A four-state pipeline that would pass through Morgan, Brown, Pike and Scott counties as it pumps oil from North Dakota to Patoka in Illinois has received permission it needed to move it a step closer to construction later this year.
Plans for the 1,134-mile Dakota Access Pipeline to put a crude terminal near Watford City, North Dakota, were approved this week by the McKenzie County (North Dakota) Commission, according to The Bismarck Tribune. The plans did cause some public concern and several residents spoke out over what they saw as harsh negotiations over easements.
This terminal is one of six total that will collect oil from gathering lines and trucks, marking the fourth that has been approved to date.
Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners said nearly $189 million has been made in direct payments to landowners for easements to acquire land for the $3.8 billion project.
The company said it has 60 percent of the easements along the entire proposed route. Though the company has an goal to begin construction on the project at the end of the year — and to have it fully operational by the end of 2016 — the project is still awaiting a route permit from the Public Service Commission that could take months.
In Illinois, the pipeline would pass by Mount Sterling, south of Meredosia and north of Winchester before heading into Macoupin County. The pipeline would carry about 450,000 barrels of oil a day, which would be shipped to hubs in Patoka and Nederland, Texas, for distribution to refineries.
In total, the proposed route would travel through 12 counties in Illinois with about 177 miles of 30-inch transmission pipeline.
At a public hearing last year in Jacksonville, representatives from Energy Transfer Partners said the pipeline would create about 2,000 jobs in Illinois, with an estimated of $27.1 million generated in sales and income tax revenue during construction.
South Dakota and Iowa will also see the pipeline cut through multiple counties. Strong opposition to the pipeline has come from Iowa, with groups like the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement protesting to prevent its construction.
This article was written by Nick Draper from Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Ill. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.