Plans to build an oil pipeline through parts of Siouxland are moving forward. During a two and a half hour meeting Monday in Pierre, SD, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved a construction permit for the pipeline on a 2-1 vote.
The pipeline will cross through Nebraska and Iowa as it carries North Dakota oil to Illinois. The 1,130 mile Dakota Access Pipeline by Dallas based Energy Transfer Partners would move at least 450,000 barrels of crude from western North Dakota to Patoka, IL on a daily basis.
The project also needs approval in Iowa, North Dakota and Illinois.
Supporters of the project cite a need for energy security, point to the jobs it would create and maintain that transporting oil by pipeline is safer than moving it by rail or truck. Opponents worry the pipeline could contaminate water supplies, farmland and archaeological sites, and harm habitat for wildlife, including endangered species.
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