Arkansas officials on Wednesday celebrated the opening of a new pipeline that will transport gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel into the state, increasing energy in the state and helping with economic development.
The $200 million, 210-mile Magellan Midstream Partners pipeline system runs from Fort Smith to Little Rock, Arkansas and has a capacity of 75,000 barrels a day. It is connected to refineries in Oklahoma, Kansas, and the Gulf Coast.
According to Magellan’s President and CEO Michael Mears, the pipeline system has several safety features to prevent spills, such as the use of devices and real-time monitoring to watch for any corrosion, leaks, or other defects.
"Obviously, safety is of paramount importance to the pipeline industry," Mears said at the opening event of the pipeline. "The new construction on this pipeline met all the standards obviously, but we take it to the next level."