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

Energy Transfer Partners is set to face the North Dakota Public Service Commission over the amount of trees and bushes removed during construction of the pipe, as well as if workers disturbed any Native American artifacts.

The $6.78 billion, almost 1,200-mile DAPL runs from North Dakota through four states to a hub in south-central IL at Patoka.

When operating at full capacity, the Dakota Access pipeline is capable of carrying 570,000 barrels of oil per day.

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

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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.

American Indian tribes and environmentalists believed the pipeline's construction would trample on tribal lands and potentially poison waterways, including rivers such as the Missouri River and Lake Oahe.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its allies said then that the easement shouldn't have been granted without an environmental impact statement to identify risks to its treaty rights, including the water supply and sacred places. "This pipeline became operational today, yet it has already leaked at least three times".

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners added that the 1,872-mile pipeline system was developed at a combined cost of $4.78 billion, and has commitments, including shipper flexibility and walk-up, for roughly 520K bbl/day.

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

The Army Corps of Engineers rejected the previously approved pipeline in December during former President Barack Obama's final month in 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.

  • Zachary Reyes