WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A company proposing a $3.8 billion oil pipeline
from western North Dakota to Illinois has received permission for a
large crude terminal near Watford City, along with heavy criticism for
what some landowners say is arrogance.
The McKenzie County
Commission on Tuesday approved zoning for the terminal, one of six
planned in the North Dakota oil patch for the proposed 1,134-mile Dakota
Access Pipeline, The Bismarck Tribune reported.
pipeline would move oil from the Bakken formation through South Dakota
and Iowa to a terminal in Patoka, Illinois, for distribution to
refineries in eastern states. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners
wants it operating by the end of 2016. It still needs federal and state
permits, along with easements from private landowners along the proposed
pipeline route to access their land.
Some landowners say the company's negotiating style is overbearing, with threats of eminent domain and condemnation.
company is using a "take it or leave it" tactic, Howdy Lawler said, and
his father, Rick, said "they don't give a rip about anything but their
Commissioner Kathy Skarda said she has received numerous
phone calls from landowners upset about the company's negotiating
"Why do we want to reward bad behavior and the lack of
respect given to them by your company?" she asked company spokesman
Chuck Frey. "That's very concerning to me."
Frey apologized and
said some land agents "that were not representing our company in that
way we want it represented" had been removed or replaced.