Oil pipeline route could include West Central Illinois

By Jim McCabe on August 1 at 7:17am

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A proposed new oil pipeline could cut across Morgan and Scott Counties.

The Jacksonville Journal-Courier reports Dakota Access and Energy Transfer Crude Oil companies, based in Texas, is developing the Dakota Access Pipeline, and that landowners in Morgan and Scott Counties have already been approached for initial land surveying.

About 1,100 miles of pipeline would travel from North Dakota to Iowa and parts of Central Illinois. The 30-inch diameter pipeline would provide about 320-thousand barrels per day of capacity and connect the northern supply of crude oil to the hubs in Patoka Illinois and Nederland, Texas.

The company tells the city paper it expects the project to be completed by late 2016. A final route has not been established. Survey requests sent to property owners indicate the project would typically require a 150-foot-wide right of way during construction and a permanent 50-foot easement when completed.