Pipeline Pros and Cons

February 7, 2015 02:32 AM

Multistate pipeline could ease rail load but disturb farmland

The Keystone XL Pipeline isn’t the only pipeline in the works. A second multistate pipeline could be built to carry crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and to an existing pipeline in southern Illinois. If built, it could ease pressure on the nation’s railways to make more room for grain cars, but some fear the move would hurt farmland productivity.

An application has been filed. The Commission has not approved the construction permit. Now, the commission has one year to decide whether to break ground from when the permit was filed. Meanwhile, Iowa’s utilities board has held informational meetings, but no permits have been filed.

The pipeline could stretch more than 1,100 miles, carrying as many as 570,000 barrels of oil per day. 

“I don’t think there’s anything in it for the farmer,” says Jim Schmidt, Lincoln County commissioner, South 
Dakota. “[The farmer] may get an easement price or something for that one time and it’s over.”

Schmidt, who has a pipeline running through his farm, says the pipeline disturbs the soil. “In a field of corn that’s 7' tall, you can ‘see’ the pipeline because that corn is 5' tall,” he says. 

While the state legislature could get involved, it is ultimately the decision of the Public Utilities Commission, Schmidt adds.

If approved, construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from North Dakota, could start in late 2015 or early 2016.   


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Spell Check

Dallas, TX
10/3/2016 12:24 PM

  Kathleen, the red area at the top of the map is North Dakota. We would be moving the oil from there to Illinois, which is the red dot to the right. No oil is leaving the U.S. It's just moving southward. This article is very uninformative and weak. Needs more.

Kathleen Ayres
Longmont, CO
9/6/2016 12:20 PM

  And where's that oil going? It looks like exports to Canada. We need the oil. Why is it going to the Canadian border?

ur damb
Maniwaki, DE
9/15/2016 09:38 AM

  ur wrong Kathleen Ayres! u don't no shit


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