Dakota Access: Energy Transfer Partners Bakken Oil Pipeline Through Iowa

This DeSmog investigative series explores the controversial proposed Dakota Access pipeline owned by Fortune 500 company Energy Transfer Partners that would shuttle Bakken oil from North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, cutting through Iowa.

On February 3, 2015, Energy Transfer Partners named Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas and Trump Energy Secretary nominee, to its Board of Directors. While Perry's spokesman claimed in repeated news stories that Perry would not publicly advocate for the pipeline in Iowa — the host of the Iowa Caucuses that typically determines the Republican candidate for president — Perry had already promoted the pipeline in a TV interview airing on February 1, just two days before he joined the board of the company. Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren, a major donor who contributed $250,000 to Perry's 2012 presidential race super PAC, was on the advisory board of Rick PAC, which served as Perry's 2016 presidential campaign war chest.

What will be the fate of the proposed Dakota Access pipeline — which faces stiff opposition from conservatives and liberals alike for its risks to property rights, threat to Native American water sources and cultural sites, prized agricultural lands, and the environment — in the Trump administration? 

In this series

Rover pipeline about to be laid underground next to a home in Ohio
After taking heat last fall for destroying sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the owner...
By Steve Horn, 21 May, 2017
Tony Fabrizio
The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF), a conservative advocacy, lobbying, and electioneering...
By Steve Horn and ..., 3 May, 2017
SWAT team
By Steve Horn and Curtis Waltman At the end of 2016, as a mix of sheriffs, police, and private...
By Steve Horn, 27 Apr, 2017
Homeland Security report calling pipeline activists potential terrorists
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a report titled, “Potential Domestic...
By Steve Horn, 23 Apr, 2017
sections of steel pipe for a gas pipeline
The April 7 deadline has come and gone for public comments on President Donald Trump's executive...
By Steve Horn, 14 Apr, 2017
The Dakota Access pipeline being built in central Iowa
Quietly and behind the scenes, a front group funded by the Koch family fortune has lobbied and...
By Steve Horn, 8 Apr, 2017
Rick Perry
Federal lobbying disclosure forms for the first quarter of 2017 show that Jeff Miller, campaign...
By Steve Horn, 5 Apr, 2017
Oil train cars
By Steve Horn and Justin Mikulka One of the arguments often made for building more oil pipelines...
By Steve Horn, 3 Apr, 2017
Pipes stamped with 'Made in Canada'
At his February 16 press conference, President Donald Trump discussed his executive orders calling...
By Steve Horn, 19 Feb, 2017
Oil train cars sitting on rail tracks
In response to the ongoing battle over the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, the oil...
By Steve Horn, 17 Feb, 2017
The day after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave the owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL...
By Steve Horn, 15 Feb, 2017
Oil spill in Blue Ridge, Texas
On January 30, 600,000 gallons (14,285 barrels) of oil spewed out of Enbridge's Seaway Pipeline in...
By Steve Horn, 9 Feb, 2017
Donald Trump
If President Donald Trump expected to hear roars of approval from the pipeline industry after this...
By Sharon Kelly, 26 Jan, 2017
On January 24, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders calling for the approval of the...
By Steve Horn, 24 Jan, 2017
Dakota Access
Shaun King, a writer for the New York Daily News, has uploaded what appears to be a recorded audio...
By Steve Horn, 15 Dec, 2016
Rick Perry
Former Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry, a boardmember of Energy Transfer Partners — owner of ...
By Steve Horn, 13 Dec, 2016
Pipeline protesters outside of TD Bank in Philadelphia.
The day after the Obama administration announced that the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) project...
By Sharon Kelly, 6 Dec, 2016
Left, Ayn Rand. Right, Martin Luther King, Jr. mug shot
