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Oil starting to flow through Enbridge pipeline

BLOOMINGTON — Construction on the Enbridge pipeline is complete with delivery of oil expected to begin before the new year.

“Our original plan was to get it in service before the end of the year and it looks like we are going to make it,” said Jennifer Smith, manager of stakeholder relations.

The 167-mile pipeline, known as the Southern Access Extension, will transport crude oil from Enbridge’s Flanagan terminal near Pontiac to a petroleum terminal hub near Patoka in Marion County.

The $900 million pipeline crosses eight area counties, including Livingston, McLean, DeWitt, Macon, Christian, Shelby, Fayette and Marion.

Officials are currently working to fill the 24-inch diameter line with oil, a process that takes several days to complete, said Smith. The pipeline will have the capacity to transport 300,000 barrels per day.

“Once the line fill is complete, the pipeline will be placed into service and oil will begin being delivered to customers,” she said. “We expect that to occur this month.”

Crews are continuing to work on the restoration of property disrupted by the pipeline construction.

“Much of that work has been stopped due to the weather,” she said. “We’ve begun replacing top soil and the rest will be completed in the spring.”

Enbridge compensated landowners for damage and loss of crops along the right-of-way for this year. They will also be compensated for a potential decline of yields in future years.

In related news, Enbridge cuts 5 percent of workforce in Canada and U.S.

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