Keystone XL denial affected Dakota Access Pipeline strategy, executive says

BISMARCK — The denial of the Keystone XL pipeline affected how the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline executed its strategy, one of its engineering executives said Tuesday at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference.

Joey Mahmoud, the senior vice president of engineering for Energy Transfer Partners, said the $3.78 billion pipeline project now in the early stages of being built emphasized using labor unions and avoiding federal lands as the company watched Keystone XL fail to get built.

Mahmoud said 96 percent of the 1,168-mile, 450,000-barrel-a-day crude oil pipeline’s route from Stanley, N.D., to Patoka, Ill., is set and the project should be completed by the end of 2016. However, about 50 miles of the pipeline’s proposed route in Iowa are still awaiting approval and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still needs to approve river crossings.

“Developing a project of this magnitude in this economy, under this administration, has been very difficult,” Mahmoud said.

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