November 2011, Vol. 238 No. 11


Explorer Pipeline Marks 40th Anniverary

One of America’s energy pioneers celebrates its 40th anniversary this fall. Explorer Pipeline, which stretches from Lake Charles, LA to just outside of Chicago, shipped its first product on Oct. 25, 1971. Tulsa, OK-based Explorer, either directly or through its connections with other pipelines, serves more than 70 population centers in 16 states from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest. Today, the pipeline extends 1,900 miles and handles up to 677,000 bpd of refined products, i.e., gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel. Explorer has historically supplied 10% of the demand for refined products in the Midwest. Explorer Pipeline was formed by eight oil companies seeking a safe, ef

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