Crude Oil Begins To Flow Through Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline

Andrew Cummings
June 7, 2017

The pipeline spans more than a thousand miles from North Dakota to IL, and cost some $3.8 billion to construct.

Opposition to the pipeline sparked months-long protests, with as many as 10,000 people participating during the peak of the demonstrations.

"We must not lose sight of why the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline began".


The pipeline crosses a number of bodies of water, including the Missouri River, which is the main drinking water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

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. The builders of the pipeline, however, insisted it had made sure these problems wouldn't occur. 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. The pipelines have commitments for approximately 520,000 barrels of oil per day and have a capacity of approximately 570,000 barrels per day.

If you're catching up on the Dakota Access Pipeline issue, check out our timeline of key events here.


The underground Dakota Access Piipeline would transport 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day, which would be sent to markets and refineries in the Midwest, East Coast and Gulf Coast regions, according to Energy Transfer Crude Oil Co. It was the subject of months of protests past year, which grew to thousands of people in size and, at times, drew clashes with police.

The Associated Press reported in early May that DAPL leaked 84 gallons of oil in South Dakota on April 4th. And then there were the two leaks in North Dakota in March, according to The Washington Post, that spilled more than 100 gallons of oil from the Dakota Access line as well as a feeder line. "No waterways were affected".

Protests against the Dakota Access pipeline are far from dying out, as activists will continue their mission to keep the water in the Dakotas clean.


Efforts to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline were reinvigorated following President Donald Trump's executive action in January that advanced its approval.

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