Army Grants Easement To Complete Construction Of Dakota Access Pipeline

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The US Army Corps said in a court filing it has notified Congress that it has granted the final easement needed to finish the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. The easement was needed for Energy Transfer Partners to complete work on the last pipeline portion located under Lake Oahe.

The 1,172-mile line will bring crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region to Patoka, Illinois, and from there connect to the Gulf of Mexico, where many U.S. refineries are located.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose reservation is adjacent to the line's route, has said they will fight the decision. The Army Corps had previously stated that they would undertake further environmental review of the project.  The tribe had fought the line for months, fearing contamination of their drinking water and damage to sacred sites on their land.

Their protests, along with those of climate activists, resulted in the Obama administration's decision to delay a final permit that would allow construction under the Missouri River.  President Donald Trump, days after being sworn in, issued an executive order directing the U.S. Army Corps to smooth the path to finishing the line. Tuesday's filing was made in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.

Last Friday, Bloomberg reported that the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline may start operating June 1, assuming no new obstacles prevent it, according to a person familiar with the matter. It added that Energy Transfer Partners, the developer of the pipeline, will begin filling it with oil around Feb. 15, barring complaints or legal action to stop it, said the person.

Energy Transfer had previously said the project would be in service in the first quarter, which was delayed from its original projection of the fourth quarter of 2016. Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for Energy Transfer, didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.

On Friday, Phillips 66, a stakeholder in Dakota Access, said the project is expected to be operational in the second quarter. The pipeline is more than 95 percent complete, and the timing guidance is pending issuance of the final easement needed from the Army Corps, Phillips 66 said in a statement. The oil refiner has a 25 percent stake in joint ventures to develop Dakota Access and the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline projects. The line started receiving shipments at two North Dakota terminals in January, a person familiar with the pipeline’s operations said last month.

Sunoco Logistics Partners is also a partner in the project. Marathon Petroleum Corp. and Enbridge Energy Partners announced a venture in August that would also take a minority stake in the pipeline.

The roll out is not expected to be without incidents, however, as environmentalists and nature groups have vowed to prevent the construction at all costs, suggesting that a showdown between Trump and the those who seek to halt the DAPL is imminent.

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panhead20's picture

Interesting how the pipeline crosses the Missouri river twice so as to avoid land east of Bismarck.
I guess those land owners paid more in lobbying of their federal representatives than the Native Americans.

LyLo's picture

Buffet.  Warren goddamn Buffet.

Sad: the idiots that are running the show today thinking they are setting themselves up for generations of ideological control are too old to even notice they completely lost the plot and control nothing but the media echo chambers.  Hell, the best they can hope for is that the DNC isn't forced to change it's name and completely rebrand in a few years...  You know, the Italian intellectual class in the '20s had to do something similar...  (Hell, if they can say I'm literally double Hitler for voting the wrong way, then I can imply that they are ginning up a fascist uprising.  Fuck them.)

Yog Soggoth's picture

 Blew out my flip flop, stepped on a pop top, had to cruise on back home to cool my heel. He was talking about going back to Michigan to get more money from Soros.

Steeley's picture

Geology has nothing to do with it, I'm sure.


panhead20's picture

Sorry, no geology has nothing to do with it;

“This pipeline was rerouted towards our tribal nations when other citizens of North Dakota rightfully rejected it in the interests of protecting their communities and water.

LyLo's picture

“We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental cooperation. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.”  President Cyril Scott of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Sounds like a citizen of a US state to me.

Why do we allow tribes (which often have membership requirements based on lineage which is race based discrimination if I ever saw it) to operate as sovereign nations on US soil, when we don't even allow states the sovereignty to pick their own bathroom rules?

Yog Soggoth's picture

What, are you talking about the past? You just had the greatest opportunity of your Rez existance, and you let the White Devil Soros ruin it for you with his liberal, environmental lies plus your approval and backing. You could have cut a deal for other, Larger acreage,  more fertile lands. Personally I would choose warmer, with more water like the people that travel with the seasons. Wait, you could still come to your senses! I would hurry!

Evil Peanut's picture

Ted Turner (amongst other elite) owns a shitload of land in South Dakota


ATM's picture

The pipeline crosses the river twice to be able to access all of the collection points in the NW ND oil fields that are on both sides of the river.


bankbob's picture

Canada really, really, really wants this pipeline.  The only place that can refine their Alberta Tar sludge is the Texas Gulf Coast.  Other refineries cannot handle the viscosity and the pollutants. If this pipeline is not built, the Alberta Oil industry is essentially dead.  And, with prices at this level it may be dead anyway. Canada may have to sell at a loss.

And - if things do not progress - Gulf Coast refiners will retool to handle mostly super sweet Shale Oil.  And, it will all be a moot point.



whatamaroon's picture

Bob, you ignorant slut, the Bakken is in the US and does not connect with the oil sands of Canada.

zuuma's picture

+100 for using the word slut today.

Kyddyl's picture

In fact the many US "shale" and frakking products are very light and don't refine well. They need to be mixed with the heavy Canadian oil for either to be very useful. Canada should build it's own refinery on the US border. This type of refining is something nobody wants. Besides it's lots easier to ship to China from Texas. 

