NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A massive oil pipeline project that will pass right through East Texas is underway. You'll be hearing a lot about the Keystone XL Pipeline Project over the next few years.
It originates way up in Alberta, Canada and stops at Port Arthur, Texas. In all, just over 2000 miles long. Planners spent over a year mapping the detailed route. New pipeline construction will extend from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast. Keystone XL Pipeline project will pass through western Nacogdoches and Angelina counties.
"It's a 36" pipeline that will eventually have a capacity to move 900,000 barrels of oil a day from the Canada oil sands to Texas", explained vice president of the project, Neil Myers. Property owners whose land it crosses already know about the Trans Canada and Conoco Phillips project. Planners have been dealing with surveyors for months. "And shortly we will be back to visit landowners to start and talk to them about negotiating an easement agreement," said Myers.
A 60 foot path will be cut to lay the pipe. Fifty feet of it remains permanent easement. A five acre pump station will be built between Nacogdoches and Angelina counties. Oklahoma and Texas construction begins as soon as January. Later next year for this area.
Myers explained, "A pipe spread, which might be about 100 miles long, might have 500 people working on it for 6 months to 8 months, so that has a big impact on the local economy." 8 1/2 million dollars in tax revenue will be paid in Texas. It's estimated Nacogdoches and Angelina counties will receive each about $748,000 in tax revenue. "And that helps with schools and roads and all the other interest that local towns have," said Myers.
The economic benefits are there,but a project this size knows to anticipate and prepare for opposition. Environmental concerns and unwilling property owners somewhere along the route are a given.