The Arbuckle II pipeline map from ONEOK

Construction of a natural gas pipeline that goes through the heart of Stephens County has entered the next phase of its construction, as the company has finished its work in Oklahoma and is now focused on the work in Texas.

The Arbuckle II pipeline construction has worked from north to south, beginning in the West Canadian County, and continuing down where it will end near Houston Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico.

Despite the complicated weather of the late spring and early summer, construction has continued near as scheduled. The 530-mile pipeline is projected to be complete and transporting natural gas liquids sometime in the first quarter of 2020.

Work is not yet done for OneOK yet, though, as they continue to check back over their work to ensure the area is brought back up to previous standards. This includes a lot of things, but mostly the seeding of grass over the area.

“We follow through and come back and look at our remediation efforts as well to see if the seeding takes,” said Brad Borror, manager of communications for OneOK. “Sometimes it’s an ongoing effort over the course of a year or so to really make sure that it’s cleaned up and back to as near as its original condition as possible.”

OneOK worked with a wide variety of groups in Oklahoma to get the construction of the pipeline completed.

“We appreciate all the effort that went in to helping us construct a project of this size,” Borror said. “All the county officials that worked with us on the permits, the regulatory agencies that we worked with and most importantly we would like to thank the landowners here in Oklahoma we worked with to obtain the easements to allow permission to even construct the pipeline.”

Not only does Borror think that the people in Oklahoma are to thank for the pipeline’s smooth construction, but his associate, Dusty Darr, director of government relations for OneOK, agrees.

“From our perspective, this is kind of our backyard,” Darr said. “I’m really delighted we had a great opportunity to work with people in various communities.”

The pipeline will provide a more efficient way to get Oklahoma product in the hands of buyers, as well as to a better storage facility in a better location. According to Darr, pipelines like this are the safest, fastest and most efficient way of transporting natural gas liquids.