The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday signed off on the final permits for the construction of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline that will run through North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, and Iowa.
Iowa was the last of the four states to approve the permits, which the Iowa Utilities Board and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources approved earlier this year. Now that the Corps have approved the permits, the pipeline has finally been given a green light for construction.
“Yesterday we received the Nationwide Permit 12 from the Army Corps of Engineers for all four states. We can now move forward with construction in all areas as quickly as possible in order to limit construction activities to one growing season and be in service by the end of this year,” said Lisa Dillinger, a spokeswoman for pipeline developer Dakota Access, in an email.
The final green light comes as good news for many while others have become heated over the Corps’ approval.
“We remain steadfast that oil will not follow through this pipeline. We’ll continue to fight tooth and nail — this is not a done deal. We need to leave this oil in the ground and turn the corner to true renewable energies like wind and solar that will create good jobs, protect our environment, and build our communities,” Adam Mason, State Policy Director at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, said in the release.
Members of the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now (MAIN) coalition applaud the approval of permits saying that the pipeline will provide many benefits to the security of the nation and economic future.
The Dakota Access Bakken pipeline is a $3.78 billion project that will run for 1,172 miles carrying crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois.