Energy company to hold meetings about proposed pipeline

LITCHFIELD - A Texas energy company is planning to answer questions this week about a potential 1,100-mile pipeline that would cross west-central Illinois.

Representatives from Energy Transfers Partners will meet with west-central Illinois residents this week about the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.  The first meeting will take place at Litchfield's Lincoln Land Community College campus on Wednesday and the American Legion post in Jacksonville on Thursday.

According to Energy Transfers Partners spokeswoman Vicki Granado, representatives will address concerns about the pipeline, which will stretch from the Bakken formation in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois.

A map from the company shows that the proposed pipeline would be underground through Macoupin, Montgomery, and Morgan counties, and along Scott County's eastern border.

The pipeline is expected to transport about 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day.  Energy Transfers Partners wants the pipeline to be constructed and operational by the end of 2016.
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