Possible pipeline shutdown could affect trucking industry

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The owner of Enterprise Products has filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to end the distribution of diesel used by the trucking industry and commercial jet fuel.

The Murphy Oil Depot located on highway 63 near Bono taps into the Enterprise pipeline. Trucks come and go distributing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel around Region Eight.

However, Enterprise filed paperwork in March with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission stating they would no longer ship diesel and jet fuel through Arkansas after July 1st.

Many of the companies anticipate they'll be driving to Memphis, which is the next closest point, if they can't ship it here. That will mean longer drives and longer turn-around times for fuel trucks. As far has higher diesel prices, it's too soon to tell.

The pipeline runs from south Texas to the Midwest and right through El Dorado, Little Rock, and Region Eight.

The Little Rock airport and Air Force base in Jacksonville will also have to find another source for jet fuel.

Several groups have already protested. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed an injunction to the F-E-R-C to reject or delay Enterprise's plan. In the report he suggests the state would be adversely affected by higher prices, if the pipeline stopped shipping diesel and jet fuel.

If the injunction is NOT rejected, the delay to closing the pipeline would allow more time to investigate the impact it would have across the state.

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