we continue to complete work on the rest of the mainline and pump stations so we can be in service in mid-2014."

Work is progressing in different areas, so Enbridge does not have a specific date that it expects to reach Cushing. …

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