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Dakota Access and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipelines Begin Commercial Service to Patoka Oil Tank Farm

June 2, 2017

Two new major pipelines that cost $4.78-billion dollars to build began serving the Patoka Oil Tank Farm on Thursday.

Energy Transfer Partners has announced the 1,172 mile long Dakota Access Pipeline that will bring crude oil from the Bakken/Three Forks production areas in North Dakota is now bringing oil to a storage and terminalling hub outside Patoka.

The second pipeline is the 700-mile ETCO or Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline that will transport oil from the Patoka Tank Farm to Nederland, Texas where the crude oil can be refined or further transported to additional refining markets. The ETCO Pipeline was constructed diagonally across Marion County from Patoka to the Johnsonville area where an existing natural gas pipeline to Texas was converted from natural gas to oil transportation.

Energy Transfer Partners reports both lines are mostly made up of 30-inch pipes. The two pipelines cost a combined $4.78-billion dollars. The pipelines have commitments for approximately 520,000 barrels of oil per day and have a capacity of approximately 570,000 barrels per day. 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.

Energy Transfer Partners reports the Dakota Access Pipeline will have about a dozen employees in each of the four states it operates, including Illinois.

Meanwhile, four Native American tribes in the Dakotas are still fighting in court, hoping to persuade a judge to shut down the line. Tribes and environmental groups fear it might cause pollution. More than half a year of protests in North Dakota resulted in 761 arrests.

President Donald Trump’s administration and the courts allowed the pipeline to be completed earlier this year.

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