MASON COUNTY, Ill. -- Work on a 600-mile-long crude oil pipeline is continuing in Mason County.
The Canadian Company Enbridge is constructing and will operate the pipeline.
It will run from near Pontiac through Quincy, cross the Mississippi River and run through Missouri and Kansas to a storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma.
The company said the 36-inch pipe will eventually carry 600,000 barrels of Canadian Crude Oil a day to southern refineries.
"You're seeing a big critical shift in the oil markets, where we source our oil,” said Enbridge Spokesman Litton Power. “We're able to get more of it from North American than from abroad or South America or things like that."
State Representative Norine Hammond of McComb said the construction crews have been a boom to small businesses as the pipeline was laid through Mason County.
Current plans by Enbridge call for the pipeline to be in operation by mid-2014.