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  • Lake view: Wary of oil pipelines in the Midwest

  • The Keystone XL pipeline offers big promise of wealth for the states and jobs for the residents of the states it will cross.

    People are for or against, there are no grey areas and it's a hot topic in Washington.
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  • The Keystone XL pipeline offers big promise of wealth for the states and jobs for the residents of the states it will cross. 
    People are for or against, there are no grey areas and it's a hot topic in Washington. 
    There is another Canadian company that may not be getting as much attention but is putting in a pipeline from Flanagan, Ill. to Cushing, Okla. and crosses northern counties in Missouri. 
    The company is called Enbridge Energy.
     You might have remembered the name from 2010 when a huge tar sand oil spill happened in Michigan. 
    Some of that spill has yet to be cleaned up. 
    That spill, 840,000 gallons of diluted bitumen, went into the Kalamazoo river. 
    Some other facts you might not know are Enbridge Energy Partners were fined 2.4 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Nov. 28, 2007, for violation of the federal pipeline safety regulations. 
    Civil penalties for violations identified during inspections at facilities in Hourma, La. (2006) and Cushing, Okla. (2009) were levied. 
    On July 9, 2013 Michigan officials found water law violations in a pipeline that was to replace the one that failed in 2010. 
    According to The Harbinger, a Canadian publication, the National Energy Board found that safety rules were being violated at 117 of 125 pump stations.  This was on August 5 2013. 
    Eighty three of the pump stations were missing emergency shut-down buttons. 
    Our elected officials, Gov. Jay Nixon, Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt have all given a thumbs up.
    When the pipeline is completed, the tax commission estimates it will bring in $1 million in new property taxes with 70 percent going to local schools and to build roads and bridges.
     Another story in the weekend paper caught my eye. 
    An anti-dumping complaint was filed by eight U.S. companies harmed by shipments of steel pipe allegedly sold in the U.S. at less than fair value. 
    The pipe is known as oil country tubular goods comes from India, South Korea and several other countries.  Increased drilling apparently is the reason more of this pipe has come to the U.S.
      To be fair to  Enbridge, they have a permit called a Nationwide Permit 12, they had had eight open houses in April 2012 to discuss the pipeline and it's impacts, and were planning four this summer.
     

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