Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wet spring slows TransCanada Keystone construction in South Dakota

ABERDEEN, S.D. - The resumption of work on the TransCanada oil pipeline in northeast South Dakota has been delayed because of an exceptionally wet spring.
The prime contractor says many fields are too wet and some roads have load limits so it's impossible to get heavy equipment to rural sites.
The pipeline will carry crude oil from Canada through 10 counties in eastern South Dakota and on to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma.
Some pipeline such as at stream crossings was buried in the northeast part of the state last year before crews quit for winter.
TransCanada spokesman Jeff Rauh says in spite of the delay this spring, the line should be operational by late this year.

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