Work is underway for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which starts in North Dakota, goes though South Dakota and Iowa and ends at the Patoka oil tank farm in northern Marion County.
About twelve miles of the line will go through the northeast part of Bond County.
Lisa Dillinger, spokesperson for Dakota Access LLC, told us the project in Bond County currently includes grading, clearing, temporary road construction, and the construction of temporary fences, leading up to trenching in the next few months.
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Dillinger said the pipeline brings many economic benefits to Illinois, including local businesses seeing a rise in business and profits; the hiring of 100% union contractors on the project including 50% from local union halls; a state sales tax generating over $16 million this year; a $3 million local sales tax revenue; and $750,000 in property tax revenue in the first year.
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Ninety-nine percent of the easements in Illinois have been secured from landowners. There will be 15.81 miles of the pipeline in southwest Montgomery County 11.10 miles in Fayette County, and 5.86 miles in Marion County. Once completed, the entire pipeline will be 1,172 miles long.