Energy Transfer Pipeline is moving forward with plans to build a massive 1.134 mile pipeline that will transport crude from the Bakken through South Dakota and into Patoka, Illinois amid public concerns.
Energy Transfer Partners moved one step closer this week as officials from the McKenzie County Commission approved zoning for the first of six terminals it will need for the project. Along with permission to move ahead the company also received vigorous opposition and criticism from landowners who see the company as arrogant.
Last week, more than 80 people turned out for a public hearing in Killdeer to express their concerns to the Public Service Commission. This was the second of three such hearings while PSC officials decide if they will grant permits for the project. The concerns ranged from people not being offered enough money for their easements to the fear of security issues resulting from much energy infrastructure being clustered together.
Once the project is complete in late 2016, the pipeline will transport approximately 450,000 barrels per day and could potentially represent approximately half of Bakken current daily crude oil production.