Energy Transfer Partners LP, the developer of the pipeline, had previously said the project would be in service in the first quarter, which was delayed from its original projection of the fourth quarter of 2016. Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for Energy Transfer, didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.
President Donald Trump last month issued a memorandum asking that approval for the 1,172-mile (1,887-kilometer) be expedited. The project has been stalled since September, when the Obama administration said it needed to review previous decisions to allow the pipeline. Trump’s decision came after months of heated protest against the project.
The pipeline is more than 95 percent complete, and the timing guidance is pending issuance of the final easement needed from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Phillips 66 said in a statement Friday. The oil refiner has a 25 percent stake in joint ventures to develop Dakota Access and the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline projects.
Energy Transfer owns the Dakota Access project with Phillips 66 and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP. Marathon Petroleum Corp. and Enbridge Energy Partners LP announced a venture in August that would also take a minority stake in the pipeline.