Oil pipeline ready to dig into Nebraska

Construction crews from the Keystone crude oil pipeline have cleared much of the route in southern South Dakota and are ready to push into northern Nebraska. Trans Canada spokesman Jeff Rauh says they’re making good progress and they’re generally working from north to south.

During the pipeline preparation, crews have encountered several sites with historic material. Rauh says they’ve brought in archeologists along the route to document everything they’ve found. In most cases, they try to identify those things well in advance to make sure all items have been appropriately accounted for. Rauh says they don’t make public what they have found to avoid people attempting to access those areas.

The nearly five-billion dollar pipeline will pump Canadian crude to refineries in Kansas and Illinois. It’s due to be in operation by early next year.

Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton