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Public comment sought on proposed crude oil pipeline project in North Dakota

Published Dec. 9, 2015

OMAHA, NE - An environmental assessment has been prepared to evaluate potential environmental impacts from construction and operation of a crude oil pipeline across private lands encumbered by federal flowage easements and federal land managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Dakota Access, LLC proposes to construct and operate the Dakota Access Pipeline Project which would connect the Bakken and Three Forks crude oil production areas in North Dakota to existing infrastructure in Illinois. In North Dakota, the project would cross federal flowage easements at the Missouri River upstream of Lake Sakakawea in Williams County and federally-owned lands at Lake Oahe in Morton and Emmons counties. The pipeline is 24 inches in diameter where it crosses approximately 2.83 miles of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ flowage easements at the Missouri River and is 30 inches in diameter where it crosses approximately 0.21 miles of federal lands at Lake Oahe. The Omaha District is seeking public comments on the environmental assessment for these two project areas.

The public is encouraged to provide comments on the draft EA which is available for viewing at http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Planning/ProjectReports.aspx. A hard copy will also be available at the following public libraries:

  • Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, 515 N. Fifth Street, Bismarck, ND 58501
  • Williston Community Library, 1302 Davidson Dr., Williston, ND 58801
  • Rawlins Municipal Library, 1000 East Church Street, Pierre, SD 57501

Comments may be directed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District; CENWO-OD-TN; Attn: Brent Cossette; 1616 Capitol Avenue Suite 9000; Omaha, NE 68102. Comments can also be emailed to Brent.J.Cossette@usace.army.mil.

Comments must be postmarked or received no later than January 8, 2016.

Brent Cossette
Cheryl A. Moore

Release no. 20151209-002