Energy Transfer is committed to restoring the land to preconstruction elevations and contours, protecting the top soil, and repairing and replacing any impacts to drain tiles or drainage systems traversed by the pipeline. The team has enlisted the services of Key Agricultural Services, Inc. of Macomb, IL and Duraroot of Colorado Springs, CO to serve as independent sources of agriculture expertise to advise and monitor the acquisition, construction and reclamation processes.
Key Agricultural Services and Duraroot will work alongside Energy Transfer with landowners along the route to develop site-specific agricultural mitigations plans to ensure the full restoration of all impacted land. ETP’s commitment to landowners extends from initial surveys to the reclamation of land after construction through the ongoing operation and maintenance of the proposed crude oil pipeline that will carry domestically produced oil through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois.
The Dakota Access Pipeline will compensate landowners fairly for easements and are focused on avoiding or minimizing potential impacts to yields and top soil. Once approved by the state, the agriculture-crossing plan will be presented to each landowner for comment. The pipeline will be covered by a minimum of 36 inches of soil and more if it crosses under roads, rivers, lakes or streams. The pipeline will be buried under a minimum of 48 inches on agricultural land. Drain tiles will be crossed with a minimum of 24 inches of separation between the pipe and the drain tile, and topsoil will be segregated during construction to a minimum of 12 inches or in accordance with landowner requirements. As a result of these precautions, agriculture can resume as soon as the land is ready. We will compensate for crop damages as a result of the pipeline construction.