It’s safe to say the Dakota Access Pipeline has received one of the most thorough reviews of a domestic infrastructure project in recent memory. For many of us this project has been a long time coming, but even just this weekend, despite all permitting decisions completed, opponents of the project are still attempting to halt its progress because according to their message, nobody was listening.
But the facts show this just isn’t true. Everyone had a fair opportunity to present their interests and multiple jurisdictions approved this project independently of one another.
Don’t believe us? Let’s take a look at the numbers:
- 3 North Dakota Public Services Commission Hearings
- 4 South Dakota Public Utility Board Meetings
- 18 Iowa IUB Meetings in each county along the pipeline route
- Nearly a month of official testimony in front of the Iowa Utilities Board
- Nearly a year and a half of review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
And that doesn’t even take into account the thousands of comments and letters sent in to each jurisdiction throughout a nearly two year process. So if two years of time in front of public servants from four states and the federal government isn’t enough time to make a case then it’s hard to imagine any scenario where opponents of Dakota Access would be satisfied.