This isn’t Keystone XL, the tar sands pipeline you’re probably thinking of. Canada’s Enbridge Energy is after an exepdited permit for it’s 600-mile Flanagan South pipeline, which would carry crude from Illinois to Cushing, Okla.
Enbridge is seeking regulatory approval under the Nationwide 12 permit process, which would mean the company wouldn’t be obligated to follow more rigorous Clean Water Act requirements such as public notification or lengthy environmental reviews. Those permits are limited to utility projects in which each water crossing disrupts no more than one-half acre of wetlands. The Flanagan South pipeline would cross the Missouri and Mississippi rivers as well as hundreds of smaller tributaries.
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