The pipeline construction in North Dakota has been an ongoing embarrassment for the state. For years the Democrats have blocked and challenged its construction. They have continually taken matters to court hoping a liberal judge would stop the project altogether. But their efforts have failed. The Republicans that control the board of government regulators voted to approve the permit that will propel the project forward.

The Republicans have come to believe that the project has more than met up with all the ridiculous state and federal requirements that have been delaying the project. The vote ended up being 3-0 in favor of it moving forward. The hateful liberals are already voicing their concerns and their promise to challenge the permit in court.

The challenge has not taken the Republicans by surprise as they have come to learn that the uncooperative Democrats love sitting in court. The review and challenge of the permit is a welcomed event with the state. As they know that all the concerns have been addressed. It will prove once and for all that the Democrats hate progress and want to see the project halted.

The Republicans and the president want to see America become energy independent. The pipeline is a major step in that direction. This is another reason that the Democrats hate it so much. They want to see America depending on other nations for energy supply. So far they have been unable to stop that from happening.

The company behind the project and construction is Energy Transfer. They are based out of Texas. They have been responsible for the moving of oil and gas from North Dakota to a port in Illinois for several years. The pipeline is meant to help meet the demand for the ever-growing population and usage of the oil. The need to increase the output already exists. At this point, they are trying to keep up with the current level of demand.

To increase the level of output, a new pump station is needed. The cost of the pump is set at $40 million. This is pure money that will put into the economy of North Dakota. Without the pump, the level of oil cannot be increased. There is so much Democratic opposition that future plans to build more pumping stations in South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois have been hard to get approved. The liberals and wacko environmentalists have made a mess of the process.

The pipeline is extremely safe. For $3.8 billion, it has all the safety features one would expect to see on a pipeline that runs 1,172 miles. The people building the pipeline are not the monsters that the liberals would make them out to be. They have families and friends that live the areas the pipeline moves. So it seems natural that they will do only the best to see that it remains safe.

Another benefit of the pipeline will happen when the vast volume of tanker trucks is removed from the road. The added congestion increases the chances of traffic-related fatalities. The pipeline is a major project that has a lot of hurdles to jump. Iowa’s regulators want to see that experts agree that the increased volume will not cause a rupture. While other fanatics want to see that the environment is not going to be hurt.

The company maintains that there will be little to no impact on the increase in oil flowing through the pipeline. The pipeline already exists, so there is no threat from new pipe construction. But the wacky opponents hear that the pipeline is growing, and they all freak out.

The state of North Dakota will not impose any new regulations on the project that technically is overseen by the federal government. Which already has a number of regulations that must be met. The level of regulations though has decreased since President Trump removed a lot of the trash that Obama placed on the industry. They are free to move forward without having to have more tests and inspections done.

33 thoughts on “North Dakota Pipeline Moving Forward Despite Push Back

  1. Great work to use the vast energy supplies the U.S.A. is blest with for the benefit of the American people. This is true investment as opposed to the type of investment democrats speak of which is to spend tax payers money for democrats benefit.

  2. I am all in favor of protecting the environment. I am all in favor of the intelligent use of our energy and other resources. Anyone with good sense is in favor of both.

    But I am absolutely NOT in favor of returning society to the 16th century level of technology and being totally dependent upon the misguided whimsy of a dictatorial government for survival.

    Keep voting Democrat and that is where we’ll wind up!

  3. Lots of problems. Pipelines always leak. Why not build a refinery in the Dakotas? Why run the product to the Gulf where every time there’s a bit of a blow or rain they shut down and prices skyrocket. This is expensive product and we are already energy independent. This stuff will just go off shore from the Gulf and be of little benefit to the US especially if they can figure out how to tie the Canadians in.

    1. Even if we accept your statement of “pipelines always leak”, the damage done is very small compared with loading and carrying oil in rail tanker cars. And the dangers are many times worse with trains. Remember the LacMegantic rail disaster- unattended 74 freight car train carrying Bakken oil (which this new pipeline will serve) rolled into town and killed 42 with 32 buildings destroyed? If we don’t continue to expand our resources the very small surplus will turn into a deficit. It takes so many years, even a decade, to develop oil resources that we can’t wait until there’s a shortage to do something. Pipelines work.

  4. This is not about being energy independent or we would not allow our natural gas and oil supplies to be exported .This is about profits for the companies and their stockholders . We would have enough if we kept what was already being removed .It is not just Democrats that are against this , I am a Republican and I don’t mean a RINO .

  5. Maybe placing a refinery in the Dakotas makes sense. BUT, the finished product would still need to be shipped away to whre ist is needed (there just inst that much energy need in Canada and the Northern tier of America. Maybe it is best to move the raw material rather than the finished product. I’m sure the economists have worked all that out. more refineries in the USA would make sense.

  6. I’m glad this mess is finally being settled. But what bothers me is how the Marxist dummycrats used the American Indians as pawns to try and stop the pipeline. Anytime someone mentioned to just go around the Indian’s land, it was never good enough for the dummycrats. And when the protest camps were finally broke up, they looked like the New York City dump. So much for protecting the environment. Once again dummycrats show they are all full of #$%@.

  7. Leslie, See Mark Pearson reply
    Hawkeye, An old adage says if you’re sitting still you’re losing the race. We are in a race with the rest of the world. As far as profits, if you have a retirement plan, you’re probably invested, either directly or indirectly. People don’t seem to understand that.

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