BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — A company wanting to build a pipeline to transport crude oil from the Bakken shale oil fields in North Dakota has started contacting property owners in western Illinois, the Illinois Farm Bureau reports.

The IFB cautions landowners about signing survey or land-access permits until more is learned about the project.

“We know some landowners along the proposed route have received letters; we just don’t know how many. The company is reaching out to those individuals whose land may be crossed by that pipeline or located near their property,” said Rae Payne, senior director of business and regulatory affairs for IFB.

The pipeline is the project of Energy Transfer Partners, a Dallas-based holding company that controls four publicly traded partnerships — Energy Transfer Partners LP, Energy Transfer Equity LP, Regency Energy Partners LP and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP.

The company proposes to build an 1,100-mile long pipeline to transfer crude oil from the Bakken/Three Forks area in North Dakota to Patoka, Ill.

At Patoka, the pipeline would connect with an existing pipeline. That existing pipeline is being converted from natural gas to crude oil.

The pipeline system would allow the company to move crude oil to East Coast markets, Gulf Coast ports and Sunoco Logistics Partners’ Nederland, Texas, crude oil terminal.

“ETP has secured multiple long-term binding contractual commitments from shippers sufficient to fully support the construction of a 30-inch pipeline to Patoka. The 30-inch diameter pipeline will initially provide 320,000 barrels per day of capacity. ETP could increase the capacity of the Bakken Pipeline based on additional customer demand,” the company said in a news release.

The company said its board on June 25 approved construction.

A map of the proposed pipeline shows it moving through several counties in Illinois, including portions of Pike and Scott counties.

“It’s in the very early stages yet. None of the route has been approved by regulatory agencies. The company has not requested that approval and we anticipate they will move in that direction,” Payne said.

He said that landowners have informed IFB that they are being asked to sign a form allowing surveyors access to their property.

The IFB advises caution before signing any forms.

“There’s no reason any landowners should grant land agents access to survey their land, particularly when there are crops in the field. If the landowners want to grant that access, they should revise the language in that survey to be more specific on the scope and timing of the right to survey. The landowners should also make sure they are comfortable with the compensation for crop damage,” Payne said.

He said that IFB will release more information as it becomes available.