North Dakota PSC sets Nov. 13 hearing on expanding DAPL

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota regulators have set a Nov. 13 public hearing on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Texas-based Energy Transfer wants to double the capacity of the line to as much as 1.1 million barrels daily. The pipeline has been moving North Dakota oil through to a shipping point in Illinois since 2017.

The Standing Rock Sioux, which led original opposition to the pipeline , had sought a hearing. The tribe said expanding capacity would increase the likelihood and consequences of a spill. The pipeline is routed less than half a mile from the band's reservation, beneath a Missouri River reservoir that provides the tribe's drinking water.

The public hearing will be held in Linton, near where a pump station would go in to increase the line's capacity.