Route for massive oil pipeline from Bakken approved by North Dakota regulators
BISMARCK – North Dakota regulators granted a route permit Wednesday for what will be the largest crude oil pipeline out of the state’s fruitful Bakken oil field, leaving Iowa as the only state left to approve the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.
Public Service Commission members Julie Fedorchak and Brian Kalk voted to grant the permit for Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, which plans initially to ship up to 450,000 barrels of oil per day on the 1,168-mile pipeline from the Bakken and Three Forks regions in western North Dakota.
“This is a massive infrastructure construction project, and it’s really extremely important to the long-term future of North Dakota’s oil industry,” said Fedorchak, who chairs the commission.
Commissioner Randy Christmann abstained from voting, having recused himself from discussions on the pipeline last week after learning that the revised route will cross his mother-in-law’s property and that she’s negotiating an easement with Dakota Access.