This article originally ran in St. Louis Public Radio on November 7, 2023.
The Kaskaskia Regional Port District will conduct a $350,000 study at the start of next year to determine if building a fuel pipeline from the Kaskaskia River near Fayetteville to Scott Air Force Base is feasible.
Located about 15 miles southeast of Belleville, the Fayetteville terminal would receive the fuel from barges and then ship it roughly 16 miles north to the base.
Overall, the study would determine if the project is feasible and how much it would cost, including environmental issues, said Ed Weilbacher, general manager of the port district.
“We want to make sure it’s environmentally safe,” Weilbacher said. “Then, we want to make sure it’s cost-effective.”Read More