North Dakota state regulators approved a 10-mile, 8-inch diameter crude oil pipeline project on Wednesday proposed by Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline. The operator company sent in the proposal to the North Dakota Public Service Commission for the pipeline to run from the Robinson Lake Facility in Mountrail County to the Van Hook Rail Facility just southeast of New Town.
The pipeline project is estimated at $9 million and would be able to move up to 25,000 barrels per day of crude oil. Construction is expected to be completed by this summer.
According to a Public Service Commission spokeswoman, the project experienced delays due to its proximity to a U.S. Air Force missile silo.
The pipeline will be constructed with a leak detection system and monitored for 24 hours a day from a Houston site.