Enbridge considers facilities [The Daily Star-Journal, Warrensburg, Mo.]By Sue Sterling, The Daily Star-Journal, Warrensburg, Mo.McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
July 20--WARRENSBURG -- Facilitator Tammy Long issued "two good and two bad" reports to Enbridge task force members Thursday.
Chamber Executive Director Long presented an update on efforts to get a Johnson County staging area for the project.
Long said an Enbridge leadership team could not find a suitable warehouse location in Warrensburg. She said Enbridge spokesman Kevin O'Conner reported a Carrollton facility may fit their needs.
Johnson County apparently also lost out on a pipe yard location, Long said.
O'Conner reported roads are too narrow for transporting 80-foot-long sections of pipe.
"They're looking at Garden City and Concordia," she said.
Enbridge rented space in Warrensburg to store office equipment, she said, and will move in items as the company closes out other projects.
Long said O'Conner indicated Enbridge will encourage the contractor -- when bids are awarded later this year or early next year -- to "make Warrensburg home" while crews work on 100 miles of area pipeline.
But Long said that decision will be "up to the contractor."
Long said Mayor Don Butterfield will make a presentation to the contractor after bids are awarded. She said the group continues to gather information for the presentation.
The owner of Four Seasons Village has 70 spots to rent to Enbridge for travel trailers for crews working on the pipeline, Long said. The owner "has worked on a pipeline and knows what they need," she said.
Enbridge has indicated a plan to work on area pipeline construction for about eight months, Long said.
She asks anyone who has contact with the company to call the chamber or City Hall "so we can make a coordinated package" for the presentation.
Enbridge plans to install a 36-inch pipeline to carry crude oil from Flanagan, Ill., to Cushing, Okla., adjacent to an existing pipeline. The Flanagan South Pipeline will carry 600 barrels of oil per day.
Construction is set to begin in mid-2013, with the pipeline being put into service in mid-2014.
The new pipeline is expected to generate about $1.3 million in additional revenues for taxing entities in Johnson County.
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