Coming in at over 1,100 miles in length, the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL for short) carries oil through four U.S. states to connect with the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline (ETCOP) and onwards to the Gulf Coast.
The DAPL faced scrutiny over environmental impacts and drew international attention from the protests at Standing Rock Reservation. Although several citizens in Iowa and the Dakotas opposed the pipeline, it was deemed necessary in order to move crude oil to the Gulf Coast. Dakota Access argued that the pipeline would improve the overall safety to the public, aid the U.S. in attaining energy independence, as well as act as a more reliable and safer method of transporting crude oil to refineries compared to railway or road transportation.
PipeSak® pipeline weights were used on multiple spreads of this project because the quality, safety, and environmental awareness we have always been known for. PipeSak® pipeline weights are the only geotextile pipeline weight with an engineered multi-compartment design that safely and evenly distributes weight. The non-leaching, permeable geotextile fabric allows ground water to flow through them, making them as environmentally friendly as the aggregate used to fill them.