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Flooding causes oil pipeline, terminal disruptions

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ROXANA, IL (AP) – Record flooding is causing oil pipeline and terminal disruptions near St. Louis.

The rising Mississippi River has prompted Enbridge Inc. to shut down its Ozark oil pipeline, which transports oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to the Wood River Refinery in Roxana, Illinois. Company spokesman Michael Barnes says the pipeline runs along the bottom of the river in an area stretching from West Alton, Missouri, to Hartford, Illinois. Barnes says the shutdown “ensures the safety of everyone.”

Meanwhile, Kinder Morgan Inc. suspended operations at its Cahokia terminal in Sauget, Illinois, and its Cora terminal in Rockwood, Illinois, earlier this week because of flooding. Cahokia handles chemicals, coal, cement and metals while Cora handles coal and petcoke, a byproduct of oil refining.

Spokesman Richard Wheatley says the company hopes to resume operations as soon as possible once water levels recede.