Northwest Iowa — A few days ago, we told you about millions of gallons of highly-flammable Bakken crude oil that is being transported by rail through the KIWA listening area. Now, a Texas company has proposed the construction of an underground pipeline that will run from the North Dakota oil fields where the crude is produced, to a refinery near St. Louis. The plan calls for the pipeline to run across the state of Iowa from northwest to southeast, entering Iowa in Lyon County.
Energy Transfer Partners L.P. is the company proposing the pipeline, and according to the company’s website, the pipeline would carry at least 320,000 barrels of oil each day through the KIWA listening area on it’s way to the refinery. The company’s Board of Directors has already approved the construction of the 30-inch diameter pipeline, and hope to have it online by the end of 2016.
The proposed pipeline still needs approval from the Iowa Utilities Board, and Iowa DNR, as well as agencies in other states, before it can become a reality, however.
And, not surprisingly, various environmental groups have expressed concerns over the proposed project.