Enbridge open house to outline project

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

An open house will be held in Pawhuska next week to update Osage County-area citizens on plans for the Flanagan South Pipeline Project.

The pre-construction meeting is scheduled from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Pawhuska Business Center, 1225 Virginia St. It will be hosted by Enbridge Energy, the company that has proposed building of the 600-mile pipeline for transporting bitumen (tar) sands heavy crude oil between Illinois and Oklahoma.

Spokespersons for the company said the open house will be conducted in “an informal, come-and-go style format where the public may attend at any point” during the scheduled 2 1/2-hour. They encouraged members of the community to attend and “learn more about construction, view maps and displays, obtain information, and meet with Enbridge representatives and contractors.”

Landowners, elected officials and all other interested stakeholders are welcome to participate in the open house, Enbridge officials said.

The Calgary, Canada-based company plans on expanding its existing crude oil transportation system by constructing a 36-inch diameter petroleum pipeline that is to begin in Pontiac, Ill. and terminate in Cushing. A major part of the pipeline is to be built adjacent to the existing Spearhead crude oil pipeline right-of-way.

Enbridge also proposes installing seven pump stations including one at the Flanagan, Ill., terminal and six along the pipeline route. Initial capacity will be 600,000 barrels per day (bpd).

A similar open house meeting is planned for Monday evening at the Central Tech Pipeline & Safety Center in Drumright.

The proposed Flanagan South Pipeline Project will provide additional capacity needed to bring increased North American crude oil production to refinery hubs in the U.S. Gulf Coast, according to Enbridge. It also will provide a long-term, stable and reliable source of energy for the U.S, enhancing the nation’s energy security, the company said.