On the Road Again: Missouri Rivers and Waterways

This morning we met with Adrian City Councilman Danny Ferguson who discussed the impact of the pipeline on the Grand River. Water for the city of Adrian is pumped from the Grand River and a rupture in the Flanagan South nearby would pollute the water. Danny took our crew down to the banks of the Grand to see first-hand its beauty and importance. After talking with Danny, we got to explorer the river and its surrounding forest and shale banks.

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Hazel, our producer, captured underwater shots and time-lapses using the Go-Pro, a small “extreme action” camera. You can see the gallery of Go-Pro photos here.

Grand River

Our last stop was the Missouri River. The crossing of the pipeline is much further North than our travels, but the entirety of the Missouri River could be affected by a rupture. Spending time near Cooper’s Landing, we captured images and time-lapses of the river to show its ecological, aesthetic, and recreational benefits.

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On the Road Again: Adrian, MO in Bates County

After some rest this morning, we set out for Adrian, a town in Bates County. The town’s water supply is crossed by the pipeline, and a safety spill containment plan was proposed by Enbridge to community before construction on the pipeline began. We met with Adrian Mayor Larry Ritter at City Hall to talk about some of the economic and environmental impacts the town might face as construction is completed in the area. 

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On the Road Again: Saline County

Today we spent a lovely afternoon with Jack Harvey, a farmer in Malta Bend, MO, who showed us around his property and pointed out the Flanagan South pipeline crossings. The pipeline passes underneath the Salt Fork River on his property and goes through wetland areas that host migratory waterfowl. Like Neal, Jack grows soybeans and corn and hopes to be able to use the land cleared for the pipeline as soon as possible. Restoration crews from Enbridge have not yet made it back to Saline county to fully restore properties, and large mounds of dirt and debris are still scattered across Jack’s land. Visible from his living room window, Jack is mostly concerned about the pipeline’s benefit to landowners and has helped lead Saline county’s coalition of landowners to review contracts and easements proposed by Enbridge. Neal helped lead Lafayette counties coalitions and in the year leading up to construction (in 2012), Neal and Jack worked together to collaborate the two counties’ landowners for strength and support. Like Neal, the land Jack now farms has been passed down in his family through a trust. “I have a loyalty to this land,” Jack says of his land and his brother’s just farm down the road.

Jack Harvey with Cattle

On the Road Again: Lafayette County

We set out today for our journey across the Western part of Missouri to capture the impact of the pipeline on farmland in Lafayette, Saline, Cass, and Bates counties. Our route today took us through parts of Lafayette County to visit Neal Bredehoeft’s farm. Neal’s family has been farming the land since 1907, growing soybeans and corn. The Flanagan South pipeline crosses his farm, and restoration crews from Enbridge are just about finished. The pipeline construction sliced through parts of his crop and left a 130ft wide track of cleared land that will soon be seeded for the season’s harvest come this April.

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Producer Hazel and Cinematographer Max walk up a hill with the track of land cleared for the pipeline behind them.

Thank you, Sloupers!

We are excited and grateful to announce that we are this month’s Sloup WINNER! We can’t believe it and are incredibly thankful for the creative and financial support! As a result, we received $620 from February’s Sloup #42 crowd-funding dinner. This comes just in time for our longest trip along the pipeline, our journey from March 11-14 in Western Missouri through Saline, Lafayette, Cass, and Bates counties. The funds will help cover travel costs – including lodging, car rental, and equipment. Thank you!

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