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Farmers concerned about Dakota Access pipeline construction

Land owners in the New Salem area attended an open house to learn about and discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline, reports Ben Smith for KXNews.

The pipeline, a project undertaken by Energy Transfer Partners, isn’t slated to begin construction until 2016. But residents in the region are already concerned about how it will affect the area, and especially their land.

Spanning 1,100 miles through four states, the Dakota Access Pipeline would carry Bakken crude through seven North Dakota counties all the way to Illinois. During the construction, however, farmers are concerned about interruption to agricultural production.

There has been talk of a 99-year easement, but some individuals have stated that they won’t sign an agreement until their specific concerns have been addressed.