Receipt of easement allows Dakota Access to complete construction of the pipeline
Completion of previously announced debt financing and the closing of a sale of a minority equity interest expected within days
Dallas, TX – February 8, 2017 – Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) today announced that Dakota Access, LLC (“Dakota Access”) has received an easement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Army Corps”) to construct a pipeline across land owned by the Army Corps on both sides of Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The release of this easement by the Army Corps follows a directive from President Donald Trump to the Department of the Army and the Army Corps to take all necessary and appropriate steps that would permit construction and operation of the Dakota Access pipeline, including easements to cross federal lands. With this action, Dakota Access now has received all federal authorizations necessary to proceed expeditiously to complete construction of the pipeline.
he Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is the safest and most environmentally sensitive way to transport crude oil from domestic wells to American consumers. It is the result of an extensive process that involved review and approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and regulators in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. It will be among the safest, most technologically advanced pipelines in the world.
This $3.8 billion project crosses almost entirely private land, often already in use for other utility easements. The Dakota Access Pipeline does not cross the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, even at the portion of the pipeline that is the subject of dispute at Lake Oahe. In developing the route, the United States Army Corps of Engineers alone held 389 meetings with 55 tribes regarding the Dakota Access project. In addition, the U.S. Army Corps reached out to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe nearly a dozen times to discuss archaeological and other surveys conducted before finalizing the Dakota Access route.
Notably, Lake Oahe already contains eight other pipelines uneventfully operating adjacent to the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline, as well as one high-voltage electric transmission line. DAPL crosses at least 95 feet below the bottom of Lake Oahe, and at points, up to 115 feet below.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is virtually entirely underground. As you see from this map, it does not cross any land belonging to the Standing Rock Sioux.
We have great respect for the concerns of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and plan to continue to work with their leaders to address those concerns. Recently, their interests have been overtaken by politically-motivated, anti-fossil fuel protesters who are using this issue as a cover for their often violent and extremist efforts to cause disruption. Their actions deny private property rights and freedoms to the landowners who are near and adjacent to the Standing Rock Reservation and deny American citizens and businesses the energy they need to produce jobs and build a vital and healthy economy. The behavior by some of these extremist organizations is not only criminal but dangerous to themselves and others, and we join with law enforcement and others in asking them to obey the rule of law.
We will continue to defend the rights we have been granted through proper and legal venues, and the rights of Americans to reduce foreign dependence on fossil fuels to power our economy and warm our homes.
- The entire Dakota Access Pipeline is buried underground.
- The Dakota Access Pipeline does not cross Standing Rock Sioux reservation land.
- Lake Oahe currently contains eight other pipelines, including existing non-DAPL dual 42-inch pipelines operating since 1982.
- Pipelines like Dakota Access are proven to be safer than rail or truck transportation of crude.
- The Dakota Access Pipeline can eliminate up to 500-740 rail cars, and/or 250+ trucks needed to transport crude every day.
- The water source for Standing Rock Sioux will be over 70 miles from the pipeline by early 2017.
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America uses 800 million gallons of petroleum every day. At Energy Transfer Partners, we’re proud of our role in developing the latest in pipeline technologies, to bring energy to American homes and businesses. We safely operate more than 70,000 miles of pipeline, with a company priority to build with American materials, American workers, and American ingenuity.
A MESSAGE FROM NORTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR DOUG BURGUM:
“This is a key step toward the completion of this important infrastructure project, which has faced months of politically driven delays and will allow for safe transport of North Dakota product to market.”– Doug Burgum, Governor, North Dakota