Flowing Fuels

Part Two
6:24 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Flowing Fuels: Monitoring Illinois Pipelines

Construction of Flanagan South Pipeline in Livingston County, Illinois
Credit 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.

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