North Dakota Section of Dakota Access Pipeline 87 Percent Finished

Pipes being stacked for the Dakota Access oil pipeline last year at a staging site in Worthing, S.D. Credit Nati Harnik/Associated Press

Pipes being stacked for the Dakota Access oil pipeline last year at a staging site in Worthing, S.D.
Credit Nati Harnik/Associated Press

The North Dakota state section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is 87 percent complete despite construction delays due to protests, according to a construction report filed Wednesday.

According to the report, the majority of the steps made during construction of the pipeline are over 90 percent complete, with testing and cleanup behind at roughly 50 percent complete.

Construction delays have hit hard over the last few months because of protests, both peaceful and violent, during which protestors have blocked construction sites and locked themselves to construction equipment.

Construction within 20 miles of Lake Oahe has been temporary halted by the federal government so that permits may be reconsidered. A federal appeals court heard arguments on Wednesday but did not yet issue a ruling.

According to information from Reuters, the pipeline developers are losing more than $80 million each month construction is delayed. The pipeline had an estimated completion date of the end of this year, but now its completion date is uncertain due to delays near Lake Oahe.

Source:
Billings Gazette
Reuters