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Moving America's Energy
The Dakota Access Pipeline


The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,172-mile underground 30" pipeline transporting light sweet crude oil from the Bakken/Three Forks production area in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois.


Safely operating since June of 2017, the Dakota Access Pipeline now transports 570,000 barrels of oil per day. The pipeline is the safest and most efficient means to transport crude oil from the geographically constrained region, providing better access to Gulf Coast and Midwest refineries and other downstream markets.

By transporting oil on the Dakota Access Pipeline, the equivalent of 3,000 tanker trucks are removed from the roads every day. Similarly, the pipeline removes the equivalent of 815 rail cars that would cross through neighborhoods and over waterways every day.

Benefitting America

The Dakota Access Pipeline has helped bolster production in the Bakken, currently moving approximately 40% of the Bakken's oil output per day. It has also helped to improve the region's drilling economics by lowering transportation costs for operators, and is providing a safer means of transportation over truck or rail.

Increased domestic crude oil production translates into greater energy security, lower trade deficit, and boosted economic growth. Pipelines enable the crude oil to safely reach refining and manufacturing markets where it can be used to make all of the products that Americans use every day.

The Dakota Access Pipeline created approximately 8,000 to 12,000 jobs during construction. It put highly skilled union mechanics, electricians, pipefitters, heavy equipment operators and others within the heavy construction industry to work. Local economies benefited from workers using hotels, motels, restaurants and other services.

And since the start of operation, the pipeline has been paying millions in property taxes to states each year. These tax dollars have been used to support schools, hospitals, emergency services and other critical ongoing needs. Between 2017 - 2020, Dakota Access Pipeline has paid more than $113 million in property taxes including:

  • North Dakota: $27+ million
  • South Dakota: $17.8+ million
  • Iowa: $68+ million

We also remain an active member of the communities the pipeline traverses, which we believe is an important part of our operations. Learn more ->


As of June 2019, Energy Transfer has begun filing and making notifications to states about plans to optimize the existing Dakota Access Pipeline to accommodate additional volumes of crude oil.

Optimizing the Dakota Access Pipeline to accommodate increased volumes can easily be done by adding horsepower along with a few modifications and upgrades at pump stations along the existing line. There will be no mainline construction or additional pipe needed.

Optimizing capacity will enable further development in the Bakken which means more jobs and economic benefits for local communities. Learn more ->

Quick Facts

  • The entire Dakota Access Pipeline is buried underground.
  • The pipeline is made of heavy-walled steel pipe.
  • Pipelines like Dakota Access are proven to be safer than rail or truck transportation of crude.
  • The pipeline is monitored 24/7, 365 days a year by a computer network control system.

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The Dakota Access Pipeline is currently moving approximately half of the Bakken's oil output per day. Optimizing the existing pipeline by adding horsepower will help allow for further development in the Bakken, economic growth in North Dakota, and the stabilization of costs for the industry and consumers.