By Branko Marcetic Colonel John W. Henderson has some peculiar heroes. Little is known about the...
By Guest, 29 Nov, 2016
A helicopter over the Standing Rock encampment
One of the few helicopters authorized to fly within the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA...
By Steve Horn, 6 Nov, 2016
Dakota Access pipeline construction near Lake Oahe
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has confirmed to DeSmog that Energy Transfer Partners, the owner...
By Steve Horn, 5 Nov, 2016
Screen shot of Robert Crear.
Robert Crear, one of the lobbyists working for Dakota Access pipeline co-owners Energy Transfer...
By Steve Horn, 3 Nov, 2016
President Barack Obama, in an interview with Versha Sharma of NowThis News, said that the U.S. Army...
By Steve Horn, 2 Nov, 2016
TigerSwan is one of several security firms under investigation for its work guarding the Dakota...
By Steve Horn, 28 Oct, 2016
Almost exactly 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill creating an interstate...
By Steve Horn, 27 Oct, 2016
militarized police at Dakota Access pipeline protests.
In a chaotic scene Saturday, October 22, law enforcement officers in riot gear used pepper spray...
By Larry Buhl, 25 Oct, 2016
A private firm that conducted the environmental review for the highly contentious Dakota Access...
By Itai Vardi, 25 Sep, 2016
Left, Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto and right, U.S. President Barack Obama
On September 9, the Obama administration revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota...
By Steve Horn, 20 Sep, 2016
Screenshot of fake Twitter account criticizing DAPL protesters.
A DeSmog investigation has revealed the possibility that a front group supporting the controversial...
By Steve Horn, 15 Sep, 2016
Standing Rock Security
G4S, a company hiring security staff to guard the hotly contested Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL),...
By Steve Horn, 13 Sep, 2016
By Larry Buhl and Steve Horn Friday afternoon brought a roller coaster of emotions for the...
By Larry Buhl, 9 Sep, 2016
Dakota Access oil pipeline installation between farms, as seen from 50th Avenue in New Salem, North Dakota.
In the two months leading up to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to issue to the Dakota...
By Steve Horn, 8 Sep, 2016
Tribe members and their supporters march with signs protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
On Tuesday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. halted construction on a portion of the contentious...
By Larry Buhl, 6 Sep, 2016
Continental Resources — the company founded and led by CEO Harold Hamm, energy adviser to Donald...
By Steve Horn, 6 Sep, 2016
U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) recently came out in support of the Dakota Access pipeline, the...
By Steve Horn, 1 Sep, 2016
Tribal members in traditional clothing protest the pipeline.
The Standing Rock tribe has filed a lawsuit against the U.S Army Corps of Engineers for using the...
By Steve Horn, 29 Aug, 2016
As the February 1 Iowa Caucuses loom, the Hawkeye State sits as the proverbial last man standing in...
By Steve Horn, 30 Jan, 2016
An attorney in Lee County, Iowa has decided not to press charges against a right-of-way contracting...
By Steve Horn, 28 Oct, 2015
By David Goodner Texas-based Fortune 500 company Energy Transfer Partners claims to have signed...
By Guest, 19 Jun, 2015
By Steve Horn and David Goodner A DeSmog investigation has uncovered the identity of a land agent...
By Steve Horn, 28 May, 2015
By David Goodner and Steve Horn  Everyday Iowa voters are less likely to caucus for former Texas...
By Steve Horn, 4 Mar, 2015
Iowa flag
By David Goodner Energy Transfer Partners, a Fortune 500 corporation attempting to build a...
By Guest, 1 Mar, 2015
By David Goodner When 24-year old Iowa native Kevin Rutledge first heard that former Texas...
By Guest, 17 Feb, 2015
Rick Perry Bakken Pipeline
By David Goodner  Rick Perry's Iowa spokesman says the potential presidential candidate won't...
By Guest, 12 Feb, 2015
By David Goodner Former Texas governor Rick Perry's recent appointment to the board of Energy...
By Guest, 8 Feb, 2015
Additional Reporting by David Goodner Former Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry has joined the...
By Steve Horn, 6 Feb, 2015