ESPN has unveiled its top 10 pipeline stories of 2017, and it’s one of the biggest in recent memory.ESPN and the BBC were in full production mode on the Williams pipeline and the other key infrastructure projects that have a direct impact on people’s lives.
The ESPN team went deep with their investigative reporting on the pipeline, which the network’s senior vice president of investigative reporting and production, Dan Koehn, said he was “totally blown away by.”
The project, known as the Dakota Access Pipeline, was awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2016.
ESPN has been closely tracking the project since its first phase began in July 2016, but Koehne told reporters that he and his team were surprised to see how many people were concerned about it.
Koehn told reporters the pipeline’s impact on the health of people in South Dakota, who are predominantly Native American, and the surrounding area is “unprecedented.”
Koehnes’ team spent months tracking the Dakota Pipeline’s construction and the construction of the pipeline itself, which began in January 2016.
That’s when construction crews started to dig trenches, which were filled with dirt and then covered with cement and cement mix.
In May, a second tunnel was completed, covering an area of 2,100 square miles (5,000 square kilometers).
In November, the final portion of the Dakota pipeline, known by the more common name of the Keystone XL, was completed.
The pipeline was supposed to carry oil from Canada through Iowa to refineries in Illinois and Ohio, but a massive fire destroyed the pipeline in April 2017, forcing the U.S. to shut down all of the northern sections of the project.
Kanehn said ESPN was able to get inside the Dakota project in a way that’s never been done before.
Koeson and his colleagues also spent time with the Morton County Sheriff’s Department to get a look at how the Morton community is coping with the effects of the pipe fire.
He said that there’s a lot of people who were just trying to survive, but he said the pipeline was a “very big change in the climate.”
The Williamson Pipeline was built by Energy Transfer Partners, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Corporation, and was intended to transport crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to refiners in Illinois.
It’s not clear when or how much crude oil was used to make the pipeline.
In March, the U,S.
Army Corps (USACE) awarded the pipeline a contract worth up to $3.6 billion.
The project was supposed have completed by June 2020.
But a series of incidents have forced the company to temporarily suspend the project, and in early 2018, the pipeline exploded, killing four people.
Kroehne said that while there’s still a lot to learn about the pipeline and its impact on residents in South Carolina, the project was a huge step in the right direction.
“This was a project that’s going to impact people’s health, the environment and our environment,” Koehm said.
“And it’s really exciting to see the progress that’s being made.”
The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted online through Monday.