Energy Transfer Partners remains full committed to expanding capacity on Dakota Access Pipeline to 1.1 million BOPD as it challenges from the Dakota Sioux Tribe in federal court efforts to shut down the crude oil pipeline.
“Expect additional capacity to service commitments received through recent open seasons to be in-service in the third quarter of 2021,” the company said.
Energy Transfer originally estimated expansion costs at between $35 million and $40 million which would include expansion of the compressor station at Johnsons Corner near Watford City and a new compressor station at Linton, ND.
The company continues to anticipate Williston Basin crude oil production increasing between 350,000 to 450,000 BOPD over the next five years.
The 36-inch crude oil pipeline runs 1,172 miles from Stanley, ND to Patoka, IL.
The US Army Corps of Engineers, supported by Energy Transfer, maintains that it met all the requirements for environmental analysis before the pipeline even crossed under Lake Oahe.
A separate analysis by Washington, DC-based ClearView Energy Partners LLC said it’s now up to the tribes to file a motion that meets the four criteria for securing an injunction if they believe the pipeline should be shut down.
Analysts said the motion could include evidence of irreparable injury and affirmation that remedies available at law, such as monetary damages, are inadequate to compensate for that injury. The tribes also must show that considering the balance of hardships between the plaintiff and defendant, a remedy in equity is warranted, and public interest would not be disserved by a permanent injunction.
“If the tribes can make the case that these criteria are met, we would expect Judge James Boasberg to grant an injunction,” ClearView analysts said. “However, demonstrating an irreparable injury can be challenging.”
An injunction stopped his original order that all crude oil had to be emptied from the pipeline while environmental analysis was on going. Several motions are expected from both sides this month.