Dakota Access 4-H Donation

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Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC donated $60,000 to the Illinois 4-H Foundation to fund 4-H youth development programs in 12 Illinois counties. Pipeline officials presented the 4-H donation, along with a $60,000 check to the Illinois FFA Foundation, Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville. The funds will be used to benefit 4-H youth programs in the 12 Illinois counties the pipeline traverses. Those counties are Adams, Bond, Brown, Fayette, Hancock, Macoupin, Marion, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, and Scott counties.

Lisa Dillinger, public relations and communications director for Energy Transfer, said the company wanted its donation to reach the youth who will shape the communities of the 50 counties they impact. “4-H and FFA were easy choices to make when determining recipients,” Dillinger said. Emergency medical service agencies will also receive financial support from the company.

“We want to support youth who are our future leaders in these communities,” said Chuck Frey, vice president of liquids engineering for Energy Transfer, who spoke with 4-H members during the presentation.

Each county will determine how to best use the funds provided. Liz Miller, U of I Extension 4-H youth development educator, said the $10,000 they will receive will help provide much needed program supplies for Bond and Marion counties.

Butch Till, operations manager for Energy Transfer, provided information about the construction of the 1,200-mile pipeline running through North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. This section of pipe connects to pipelines near Patoka which run to the coast. Nearly 8.5 million barrels of crude oil fill the pipeline which began operation in June and took about nine months to build.

“Illinois 4-H empowers and prepares Illinois youth for success by providing opportunities where they learn, practice, and demonstrate skills needed for home, career, and global citizenship,” says Angie Barnard, Illinois 4-H Foundation executive director. “We are very appreciative of Dakota Access supporting the future of Illinois through its youth and we look forward to seeing the 12 counties put the funds toward new and creative ideas related to science, hands-on education and learning.”

SOURCEPhoto courtesy of 4-H
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