Bakken Pipeline secured easements in Dakotas without a legal fight

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The company proposing the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois says it has secured all of the landowner easements it needs in the Dakotas.

The 1,130-mile oil pipeline planned by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners would pass through the Dakotas and Iowa on its way to Illinois. Regulators in all states have approved the project, but it still needs federal approval.

The Argus Leader reports the company announced this week that all of the landowners along the pipeline route in North Dakota and South Dakota have signed voluntary easements without a legal fight. In Iowa, the figure is 87 percent, and in Illinois it’s 98 percent.

The pipeline would carry nearly half a million barrels of crude from western North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields each day.

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