Pipeline Summit Addresses Safety Concerns

By The Bakken magazine staff | August 15, 2014

The second North Dakota Governor’s Pipeline Summit featured a common trend among presenters and guests: pipeline safety.

Companies across the country want to lay miles of pipeline throughout Western North Dakota to transport Bakken crude oil to refineries.

“Although rail has played a critical role, we know that over the long haul we’re looking for the safest and the most efficient way to haul oil and gas,” said N.D. Gov. Jack Dalrymple.”Pipelines are essential to the safe and efficient transportation of our oil production.”

According to Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, there are three pipelines coming on this year.

“The challenge becomes not only how do we handle today’s production, but how do we handle the future production?” said Kringstad.

The summit opened with comments from state representatives, an introduction by Dalrymple, followed by two panels. The first panel spoke about right-of-way, regulation, response and discussed issues among community members regarding pipeline safety, financial concerns, and reclamation of land for landowners.

“We spend a lot of time figuring out who these people can talk to about these concerns—to help them with an end product of what their land is going to look like when everything is done,” said Gene Veeder, executive director of the McKenzie County Job Development Authority.

The second panel addressed industry perspectives. Current and potential pipeline companies showcased their company’s potential, services and Bakken expansion plans. Enterprise Products Partner discussed a proposed 1,200-mile pipeline that would span from Stanley, N.D., to Cushing, Okla., while Alliance Pipeline discussed its accomplishments within the past couple of years.

All of the presenters stressed that pipeline safety was one of the, if not the most, important concerns with moving forward in their pipeline plans.

“We are working hard to determine what technology belongs on these pipelines,” said Dalrymple. “We look forward to being leaders not only in production, but in good care and stewardship of our products.”

Along with Enterprise’s proposed pipeline, the North Dakota Public Service Commission issued a permit approving the North Dakota Pipeline Co. LLC’s Sandpiper pipeline project.

"It is a great milestone for the state of North Dakota as the Sandpiper pipeline will have the potential to move more than 20 percent of the Williston Basin's current production,” said Mark Maki, president of Enbridge Energy Partners.

The Sandpiper pipeline project is 616 miles of pipeline that will be able to transport up to 225,000 bopd from Beaver Lodge Station in western North Dakota to Clearbrook, Minn. It will then be transferred to an affiliated Enbridge terminal in Superior, Wisc., before transport to markets in North America.

In other pipeline news, Energy Transfer Partners LP has announced the board of director’s approval to build a crude oil pipeline.

The 1,100-mile pipeline will transport Bakken crude from the Williston Basin to Patoka, Ill., where the Bakken Pipeline will interconnect with Energy Transfer’s existing 30-inch diameter Trunkline Pipeline which is currently being converted from a natural gas to a crude transportation service.  They expect to have the Bakken pipeline built and in service by the end of 2016.