Now that construction of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline is complete, it’s only a matter of time before the line begins transporting crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken region to key refining markets.
First announced in 2014, this $3.78 billion infrastructure project has already resulted in countless economic and fiscal benefits for communities throughout the Midwest. Whether it was as big as a multi-million dollar purchase from an American heavy equipment manufacturer like John Deere or a record setting season for a family-owned ice cream store, it is clear that this project made a difference in the lives of many.
“The Dakota Access Pipeline has already meant jobs for thousands of Midwesterners and billions of dollars in economic activity,” said MAIN Coalition spokesman Craig Stevens. “Siting, constructing, and operating this pipeline is a testament to the expertise and dedication of community leaders, government officials, engineers, and laborers – all working together to develop and safely transport our nation’s energy resources. Now that the pipeline is operational, it will help fuel our nation’s economy for decades to come.
“We are hopeful that President Trump continues to alleviate regulatory hurdles and uncertainty, allowing our nation’s infrastructure to grow and our manufacturing and agricultural sectors to flourish,” Stevens added.
Environmentally sensitive, economically beneficial, and vital to our nation’s energy future – projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline are critical to creating jobs and strengthening our economy.
The demonized Dakota Access Pipeline will go into service soon, likely early this week, and will begin delivering 470,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil every day to a distribution hub, providing better access to important markets. In all the pandemonium over the pipeline, with months of noisy protests, the importance of the pipeline to North Dakota has been overshadowed.
The Dakota Access Pipeline will make North Dakota’s roads and railroad crossings safer, a big plus for public safety. It has the capacity to eliminate 500 to 740 rail cars or more than 250 trucks each day.
The $3.8 billion pipeline will bring as much as $100 million a year in additional tax revenue to North Dakota, a welcome infusion as the state struggles with low prices for energy and farm commodities. It will transform the economics of oil production by reducing transportation costs an estimated $3 a barrel. By increasing the competition among existing pipelines, it will help to further alleviate transportation costs. High transportation costs have long dogged Bakken producers.
A new analysis by The Associated Press finds that North Dakota will gain over $110 million annually in tax revenue after oil begins flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline. The $3.8 billion pipeline, which is set to come online later this month, will provide a safer, cost efficient avenue for Bakken drillers to ship product to key refining markets in Illinois and the Gulf Coast.
North Dakota in the past decade has become the second-biggest oil producer in the United States, behind Texas. But its location in the northern Plains, far from major oil markets, means less profit on each barrel of oil. North Dakota lowers its tax on each barrel to keep its crude competitive with other states.
Much of North Dakota’s oil is shipped by truck or train. The 1,200 Dakota Access pipeline would carry the oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. It could shave shipping costs by more than $3 a barrel, according to Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. State tax officials estimate every dollar saved means about $33.6 million in added tax revenue each year.
In addition to oil tax revenue, the Dakota Access Pipeline also stands to generate upwards of $55 million annually in property taxes, including $10 million in North Dakota. “It’s going to benefit schools and counties and more valuation means lower property tax bills for everybody,” said North Dakota tax commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger.