New Pipeline Coming to Missouri
by Dick Aldrich
A Canadian oil pipeline company is coming to Missouri, but it’s not the much-discussed Keystone XL project.
Monday night, Enbridge, Inc. of Calgary, Canada announced it was partnering with Houston, Tx. based Enterprise Products LP to lay a pipeline to carry oil across Missouri, in a path running roughly diagonally from Hannibal to to south of Kansas City.
The pipeline is part of a larger network of delivery systems that runs from Alberta to Houston. The company does not face the kind of political and regulatory pressure as does the Keystone project because Enbridge already has pipelines that cross the U.S. – Canada border.
In a written statement issued by his office Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon welcomed the project to the state.
“As Governor, I am extremely pleased that Enbridge has officially decided to construct this pipeline across 11 Missouri counties stretching along existing pipeline from the Hannibal area in the east all the way to Bates County in the west, and my administration stands ready to work with the company to ensure that construction moves forward as safely and efficiently as possible,” said Nixon. “This major investment by Enbridge is another important step forward for Missouri’s economy.”
Enbridge will invest about $2.8 billion in this leg of its system. Nixon announced the project to a cheering crowd of more than a thousand union workers on the State Capitol’s front lawn Tuesday afternoon.