Will last year's Dakota Access Pipeline protests affect future projects?

Marco Green
June 5, 2017

Energy Transfer Partners reports the Dakota Access Pipeline will have about a dozen employees in each of the four states it operates, including IL.

The Dakota Access Pipeline has started shipping oil on Thursday to contractors between North Dakota and IL, the Associated Press reported. Crude oil transported through the pipeline is sourced from six terminal locations in the North Dakota counties of Mountrail, McKenzie and Williams.

The Oceti Sakowin camp, the main protest camp closest to the pipeline, was cleared in February following an emergency evacuation order signed by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum. It is expected to transport approximately 520,000 barrels of oil daily.

The full pipeline, from the Bakken to the Gulf, cost almost $5 billion.

ETP said earlier this month that the $3.8 billion pipeline would begin transporting crude on June 1 to fulfill contracts with shippers. Calling themselves the water keepers, protesters noted the potential danger to the Missouri River and its tributaries should the pipeline rupture.

"Now that the Dakota Access Pipeline is fully operational, we find it more urgent than ever that the courts and administration address the risks posed to the drinking water of millions of American citizens". But President Trump approved the easement weeks after taking office, spurring Energy Transfer to quickly resume construction.Since then, momentum has swung in the pipeline developer's favor.The start of operations does not mark the end of the legal battle, Archambault said.

"We couldn't be prouder of our members for what they accomplished in North Dakota", he said.

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. Those did not give Archambault confidence as to how the company would contain and clean a serious spill.

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