Bakken pipeline system in USA starts operations

Owen Stevens
June 6, 2017

Although they won't say when full capacity will be reached next year, backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) made clear this week that the vision of creating a pipeline route for Bakken sweet crude production in North Dakota to the Gulf Coast is now a reality.

The project caught worldwide attention in the latter half of 2016 due to large protests against it by American Indian and environmental activists at a spot near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and the North Dakota lake.

According to The Washington Post, the pipeline runs 1,200 miles through North Dakota to IL, where it meets the Crude Oil Pipeline and extends to the Gulf Coast.

North Dakota's Public Service Commission is looking into whether Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners removed too many trees and shrubs, and whether it improperly reported the discovery of Native American artifacts.

In March, a USA appeals court in Washington denied the tribes' request for an emergency order that would have blocked the pipeline from being used, saying the plaintiffs had not met their "heavy burden" of proof for an injunction.

Back in December 2016, it appeared that protestors had successfully halted the pipeline's construction when the U.S. Clashes with police at the protests turned violent at times, with one woman almost losing her arm after an explosion in November.

The Sioux nation first protested the pipeline during the Obama administration, arguing it ran close to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and over land they consider historically sacred. The four Sioux tribes trying to shut down the pipeline claim the incident supports their argument that the pipeline should be subject to government-ordered environmental review because it could jeopardize drinking water supplies. It is capable of carrying 570,000 barrels of oil per day and is now transporting 520,000 per day. Trump's actions cast aside efforts by former President Barack Obama to block the pipeline's construction.

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