$3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline begins service

Energy Transfer Partners announced Thursday the 1,172 mile Dakota Access Pipeline is now transporting crude oil from North Dakota to southern IL.

The oil will flow from the Bakken/Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to a storage and terminal hub outside Patoka, IL and/or down to additional terminals in Nederland, TX, the firm said.

This comes just a week after documents were leaked by a TigerSwan contractor revealing that Energy Transfer Partners was involved in using counterterrorist tactics on non-violent Water Protectors.

The AP reported that "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". Crude oil transported through the pipeline is sourced from six terminal locations in the North Dakota counties of Mountrail, McKenzie and Williams.

The pipeline has leaked at least three times since March.

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The Standing Rock Sioux tribe had also asked protesters to leave, saying the fight over the pipeline belongs in court.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its allies said then that the easement shouldn't have been granted without an environmental impact statement to identify risks to its treaty rights, including the water supply and sacred places.

The project caught global 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.

In February, the US Army Corps of Engineers granted permission for the last stretch of the pipeline, under Lake Oahe, which had been opposed by Native Americans and environmentalists. It's expected to move 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day. But President Donald Trump, fulfilling campaign promises, quickly reversed Obama's decision after taking office.


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