McLean Co. Rejects Enbridge Proposal

Published 05/06 2014 09:44PM

Updated 05/07 2014 02:59PM

BLOOMINGTON - For more than a decade, builders have eyed Central Illinois for an oil pipeline. On Tuesday morning, the McLean County Transportation Committee voted against a road use agreement for the county.

Barbara Heyl doesn't want to see miles of farm land become part of the Enbridge Pipeline.

"It was pretty clear to me that the pipeline is not going to improve our quality of life in McLean County,” said Heyl.

Under the proposal, the pipeline could run through eight Illinois counties, including McLean, but Heyl says that wouldn't help the county at all.

"We hope it's not going to spill out anywhere on its way to the gulf and then on its way to the overseas market, we're not going to see any benefit from that,” said Heyl.

Victoria Harris says she doesn't want to see semi trucks carrying pipes in her community.

"So, I don't like that visually. I don't like that for the community, and the biggest problem is the ecological disruption that may ensue."

Tuesday morning, Harris was one of three McLean County Finance Committee members to say no to Enbridge's desire to take over land in McLean County.

She hopes that move will make Enbridge more accountable to the county.

"Apparently it will delay them a little bit. They want to go ahead. I think they want to start in August,” said Harris.

But the board will continue to look for ways to protect the county.

"I would like to have a community meeting, so that the community is involved and has some input just for the record, if nothing else,” said Harris.

We reached out to Enbridge media officials on McLean County’s rejection, but did not receive a call back.

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