Illinois Approves Dakota Access Pipeline Expansion Amid Opposition

Illinois Approves Dakota Access Pipeline Expansion Amid Opposition

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved the increased capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the expansion of its pumping station at the Patoka Oil Tank Farm.

The nearly 1,200 mile pipeline runs from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota to Patoka where it ends. The Illinois Commerce Commission made its decision following public hearings where there was opposition.

Brydon Ross, Vice President of State Regulatory Affairs for the Consumer Energy Alliance, said the decision is “good for the country‚Äôs energy future and for jobs in the Marion County area.”

Ross added North Dakota and Iowa have already approved the expansion and the pipeline is also the most environmentally responsible way to deliver this energy.

However, it is being challenged in court action by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others who claim the US Army Corps of Engineers did not properly review the environmental risk from the pipeline.

The lawsuit seeks to shutdown the pipeline.

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