Earlier today, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to uphold the Planning Commissions’ approval of the conditional use permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline pump station in Harrisburg, South Dakota. The pipeline currently ships more than 570,000 barrels of oil from the Bakken in North Dakota to refineries across the Midwest and Gulf regions. Construction of the estimated $30-40 million pump station in South Dakota will lead to more jobs and help allow the pipeline to double its capacity up to 1.1 million barrels a day.
Following is a statement from the GAIN Coalition which you can attribute to me, Craig Stevens, spokesman for the coalition.
“We applaud the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners who supported the recommendations and the existing rules and regulations that will help the U.S. become more energy self-reliant and bring construction jobs to South Dakota. Developing the energy resources in the Bakken has been a tremendous benefit to our nation’s economy and energy security. By optimizing the Dakota Access Pipeline we will be able to develop more of our nation’s resources for use here in the U.S. as well as hedge against oil volatility elsewhere in the world. Pipelines remain the safest and most economical means to transport the petroleum our country needs and when officials like those in Lincoln County follow the letter and spirit of existing regulations, it allows for regulatory certainty for companies seeking to invest in our nation’s infrastructure.”