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Texas company proposes oil pipeline through Iowa

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm •  Published: July 10, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas company wants to build a 1,100-mile pipeline that would cut diagonally across Iowa from northwest to southeast and carry millions of gallons of crude oil a day extracted from western North Dakota's oil fields.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP said the proposed 30-inch diameter pipeline would initially have the capacity to carry 13 million gallons daily but that could be increased. The company said in a statement it is a cost-effective and environmentally responsible way to reduce the reliance on truck and rail transportation.

The company said wants to have the pipeline in service by the end of 2016. Its board has approved the pipeline, and the company has begun ordering steel and negotiating construction contracts.

The Iowa Utilities Board, which has regulatory oversight of pipeline projects, has not yet received the required petitions from the company. Those are necessary to begin a formal permit review process, spokesman Rob Hillesland said.

Crude oil pipeline construction in Iowa is regulated by a section of the Iowa Code that requires the company to hold informational meetings in each affected county at least 30 days before filing a petition seeking a permit.

A map of the pipeline proposal shows it would begin in western North Dakota, head southeast through South Dakota and enter the northwest corner of Iowa. It would cross 17 Iowa counties passing near Sioux Center and Storm Lake and cutting between Ames and Ankeny and toward Keokuk in the state's southeast corner. After leaving Iowa, it crosses the Mississippi River and ends in Patoka, Illinois.

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