The legals in this morning’s Aberdeen paper announce an auction of interest to blog readers and pipeliners:
On August 15, you can bid at auction on 2,000 sections of the Canadian steel pipeline stockpiled this spring six miles west of Aberdeen. The auction takes place at the Brown County Courthouse at 2 p.m. on Saturday August 15, at the height of the Brown County Fair. Just think: instead of coming home from the fair with a few yardsticks and a stuffed donkey, you could truck home your very own 80-foot-by-30-inch steel pipe, suitable for making the biggest darn spud gun in your county! Or you could buy the whole lot and build yourself a 30-mile pipeline.
The pipeline came by train to Brown County in preparation for construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, planned to carry Bakken oil across South Dakota to Illinois for refining. Those 2,000 links would equal over 130 train car loads; my eyeball-recollection of the trains rumbling through Aberdeen last March suggests that 2,000 links are only a fraction of the stockpile.
The legal notice says the auction is taking place under SDCL 44-14-3, which addresses satisfaction of liens in self-service storage facilities. It would appear that Dakota Access, Energy Transfer and/or steel manufacturer Evraz may have gotten behind on its rent to landowner Todd Ochsner, who is hosting the pipeline stockpile near his Concord Grain elevator. I’ve contacted Ochsner, who referred me to his attorney; I await that call back for more information. Stay tuned!