In a 3-0 vote this morning, the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a proposal to construct a new pump station allowing for optimization of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Since coming into service in June 2017, DAPL has safely transported as much as 570,000 barrels of oil per day (BPD) from the Bakken region to the Patoka Oil Terminal in Patoka, IL. The DAPL Optimization proposal includes construction of three pump stations – one in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Illinois – requires no new pipeline construction, and will allow for capacity to increase to 1.1 million BPD. This morning’s vote comes as regulators in both Iowa and Illinois continue reviewing the proposal.
Below is a statement that can be attributed to me, Craig Stevens, spokesman for the GAIN Coalition:
“The GAIN Coalition applauds the North Dakota Public Service Commission for approving the construction of a new pump station to allow for optimization of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). DAPL is a key component of our nation’s energy infrastructure network and has been critical in accommodating record oil production in the Bakken region.
“With today’s vote, DAPL Optimization will allow for North Dakota’s crude oil to continue to meet our country’s growing energy needs. In addition to supporting high-skilled jobs and ensuring reliable, affordable energy, pipelines take the risk off the road – they are the safest, most efficient method of transporting natural gas and oil products. It is encouraging to see North Dakota’s regulators prioritizing investment in and the development of our nation’s critical energy infrastructure.”