"Dakota Access is now commissioning the full pipeline and is preparing to place the pipeline into service". Industry groups say the imminent flow of oil through the pipeline is good news for energy and infrastructure. Protests delayed progress for three months, but now the 2000-mile-long pipeline is readied to move oil from North Dakota, through South Dakota and Iowa, and to a shipping site in IL. The pipeline should be fully operational in about three weeks, according to company spokeswoman Vicki Granado.
Iron Eyes was also the endorsed Democratic candidate for congress from North Dakota past year.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its supporters said Dakota Access would threaten sacred tribal lands and the water supply for residents in the region. The Standing Rock chairman did not immediately return a call seeking comment on ETP's announcement. Members of the tribe said if the oil spilled, they would face an environmental as well as cultural disaster. Once complete, the $3.8 billion pipeline will move up to 570,000 barrels of oil from North Dakota to IL.
The legal battle isn't confined to the Dakotas.
The pipeline also will mean property tax revenue to counties and the state government in South Dakota.
With a decidedly oil-friendly administration in Washington, there's no hope of another presidential injunction to stop the oil from flowing under Lake Oahe.
January 18, 2017 The Army Corps launches a full environmental study of the pipeline's disputed Lake Oahe crossing that could take up to two years to complete.
The progress comes one month after U.S. President Donald Trump signed executive orders that made it possible to complete the Dakota Access and restart the process for the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.
There were months of protests against the pipeline, mainly in North Dakota, where opponents set up a camp on Corps land between the Standing Rock Reservation and the pipeline route.
North Dakota has become the second-biggest oil producer in the U.S.in the past decade, trailing only Texas.
While the tribes continue to push for global banks helping to finance DAPL to sell their interests in the project - and some have - a Texas-based spokesperson for ETP told NGI's Shale Daily the pipeline for moving Bakken crude oil to East and Gulf Coast market is now a reality.