Dakota Access and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company own the Bakken Pipeline, which is a 1,872-mile system that transports domestically produced crude oil from the Bakken/Three Forks productions areas in North Dakota to a storage and terminalling hub outside Patoka, Illinois, and/or down to additional terminals in Nederland, Texas. "But protests led to delays in permitting the final stretch of the pipeline under the Missouri River in North Dakota".
The Dakota Access pipeline (Dakota Access) and the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline (ETCO), collectively the Bakken Pipeline, are in commercial service under the committed transportation service agreements through their respective pipeline systems. Several Native American tribes also said the pipeline would destroy burial and prayer sites as well as culturally significant artifacts.
The pipeline's developer, Energy Transfer Partners, successfully completed building the $3.8 billion pipeline in mid-May. The company says the pipelines will transport the crude oil to major refining markets in a more direct, cost effective, safer and more environmentally responsible manner than other modes of transportation, including rail or truck.
In March, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., denied a request by the Sioux nation to order an emergency injunction preventing the pipeline from becoming operational.
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Late a year ago, President Barack Obama refused to approve the pipeline's final connection, under the Missouri, and sent plans back to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for review.
Former President Obama delayed the project in December by refusing to grant the Army Corps of Engineers an easement for the lake.
Standing Rock Tribe chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement Thursday, "We will continue to battle the operation of this pipeline in court and remind everyone that just because the oil is flowing now doesn't mean that it can't be stopped". "No waterways were affected".