The pipeline starts at the Bakken and Three Forks shale formations in North Dakota and runs southeast through South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, ending near Patoka, Illinois.
Almost all of the pipeline’s underground path goes through privately owned land, often through existing utility easements. These landowners were compensated for the passage of the Dakota Access pipeline. The project does not pass through the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, nor does it impact the Tribe’s water supply. The water inlet for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will be 70 miles away from the Lake Oahe crossing by early 2017, when the Tribe’s water intake moves to South Dakota.
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