Proposed Multi-State Pipeline Could Cut Through Midwest

January 2, 2015 12:00 PM
Proposed Multi-State Pipeline Could Cut Through Midwest

Leaders in Congress say they have plans to take up the Keystone XL Pipeline in the New Year, but that’s not the only major pipeline in the works.

Power Hour Noon LogoThere’s a chance a new multi-state pipeline could be built in the Midwest, carrying 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 eventually ease pressure on the nation’s railways to make more room for grain.

An application for the Dakota Access Pipeline recently won approval from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. The commission has one year to decide whether to break ground.

Meanwhile, Iowa’s utilities board has held informational meetings, but no permits have been filed in the state.

The pipeline could stretch more than 1,100 miles, carrying as many as 570,000 barrels of oil per day. It would cut through a dozen counties in South Dakota, 18 in Iowa and 10 in Illinois.

Some fear the move would hurt farmers.

“I don’t think there’s anything in it for the farmer," says Jim Schmidt, Lincoln County commissioner, South Dakota. "There’s nothing for the farmer. They may get an easement price or something and it’s over."

He thinks while the state legislature could get involved, it is ultimately the decision of the Public Utilities Commission. If approved, the structure would become the second crude oil pipeline to run through South Dakota. Construction could start in late 2015 or early 2016.

Click the play button below to watch the complete news report about the pipeline proposal on AgDay:

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Spell Check

chuck rhein
1/8/2015 02:10 PM

  Pipelines provide saftey and security for the movement of dangerous materials. They provide a boost to tne local economy while they are being built, althought most of the skilled people are imported from afar. The people that own and operate the pipelines in our country are in the hightest level of wealth in our country. Farmers, ranchers, rural property owners receive about a penny on the million of the value of their property for ONE TIME payment for an easement that will be on their farm FOREVER. Farmers have mortaged their souls and have their skin removed from their backside to finance the welfare of the pipeline owners. The pipeline owners have carressed the lawmakers with massive amts of $$$$ to have the laws and court system keep the ball in their court. Did you know that the pipeline company chooses which court system in the event of a dispute--local court with a jury of your peers of a federal magistrate with no knowledge of the situation, just the law, which has been developed with the help of lots of campaign dollars to the company that is constructing the pipeline. Agriculture has allowed this to happen by not acting in unity. Farmers are embarrased into signing easements, presented to them by well traveled easement agents. Agriculture and these land owners need a piece of this economic pie, to be paid for this investment made on their farm, creating trillions of dollars and paying the farmer pennies. Sound familiar?? If farmers shared in these projects, I doubt there would be a need to settle anything in court or in Washington. Lions 14, Christians 0.

wolverton, MN
1/7/2015 05:16 PM

  A pipeline for nd crude oil would make more sense than the keystone pipeline. It will Ease rail problems up here, and would be US crude oil.

Gridley, IL
1/6/2015 07:55 PM

  The farmers in McLean county of Illinois have been a battle with Enbridge Pipeline of Canada for the past 7 years. Recently a 90 year old woman, who is legally blind, was awarded $4000.00 for the pipeline to cross her farm. She knew nothing about the court proceeding to condemn the property. A Enbridge hired appraiser said in an almost empty court room that the pipeline would not impact the farm. This happened in circuit court of McLean County, Bloomington, Illiniois.


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