Flanagan South

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

A 600-mile oil pipeline is nearing completion in Illinois. When it's done, the Flanagan South project from Canada-based Enbridge is expected to carry 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It crosses several states, starting near Pontiac, Illinois to a hub in Cushing, Oklahoma. Construction began in August of 2013. Enbridge spokeswoman Katie Lange says the pipeline should be in service by the summer. "In the Illinois area though, we already have much of it completed as far as clearing the...

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

We wrap-up our series on "Flowing Fuels" with a look at who is responsible for inspecting pipelines in Illinois. In August, a fuel pipeline in Erie, Ill., exploded under a cornfield , sending flames hundreds of feet into the air. Dozens of people were evacuated. The pipeline was carrying a mix of ethane and propane. The blast is still under investigation and raises questions about who monitors pipelines that flow just beneath the surface. The short answer: it depends. The Illinois Commerce...