Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Environment - "Feds OK first portion of pipeline"
Gabrilelle Gonzalez reports in the LaPorte Herald Argus in a story that begins:
La PORTE — Enbridge Energy received federal approval to have a portion of its crude oil pipeline’s first segment installed in the La Porte area.
Public Affairs Adviser of Enbridge Energy Jennifer Smith said the company received approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office based out of Detroit to start working on part of the first pipeline segment.
“We are very pleased to receive approval,” Smith said.
Smith said this portion begins in Michigan, runs along the border of Michigan and Indiana through St. Joseph County in Indiana and travels west to La Porte County, just north of the city of La Porte. Smith refers to this section as the beginning of “segment 2a.”
The second part of segment 2a is from just north of La Porte, and travels west toward Griffith. The second part still needs approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office based out of Chicago. Smith said she does not know when or if Enbridge will receive approval for the second part of 2a.
Segment 2a runs about 60 miles through Indiana. The new pipe will have a 36-inch diameter rather than 30, and allow the company to ship up to 800,000 barrels of petroleum a day, although it only plans to use an initial capacity of 500,000. The current pipe has a 280,000 barrel capacity.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 3, 2013 12:14 PM
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