Proposed Energy Pipelines: Minimal Impact to New Jersey

The proposed Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines pose little impact to New Jersey due to the State’s robust, independent infrastructure and the lack of credible threats from anarchist or environmental extremist groups. The Dakota Access Pipeline will transport crude oil from the Bakken shale oil fields in northwest North Dakota to a terminal in Illinois, where it will travel to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico and the Midwest. The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed project awaiting US State Department approval, which will provide a more direct route to transport crude oil from Alberta to Nebraska.

  • New Jersey has no connection to the two pipelines and will not be impacted upon their completion. The petroleum supply chain to New Jersey operates independently through a robust infrastructure that includes four petroleum pipelines, marine imports, and two petroleum refineries.
  • While environmental and anarchist extremists have targeted pipeline construction outside of New Jersey, there have been no credible threats to pipeline infrastructure in the State. No New Jersey-based companies are invested in the Keystone XL Pipeline. However, multiple companies that have headquarters or locations in New Jersey have ownership stake in the Dakota Access Pipeline, manage its financing, or have a role in approving the project. Organized protest groups identify these companies as targets for peaceful protest.

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