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Bakken.com is reporting:
A proposed oil pipeline that would stretch from the Bakken formation to Illinois wouldn’t cut through Brown County in South Dakota, but a site just west of Aberdeen is serving as a temporary home to dozens of miles of pipe.
Farmer Todd Ochsner has rented out a tract of land near his grain elevator to house the pipe for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a yet-to-be-approved project that would cut through 272 miles in South Dakota, including parts of McPherson, Edmunds and Faulk counties.
Dozens of miles of pipe have been arriving by rail to Ochsner’s land for several weeks, and the process will continue until up to 300 miles of pipe are stacked up at the property located about 6 miles west of Aberdeen and just north of U.S. Highway 12.
“I’m a farmer first — this is something that worked because I have this land,” Ochsner told the Aberdeen American News. “From what I hear, there’s going to be a lot more pipe coming.”
The state’s Public Utilities Commission has until Dec. 15 to rule on a construction application submitted by Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners.
PUC spokeswoman Sigrid Wald said the movement of pipe into South Dakota won’t influence the commission’s decision-making process regarding the $3.8 billion project.
Lisa Dillinger, a spokeswoman for Dakota Access, said pipe that will be used in the construction of the line will continue to be shipped into the “region.”
About 270 miles of the 1,134-mile pipeline would be in eastern South Dakota. The 30-inch underground pipeline would transfer 450,000 barrels of crude oil a day.
Energy Transfer Partners wants to have the pipeline built and working by the end of 2016.