Pipeline Dreams: Oil Pipelines To Run Through East Texas

A pipeline carrying crude oil could soon run from Canada, all the way through east Texas.

It's called the Keystone Pipeline Project, and Trans-Canada and Conoco-Phillips are building it.

The 36-inch pipeline would run from our northern counties like Delta, all the way down through Nacogdoches county, eventually delivering nearly 100-thousand barrels of oil a day to Gulf Coast refineries.

KLTV 7 News' Courtney Lane shows us how this pipeline may help boost our economy.

The extensive underground pipeline project would dip into a large resource of crude oil in Alberta, Canada.

"There are huge deposits. There's about 175 billion barrels of reserves in Alberta. Not many people realize that. Canada is actually the largest exporter of oil into the States."

The project manager, Glenn Johnston, is meeting with east Texas property owners like Boyd Blair, of Winnsboro.

The underground pipeline would run near Blair's home, so he has some concerns.

"If they're going to pay us to use the property they [need to tell us what land they're] going to use and what the purchase price is going to be."

Johnston assures all east Texas property owners will be paid for the land used.

Plus, he says once building gets underway the project would create more construction jobs, and, once operating, pump tax revenue into our counties.

The goal of the project is to rely less on overseas suppliers and also find safer places to import from.

"The producers and refiners are looking for a secure supply of oil to offset some of the imports they're getting from say, Nigeria, Venezuela."

The pipeline would cut all the way down east Texas, near towns like Sulphur Springs and Winnsboro, and run between Hawkins and Big Sandy, New Summerfield, Arp and down into Nacogdoches county.

"By the end of 2011, we're hopefully going to be shipping 700,000 barrels a day down to the Gulf Coast."

"They've promised to put the land back in as good or better condition than it was," said Blair Wednesday.

Johnston says he's getting positive feedback from east Texans, and that it's a win-win for everyone.

Johnston also says the project is still in the early stages, and the route could change slightly.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com