WILLISTON, N.D. - Some oil companies are still applying for permits to build pipelines that would connect to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
That's despite the fact the Army Corps of Engineers has denied the easement for the crossing under Lake Oahe.
There are five pipelines that connect to the Dakota Access Pipeline that have already been approved by the Public Service Commision, and two more that are in the approval process.
One of those lines is the Savage Bakken Connector, a two-mile pipeline near Williston that could transport up to 60,000 barrels a day of crude oil to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
As of right now, construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has stopped, but members of the PSC see the project as fully-approved in their minds.
“To my mind, the Dakota Access is clarified from this commission's position. We made a decision, the appeal period is over, our decision is done. I just think that all this rhetoric is going on on the pipeline, it continues to frustrate me because the process has been followed. The appeal period is long since over here. Now this has been going on since August, we've seen nothing from anybody, the case is behind us, it's time to move forward,” says Brian Kalk, Public Service Commissioner.
The PSC set a hearing date for Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at the NDSU Williston Research extension.