The AMG pipeline sits atop the South Dakota oil fields, where it carries the largest amount of crude oil from the Bakken Shale to refineries in Oklahoma and South Dakota.
This massive crude oil pipeline has been in operation since the early 2000s and has been the subject of multiple environmental reviews, and in 2011, the National Academy of Sciences released a report finding that the pipeline could pose an environmental risk, and the Department of Energy has pledged to reduce its emissions.
The AMS report found that the project would significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2014, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved an amendment to the pipeline to add a section of the pipeline that would not only block a certain route but also a large amount of existing pipeline infrastructure.
The amendment was passed after AMG officials warned the project’s opponents that it could cause irreparable harm to the environment.
The new amendment allows AMG to continue constructing the pipeline, even though the company has not yet submitted a detailed environmental impact statement.
The pipeline would also cross into the Nebraska-Iowa border and into Montana.
On Thursday, the Montana Department of Natural Resources issued a permit to the AMG Energy Pipeline to continue to build its pipeline in Montana, and on Friday, the Army Corps of Engineers granted a permit for AMG Petroleum Pipeline to build a pipeline through the state.
The permit is still pending, and AMG has not released a formal environmental impact study, but according to the Montana Oil and gas Conservation Commission, the permit would allow AMG the right to continue building a pipeline even if the company does not have a detailed plan to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
On Friday, Amgen announced it had received a permit from the Montana Interior Department to begin building the AMP-4 pipeline.
According to the company, the project will also have a “great deal of natural gas, which will have a significant effect on Montana’s economy.”
The AMP pipeline has already been under review by the Army Corp of Engineers.
On May 26, the Corps approved the permit, which allows AMP Petroleum to begin constructing its pipeline.
The Department of Interior and Montana Gov.
Steve Bullock announced the decision on May 27.
“With a permit granted today, the AM-4 project is moving forward with the necessary permitting to ensure the safety of Montana’s energy infrastructure and the safety and well-being of our residents,” Bullock said in a statement.
On Monday, AMG told the Associated Press that it plans to build the pipeline.
“We are excited to begin construction on this project, and look forward to building on the benefits of this pipeline to Montana’s environment,” the company said in an email to the AP.
“The pipeline will reduce methane emissions, which have been shown to be a significant contributor to climate change, and help mitigate methane emissions that are linked to oil spills, fires, and other events.
This is an important project that will benefit the state and the nation as we transition to cleaner energy.”