Northwest Iowa — The Bakken crude oil pipeline installation crews are making progress in northwest Iowa.
On Monday, August 8th, according to Sioux County officials, a crew installing the pipeline asked for Highway 60 to be closed north of Alton while they moved some equipment and slow-moving trailers across the northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 60. The highway was closed and traffic was diverted for about an hour.
Dakota Access, a division of Energy Transfer Partners is installing the 1,172-mile-long, 30-inch Bakken oil pipeline, which will run southeast through Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien Counties on its way to Illinois. Dakota Access says the pipeline will transport approximately 470,000 barrels per day with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels per day or even more – which could represent approximately half of the daily crude oil production in the Bakken area of North Dakota.
They say shippers will be able to access multiple markets, including Midwest and East Coast markets as well as the Gulf Coast via the Nederland, Texas crude oil terminal facility of Sunoco Logistics Partners. An existing natural gas pipeline is being converted to transport crude oil from the Illinois end of the pipeline to the Texas facility near the Louisiana border and the Gulf of Mexico.