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By Renée Jean [email protected]
In the worst-case scenario, a leak from the Dakota Access pipeline would release 19,000 barrels — about 800,000 gallons — of oil at a location near Williston.
That is the maximum release on the North Dakota part of the 1,172-mile line, according to an analysis Dakota Access was required to complete as part of its permit application with the Public Service Commission.
Nineteen thousand barrels is a small fraction of what the pipeline would be able to carry if and when it is completed — 570,000 barrels per day. That’s possible because of advances in pipeline technology on multiple fronts.