Operations Underway On Oil Pipeline Through Illinois

Pipe for Flanagan South Pipeline extends near Salisbury, Missouri in July 2013.

Pipe for Flanagan South Pipeline extends above ground at the Enbridge Key Terminal near Salisbury, Mo., Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The Keystone XL is a controversial pipeline that would bring oil from the Alberta Tar Sands to US refineries. But plans for a similar pipeline that runs through Illinois are quietly moving ahead.

It was expected to start full operations this week.  So how did the Flanagan South pipeline largely escape scrutiny and what does it mean for our region?

For member station WBEZ's Front and Center, Shannon Heffernan reports.

Front and Center is funded by the Joyce Foundation, Improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country.

Story source: Illinois Public Radio