Hearings begin over Dakota Access oil pipeline

Associated Press
Pipes for the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline, that would stretch from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Patoka, Ill., are stored Saturday, May 9, 2015, at a staging area in Worthing, S.D. The proposed oil pipeline will traverse North and South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Public Service Commission this week is holding the first of three public hearings on a proposed $3.8 billion oil pipeline that would stretch from western North Dakota to Illinois.

The proposed 1,134-mile Dakota Access Pipeline would move oil from the Bakken formation to a terminal in Patoka, Illinois, for distribution to refineries in eastern states. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners wants it operating by the end of 2016.

North Dakota's Pipeline Authority has said it would be the largest-capacity pipeline for the state's crude to date.

The PSC is holding a public hearing Thursday at the Baymont Inn in Mandan. Hearings also are scheduled June 15 at the High Plains Cultural Center in Killdeer and June 26 at the Ernie French Center in Williston.

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