The Argus Leader is reporting that the Dakota Access Pipeline has voluntary agreements with 100% of the landowners along the route, meaning there’s little left to stand in it’s way of improving our nation’s energy infrastructure, as well as freeing up rail cars for use by agriculture, once it is completed:
Six months after the project was approved by the Public Utilities Commission, Dakota Access LLC has inked its last voluntary easements with landowners along the 272 miles of South Dakota land it needs to build its underground pipeline.
The company announced this week that 100 percent of the landowners in both North and South Dakota had signed easements without a legal fight. In Illinois, the voluntary easement figure is 98 percent. In Iowa, it’s 87 percent.
With construction permits from all four states, the project awaits final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, after which an anticipated 4,000 contractors can begin the work of burying 1,168 miles of pipe.
Once completed, the Dakota Access pipeline will move 400,000 barrels of Bakken oil patch crude from western North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, where it can then be shipped to Texas for refining.