Yog Soggoth's picture

What are you trying to do, give away all of the secrets of oil? What if somebody other than me told you on this investment site that the price is rigged and this is all for future consumption? Will you shut the heck up, and please, just plan your life around that factoid? If these numbskulls had an inkling, they would all buy/sell it to death. Best to let that dead dog lie.

LyLo's picture

Maroon, you putrid whore, parts of the Bakken formation are under the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and are currently being pumped.

Although, you vile cretin, you are right that it has no connection to the oil sands and that this particular pipeline is to transport US crude, and that Bob is an ignorant slut.

whatamaroon's picture

And fuck you two Laylo :), and fuck Warren Buffet and his unsafe railroads that carry his lucre inneficientaly.

Yog Soggoth's picture

It is point A to point B. It is closer, thus reducing costs. The takeover of Canada by the USA is inevitable anyways. Sorry Britbob.


What a Maroon - at least you are living up to expectations based on name. 

The Bakken, and Canadian synthetic oil are connected, by refining requirements, and by fucking pipelines.

Canada is the largest importer of light sweet crude from oilfields in the US that produce it - like the Bakken.

Why ? so they can blend it with tar sands oil to ship it back to us using Keystone 1 pipeline.

Once Keystone 2 is finished, there will be a large capacity two way pipeline street for the exchange of oil between Canada and the US.

Why do they blend the oil ?

Because almost all refineries in the US require feedstocks of heavier oil than anything produced in the US.  

We sell them ours, they do our blending for us, and ship the blended mess back to us exactly the way our refineries need it to be. 

Oh, by the way - same thing goes for oil imported from Mexico, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia.

All light sweet crude needs to be blended to be refined here, there, every fucking where, mo tard.

Go sit in the fucking corner, asshole. 

Red Raspberry's picture

BP in Whiting IN has a 500000 bbl a day refinery using the tar sand oil.

Harry Paranockus's picture

Does this pipeline start in Canada?


Bob, you ignorant rama lama ding dong zipper head Klingon cocksucker from Uranus, the fucking tar sands oil is heavy crude. Period.


Why, pray tell, you ask ? 'Cause you sure as fuck don't know the real fucking answer, mon frere. 

Canadians buy up most of our sweet light crude, and blend it with their heavy crude to produce oil that meets the specific gravity requirements of nearly all refineries in the USA.

Not to mention, thins down the heavy crude for easier pumping.

Refiners can't re-tool you fucking tool.

They run a refinery the way it was built, or they build a new one subject to permits from Dot Gov - about a 10 year process from application to first shovel in the ground, if it is permitted at all. 

The only pollutant here is your fucking wipe your ass with a spotted owl post.

centerline's picture

Laying pipe.


(that's it.  just the thought that entered my head...)

I love your wife's picture

Amy Grant's Easment....Pipeline.  That's what jumped out at me at first glance.

In.Sip.ient's picture

Still have no clear idea why this

pipeline HAS to go under a lake.


Just who's ox gets gored if they

go around???


GFKjunior's picture

I thought the same at first but apparently there are already several working pipes under the lake. As long as they build strong and correctly, and allow the Reservation to sue the FEDS in case the lake is contaminated, I see no issue. The natives don't even own the land, it's adjacent to their reservation.

vic and blood's picture

That is just a delay tactic. All the studies are done for this pipeline to run alongside existing pipelines and utilities that already cross at the same location. Environmental impact is minimal. It is really a no-brainer. Didn't junk you, by the way.

ceilidh_trail's picture

This lake is a dammed up section of the Missouri River which bisects the western half of North Dakota and runs down the middle of South Dakota. But, yes. They could have kept it all on the eastern side of the river instead of coming down the west side. There are already several pipelines wher it is built. Perhaps it is the easyest or cheapest route to build.

NoWayJose's picture

Some Army Corps guys must have valued their job security!

Galieo's picture

Pipes go under rivers, lakes, roads, and whatever else by the hundreds for decades and decades.

Free Man's picture

The Indians could have been handed more welfare bucks, but instead they forced a re-route.

Proof that Indians drink way too much.

Well, they do have casinos to prevent them from actually working for a living.

Yog Soggoth's picture

No, you are wrong! Casinos work for the Tribal leaders. Check tribal rules. The Sioux were some of the last to go down, and still get punished for it. Yes, they are bad drunks like me, and there are plenty of shady whites to get them anything they want. Have you ever looked at where they are currently located compared to their former territory?

Free Man's picture

Trump doing what he said he would do.

angry_dad's picture
angry_dad (not verified) Feb 7, 2017 7:11 PM

The oil industry desperately needs a new 1,000 mile long storage tank to hide their glut of inventory

Of course, prices will rapidly  increase once both ends are joined.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Opposite. One more barrel is less price. That might take some timre to hit the market though.

angry_dad's picture
angry_dad (not verified) Feb 7, 2017 7:12 PM

The ideal pipeline would be constructed in a circle so excess inventory could be loaded and never re appear again

vic and blood's picture

Gitter done! Before protesters have time to cause another ecological disaster with their mountains of trash and excrement.