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Dakota Access Pipeline to start interstate delivery on May 14

Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline protesters clashed with police on Nov. 20, 2016. The Star Tribune photo by Richard Tsong-Taatarii.

Dakota Access Pipeline carries Bakken crude to Illinois

The Dakota Access Pipeline will start shipping Bakken crude on May 14, according to a tariff filed with the US Federal Regulatory Commission.

On Thursday, Energy Transfer Partners LP filed the tariff, which details the pipeline and oil to be delivered, with the commission.

The $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline runs 1,172 miles from western North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois.

Last year, the pipeline drew protesters from around the world to North Dakota and Washington, D.C.  Thousands stood with the Standing Rock Sioux against the pipeline after the tribe sued to block completion of the final link of the line through land considered sacred.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux said the pipeline would desecrate a sacred burial ground and any leak from the line could poison the tribe’s water supply.

The Obama administration delayed the project by several months as it reconsidered the permits issued for the pipeline’s route that traveled near tribal lands. In early December, 2016, President Obama denied final permits for the pipeline.

However, when President Donald Trump took over the White House, one of his first acts as president was to sign an executive order reversing the decision made by former President Obama.

The Standing Rock Sioux has also lost a number of lawsuits they hoped would stop the pipeline.




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