Northwest Iowa — The work on a pipeline to bring North Dakota crude oil to a connection point in Illinois is nearing completion in our area. All of the pipe is in the ground in our section, which stretches from the Big Sioux River near Inwood to the Cherokee/Buena Vista county line.
In a report filed with the Iowa Utilities Board this past week, officials with the Dakota Access division of Energy Transfer Partners report that in northwest Iowa’s O’Brien County, work is complete as far as staking, clearing, grading, ditch work, road and other bores, stringing, welding, lowering, and backfill. Fifty-six percent of the cleanup and restoration is done too, as well as all of the hydro testing.
In Sioux County, it is reported that all of the work is completed, except that only half of the “other bores” are completed, and only 16 percent of the hydro testing. Plus all of the cleanup and restoration has yet to be completed.
In Lyon County, all of the cleanup and restoration has yet to be done there as well, plus no hydro testing has been done yet, otherwise everything else is done.