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.