Pipeline Rerouted Around Nature Center

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ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ An oil pipeline has been rerouted in Kansas so that it will avoid the Chaplin Nature Center in Cowley County.

The new route for the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline was shown to Shawn Silliman, the center's naturalist, at a meeting Tuesday.

The original route had the pipeline, which will run from western Canada to Oklahoma, aligned with the nature preserve.

Silliman said the new route he was shown would cause no disturbance at all to the 220-acre nature preserve.

Officials of the pipeline project said they were unaware of the nature center when the original route was proposed.

If it receives federal approval, the TransCanada Keystone pipeline will extend from western Canada to Oklahoma.