Oil pipeline secures permissions from landowners in Dakotas

Farm Forum

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The company proposing the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois says it has secured all of the permissions from landowners it needs in the Dakotas.

The 1,130-mile oil pipeline planned by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners would pass through the Dakotas and Iowa on its way to Illinois. Regulators in all states have approved the project, but it still needs approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers because it would cross public waterways including the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

Dakota Access LLC, a unit of Energy Transfer Partners, announced recently that 100 percent of the landowners along the pipeline route in North Dakota and South Dakota have signed voluntary easements, or permissions to cross their land, without a legal fight, the Argus Leader newspaper reported. In Iowa, the figure is 87 percent, and in Illinois it’s 98 percent.

The progress was lauded by the Midwest Alliance For Infrastructure Now, a group of trade unions, businesses and agriculture groups formed to back oil projects. It was disappointing for pipeline opponents, including South Dakota landowner Peggy Hoogestraat.

“Financially, I couldn’t afford to fight the big pipeline company,” she said.

The pipeline would carry nearly half a million barrels of crude from western North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields each day.