After months of delays, oil could soon be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. Expected to be completed in less than two weeks according to court documents filed by the developer. Energy Transfer Partners just finished drilling under Lake Oahe and are nearly ready to begin laying pipe under the Missouri River reservoir.
â€śDakota Access estimates and targets that the pipeline will be complete and ready to flow oil anywhere between the week of March 6, 2017, and April 1, 2017,â€ť company attorney William Scherman said in the documents filed in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday (2/21/17). http://read.bi/2mtpjtY
The last stretch of pipeline will run beneath the Missouri River reservoir, and the 1,200-mile pipeline will be ready to move oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to its shipping point in Illinois. Held up by months of protests, the Trump administration pushed forward to complete construction.
Pipelines may be seen to the public as a dangerous and unsafe way to transport oil when in fact they are actually much safer than transporting the product by rail. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is the safest and most environmentally sensitive way to transport crude from domestic wells. The DAPL is one of the most technologically advanced pipelines in the world.
DAPL is also much deeper underground than the existing pipelines which lay underneath Lake Oahe. Upriver from Standing Rock and 115 ft below ground, it is much deeper and more technologically advanced than the other eight other pipelines operating adjacent to the path of the DAPL.
Below is a representation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and Lake Oahe.
Overall the DAPL may offer a safer and a more environmentally responsible way to transport oil below these waterways. The other eight pipelines arenâ€™t nearly as deep and not nearly as advanced. Pipelines still remain the safest way to transport crude oil around the country.
Take a look at the video from Energy Transfer Partners that offers a bit more information on the DAPL.