About the Dakota Access Pipeline

The Dakota Access Pipeline Keeps America Moving Efficiently and in an Environmentally Safe Manner


he Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,172-mile underground state of the art 30” pipeline extending from the Bakken/Three Forks production area in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline transports domestically-produced, light, sweet crude oil from North Dakota to major refining markets in a more direct, cost-effective, safer and more environmentally responsible manner than other modes of transportation, including rail or truck. The pipeline began service on June 1, 2017.

At today’s production volumes, the pipeline will transport half of the total production coming from the Bakken, facilitating royalties from production to the landowners and state, and to many Native Americans who have oil and gas leases or production on reservation property.  The Dakota Access Pipeline created roughly 10,000 jobs during construction and is a critical link from the Bakken formation, which supports more than 80,000 North Dakota jobs. It has brought hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in heavy equipment and thousands of construction jobs to the state.  DAPL has already spent over $3.54 billion in construction and development of the pipeline and continues to invest hundreds of millions a month into the U.S. economy.

Key Facts

  • The entire Dakota Access Pipeline is buried underground.
  • 99.98% of the pipeline is installed on privately owned property in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. The remaining 0.02% is owned by the Federal Government.
  • The Dakota Access Pipeline has been built to be one of the safest, most technologically advanced pipelines in the world.
  • The Dakota Access Pipeline can eliminate 500-740 rail cars, and/or 250+ trucks needed to transport crude oil every day.

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