Midwest Flooding Shuts Down Energy Pipelines

Dec 31, 2015

An oil pipeline in Guernsey, Wyoming.
Credit Stephanie Joyce

Companies are shutting down pipelines in the Midwest in response to record flooding.

There are dozens of oil and gas pipelines running under the Mississippi River. Several companies have proactively shut down those lines, in order to avoid accidents.

Spectra Energy has shut down its Platte pipeline, which runs from Guernsey, Wyoming to Wood River Illinois.
"Obviously there will be some delays in deliveries," said Spectra spokesman Devon Hotzel. "But any December volumes that were affected by the shutdown will be delivered in January."

So far, there’s been no damage to the line. The oil is being stored in tanks in Guernsey.

At the Cushing pipeline hub in Oklahoma, other pipeline shutdowns could push storage volumes to a new record. Oil prices have fallen in recent weeks as stockpiles have grown