The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing in Linton on Wednesday, Nov. 13, regarding a proposal for a pump station that would be added to the Dakota Access Pipeline in Emmons County.

Dakota Access LLC is proposing to construct a pump station that will consist of five 6,000 horsepower electrically driven motors and pumps contained within a building, which will allow the pipeline to increase its current maximum capacity of 600,000 barrels per day to up to 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day. The proposed project does not include construction of additional mainline pipe. The estimated cost of the project is $35 to $40 million.

Dakota Access is an approximately 358 mile long crude oil pipeline that starts in the Bakken region of North Dakota and ends in Illinois. In North Dakota, the pipeline runs through Mountrail, Williams, McKenzie, Dunn, Mercer, Morton and Emmons counties.

The pump station would be located approximately five miles west of Linton on Highway 13.

At the hearing the commission will hear the company’s plans for the project and take public input. The factors the commission will consider in the permitting decision are whether the proposed facility modifications will be located, constructed and operated in a manner that minimizes adverse human and environmental impacts while maintaining system integrity and ensuring the fulfillment of energy needs in an orderly fashion.

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The public hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in the Emmons County Courthouse auditorium in Linton. The courthouse is located at 100 4th St. SW.

The hearing provides an opportunity for the public to contribute to the PSC’s official record. Any comments from members of the public must be received at the hearing to be part of the record. People with concerns, questions or support/opposition for the project are encouraged to attend the hearing and present their information. In­formation received after the hearing will not be part of the official record and cannot be used as a basis for the commission’s decision unless certain additional procedures are followed.