WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - A company proposing a $3.8 billion oil pipeline from western North Dakota to Illinois has received permission for a large crude terminal near Watford City, along with heavy criticism for what some landowners say is arrogance.
The McKenzie County Commission on Tuesday approved zoning for the terminal, one of six planned in the North Dakota oil patch for the proposed 1,134-mile Dakota Access Pipeline, The Bismarck Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/1GYCprC ).
The pipeline would move oil from the Bakken formation through South Dakota and Iowa to a terminal in Patoka, Illinois, for distribution to refineries in eastern states. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners wants it operating by the end of 2016. It still needs federal and state permits, along with easements from private landowners along the proposed pipeline route to access their land.
Some landowners say the company’s negotiating style is overbearing, with threats of eminent domain and condemnation.
The company is using a “take it or leave it” tactic, Howdy Lawler said, and his father, Rick, said “they don’t give a rip about anything but their wallets.”
Commissioner Kathy Skarda said she has received numerous phone calls from landowners upset about the company’s negotiating style.
“Why do we want to reward bad behavior and the lack of respect given to them by your company?” she asked company spokesman Chuck Frey. “That’s very concerning to me.”
Frey apologized and said some land agents “that were not representing our company in that way we want it represented” had been removed or replaced.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com
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