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A public hearing for residents in the path of the Enbridge Energy Co.’s crude oil petroleum pipeline will take place at the Pawhuska Business Strategy Center today, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The pipeline, called the Flanagan South Pipeline, will run through northeastern Oklahoma and end in Cushing, Okla. The pipeline runs nearly adjacent to its existing 22- to 24-inch Spearhead Pipeline between the Flanagan, Ill., terminal, southwest of Chicago, to Enbridge’s Cushing terminal.

The 36-inch, 600-mile Flanagan South will run Canadian oil sands and northern U.S. crude. Together, the Flanagan South and Spearhead Pipeline will run 775,000 barrels a day of North American crude oil. Enbridge officials will be at the hearing to discuss the details of the project.

According to a Tulsa World article, U.S. Pipeline and Westwood Survey were awarded the construction contract that includes Oklahoma and Kansas. Enbridge spokeswoman Katie Lange said that the unions will hire about 40 to 50 percent of the workforce locally. At peak, there could be anywhere from 400 to 700 total workers. Lange said about 70 to 80 workers will come from the Osage Nation but more will be hired later as work continues. She noted that the Osage Nation trained 480 people and they will be in positions to apply for jobs.

The company has completed federal, state, county and local permitting for roads and water-body crossings, including the Arkansas River. They received a certificate of good standing from the Illinois Commerce Commission in February. In August, they received a nationwide permit from the four core district regions, according to the Tulsa World.

Enbridge is based in Canada and operates one of the longest crude oil and liquids transportation system in the world and is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company, according to its website.