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Dakota Access Pipeline Expansion to Be Announced Soon

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BISMARCK, ND — August 16, 2018

Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren met with U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and other energy industry leaders this week in Bismarck.

Energy Transfer Partners is the natural gas company that developed the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the company is hoping to soon announce an expansion of the project, Warren said after the meeting. ETP CEO Warren didn't mention a timeline, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

Dakota Access Pipeline transports an average of 500,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois.

According to ETP spokeswoman Vicki Granado, the 30-inch-diameter pipeline initially carried a minimum of 320,000 barrels per day and the potential expansion would increase the pipeline up to 570,000 barrels per day.

Director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, Justin Kringstad, said that conditions of Dakota Access' permit through the North Dakota Public Service Commission would allow the pipeline to ship up to 600,000 barrels per day in North Dakota. Companies can expand a pipeline's capacity by adding more pumping horsepower or using drag-reducing agents that allow the flow of more oil.

In North Dakota, the project consists of 143 miles of oil gathering pipelines and 200 miles of larger transmission pipeline, according to Granado.

The pipeline starts in the Stanley area and runs west before wrapping around Williston and crossing the Missouri River east of the confluence with the Yellowstone River. From there, the pipeline snakes southeast through the Watford City area and south of Bismarck, crossing the Missouri River again just north of Cannon Ball, according to company maps posted online. The pipeline continues its diagonal route through South Dakota, passing near Redfield and Sioux Falls, and bisect Iowa before reaching its final destination in Patoka, Ill.

The pipeline was part of months-long protests also known by the hashtag #NODAPL because it crosses Lake Oahe north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. To cross the lake, Dakota Access required an easement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is still studying the pipeline's environmental impacts more than a year after the pipeline began operating, AP reports.

Adam Mason, state policy organizing director for Iowa Citizens for Community Involvement, said the group’s 3,000 members have concerns about the pipeline’s impact on property rights and farmland and the potential use of eminent domain to acquire right-of-way for the project.

“(Bakken oil) already is moving through the state by rail in some places,” Mason said. “But putting a pipeline through the state, through the heart of farming country in northwest Iowa, crossing multiple waterways which provide drinking water to millions of Iowans, is a huge concern.”

The Dakota Access Pipeline ("Dakota Access") and the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline ("ETCO"), collectively the "Bakken Pipeline" went into service on June 1, 2017. Dakota Access consists of approximately 1,172 miles of 30-inch diameter pipeline traversing North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. Crude oil transported on Dakota Access originates at six terminal locations in the North Dakota counties of Mountrail, Williams and McKenzie. The pipeline delivers the crude oil to a hub outside of Patoka, Illinois where it can be delivered to the ETCO pipeline for delivery to the Gulf Coast, or can be transported via other pipelines to refining markets throughout the Midwest.

ETCO consists of more than 700 miles of mostly 30-inch converted natural gas pipeline from Patoka, Illinois to Nederland, Texas, where the crude oil can be refined or further transported to additional refining markets, ETP website says.

Author: USA Really