A Fast Lane To Refinery Row
The Dakota Access Pipeline promises to provide a safer and more direct route for U.S. crude traveling to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico. Currently oil from the Bakken in North Dakota must take "circuitous route through the Rocky Mountains or the Midwest and into Oklahoma, before heading south" according to Reuters, and much of that hauling is now being handled by trains and trucks, which as recent history shows, are not the safest method of transport.
The new pipeline is so much more direct and so large that it could "upend the movement of oil throughout the country."
Pending regulatory approval, the pipeline is projected to be in service by the fourth quarter of 2016.