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Dakota Access Pipeline approved in North Dakota

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North Dakota regulators have approved a proposal to build the largest capacity pipeline to date. The 1130 mile long pipeline will transport approximately 600 000 barrels of crude oil from the Bakken oilfields through 50 counties across four states.

On Tuesday, the North Dakota Public Service Commission approved permits for the pipeline, which would transport crude oil through the Dakotas, Illinois, and Iowa.

The project is expected to cost US$3.8 billion, with the North Dakota leg alone costing US$1.4 billion.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners claims to have easement agreements on 85% of the land the pipeline crosses.

The pipeline's capacity is about half of North Dakota's current production. The North Dakota portion is the longest leg of the pipeline. The company says regulators in South Dakota and Illinois already have approved permits for the project.

The Iowa Utilities Board announced it has scheduled four days of public meetings in February for deliberations about an Iowa permit.

The pipeline is to be built by Dakota Access LLC, a partner of Energy Transfer Partners.

Tentative plans are to begin pipeline construction in the spring and have the line in service by late this year.

Edited from various sources by Elizabeth Corner

Sources: RTDes Moines RegisterBismarck Tribune

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