Oil pipeline work to resume on Friday

The pieces are in place and construction will resume this week on the Keystone crude oil pipeline. Keystone spokesman Jeff Rauh says crews are ready to get to work in Nebraska and several other states.

Construction will start on Friday with survey work and the location of utilities, while dirt-moving may not begin until next week. The five-billion-dollar pipeline will carry Canadian crude oil through the eastern Dakotas and Nebraska to refineries in Kansas and Illinois.

Rauh says construction will take place in phases. The process will start with pipe moving onto the right-of-way in late May with the welding work starting in late June. Five teams are working on the pipeline, two in South Dakota, and one each in Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas. Each will be working on about 140 miles of pipeline.

The Keystone pipeline will transport about 450,000 barrels of oil daily when it goes into service late this year or early next year, before ramping up to full capacity.

Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton