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Jason Parrott / TSPR

The around-the-clock encampment near the site in Lee County where the Dakota Access pipeline will cross the Mississippi River swelled to more than 250 people last Saturday morning and afternoon. Opponents of the pipeline said even more people are needed if they are going to permanently halt construction.

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The construction of a new crude oil pipeline from North Dakota to southern Illinois is expected to create as many as 12,000 construction jobs. A majority of those jobs are expected to go to union workers, which has local labor eager to get to work.

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The proposed Dakota Access pipeline could bring an economic boom to communities along its 1,100+ mile path stretching from the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota to the small town of Pakota in southern Illinois.  One Iowa-based economist wants to make sure residents and local governments tame their expectations from the project.

Dakota Access Pipeline: Homeowner's Insurance

Mar 14, 2015
Jason Parrott

The Dakota Access pipeline is not likely to impact homeowner’s insurance, said Kerry Klepfer, vice president of sales at KSB Insurance in Keokuk. “If you have a crude oil pipeline on your property, the insurance companies do not have a problem with that," Klepfer said. Gerald and Tammy Brewer, homeowners in Lee County, were told differently when they spoke with their insurance agent about how a pipeline running through their property would impact their homeowner's policy.

Dakota Access Pipeline: Risk of Explosion

Mar 14, 2015
Abby Wendle

The Bakken crude oil that Dakota Access plans to pump through its pipeline is more prone to explosion, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

PHMSA was prompted to investigate the volatility of Bakken crude oil, which comes from the Bakken formation in North Dakota, after three separate railroad accidents in Alabama, North Dakota, and Quebec led to explosions and dozens of fatalities.

TSPR's Jason Parrott

Dakota Access will have to run its proposed crude oil pipeline beneath the Mississippi River, which is a cause for concern for some in Keokuk.  That concern stems from the fact that the city relies on the Mississippi River for its most precious resource.