Dakota News Now recently reported on the generous donation the Dakota Access Pipeline made to a local community in Harrisburg, South Dakota. The Harrisburg Community Foundation received $175,000 from Dakota Access Pipeline for significant improvements to their Central Park, whose championship field has now been renamed Dakota Access Field. Expected to be completed by the fall, the contribution will allow the foundation to construct a new facility that houses a concession stand, restrooms, storage space, a media box, and viewing decks.
According to a statement provided to Dakota News Now, Adrienne McKeown, executive director of the Harrisburg Community Foundation, said “thanks to the generosity of Dakota Access Pipeline, we have been able to bring enhancements to the park that are necessary to keep up with our rapidly growing community. This new facility will not only benefit baseball fans but the amenities can be used by all who visit the park.”
This contribution is just another example of the positive role companies play in their communities, and more specifically, the economic benefits that the Dakota Access Pipeline continues to bring to the state of South Dakota. Since DAPL began operation in 2017, the pipeline has paid more than $17.8 million in property taxes that support local schools, hospitals, emergency services, and other critical ongoing needs. It is very encouraging to see this commitment to local communities go one step further—strengthening them through social investment.
One of the safest, most technologically advanced pipelines in the world, the Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,172-mile underground 30” pipeline that transports 570,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken production area in North Dakota, through South Dakota to terminals in Patoka, Illinois.