Energy Transfer Partners Plans to Double the Pipeline Capacity

Energy Transfer Partners plans to double the Dakota Access pipeline's capacity from more than 500,000 barrels per day to as much as 1.1 million barrels, The Bismarck Tribune reported.

The pipeline carries oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. The expansion will meet growing demand without additional pipelines or rail shipments, the company told North Dakota Public Service Commission in a letter on Wednesday.

Before the pipeline was completed and began moving oil in 2017, it sparked massive protests near the Standing Rock Indian reservation. The company said last year that it was planning to ship more crude to the Gulf Coast.


New Approved Law in Iowa Increases Punishment of Pipeline Sabotage

Criminal sabotage of Iowa pipelines could result in heavier punishment under new laws approved by the Iowa Legislature in its 2018 session.

After millions of dollars of damage to the Dakota Access Pipeline, measures were drafted by state homeland security officials creating a new crime of “critical infrastructure sabotage” which is a class B felony and punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000.

The Republican-led Iowa Senate rejected an amendment that would have clearly excluded picketing or other public demonstrations from being banned.

Hundreds of Iowans protested the construction of the pipeline, and many were arrested, but owners wanted a law that specifically included “critical infrastructure” so criminals could be charged when their operations are damaged.    
Although most protests were peaceful, some protestors intended to delay completion of the pipeline project.

Des Moines Register


Train Accident Spills 230,000 Gallons of Oil, Service Resumed

BNSF Railway Co stated on Monday that service will be resumed Tuesday on tracks in northwestern Iowa where a train left the track and spilled crude oil from derailed cars.

The derailing occurred near Doon, Iowa on Friday, sending 32 rail cars off the track with an estimated 230,000 gallons of spilled oil into flood waters including a nearby river.

The train included close to 58,000 barrels of crude oil traveling from Western Canada to Stroud, Oklahoma for oil producer ConocoPhillips, a Conoco spokesman said. The oil company said it doesn’t expect any serious disruption to its shipments due to the accident.

BNSF said in a statement that the crew is nearly finished removing the oil damage from the incident as well as repairing the tracks.

Booms have been placed “approximately five miles downstream to capture any oil that may have traveled with floodwaters through nearby fields.” said the railroad company.

BNSF has not said what caused the train accident. No injuries or fire resulted from the incident.