The Dakota Access Pipeline Is Up And Running

Andrew Cummings
June 6, 2017

From there the 788-mile ETCO converted natural gas pipeline carries the crude oil to the Gulf Coast at Nederland, TX.

The construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline drew months of protests by Native American tribes and environmental activists previous year, but that pipeline is now expected to be fully operational today.

Oil is now flowing through the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, carrying crude from Canada and North Dakota south to IL, its developer said Thursday.


Built at $3.8bn, the 1,172 mile and 30-inch Dakota Access pipeline runs through the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and IL.

The commission maintains the company diverted construction of the pipeline around artifacts last October without first running the plan by the commission, as required.

The Dakota Access pipeline protesters were forced to leave the main camp earlier this year.

. "This pipeline became operational today, yet it has already leaked at least three times".


The oil pipeline construction that sparked nationwide protests is now complete, and the pipeline is in service. It has commitments to ship about 520,000 barrels per day and could pipe as much as 570,000 barrels per day. Clashes with police at the protests turned violent at times, with one woman almost losing her arm after an explosion in November.

Four Sioux tribes in the Dakotas are still fighting in federal court in Washington, D.C., hoping to persuade a judge to shut down the line.

Former President Obama delayed the project in December by refusing to grant the Army Corps of Engineers an easement for the lake. But President Donald Trump, fulfilling campaign promises, quickly reversed Obama's decision after taking office.


"We will continue to battle the operation of this pipeline in court and remind everyone that just because the oil is flowing now doesn't mean that it can't be stopped", Archambault said Thursday.

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