ONEOK Bakken NGL Pipeline Permit Approved by North Dakota

ONEOK Bakken Pipeline, LLC, got approval from North Dakota’s Public Service Commission to build 77-mile long natural gas liquids pipeline, in a statement released by PUC.

The pipeline will start at the company's natural gas processing plant in McKenzie County and connect with another pipeline in Richland County, Montana.

The project is estimated to cost $125 million and 20-inch steel pipeline is designed to carry a maximum of 1,680,000 gallons per day.


State Officials Prepare for Public Comment on Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline

The Nebraska Public Service Commission is planning to elect five days in August of this year to allow for public comment on the proposed route of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline through the state.

Pipeline operator TransCanada applied for approval of the route of its Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would travel from western Canada to Steele City, Nebraska and connect to the southern portion of the existing pipeline to crude oil refineries in the Gulf Coast.

The $8 billion Keystone XL was first proposed under the Obama administration, which rejected the project in 2015 after a long review process of over five years. Then President Trump signed an executive order within the first month of presidency that allowed TransCanada to reapply for approval of the project.

Knowing the measure of controversy the pipeline brings to the state of Nebraska, the Public Service Commission is preparing for protests--especially following the famous, months-long protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"There's certainly going to be people in Nebraska with legitimate concerns about the pipeline and they'll want to express those, but if we have people coming in from out-of-state, those are the ones that can end up being dangerous. They don't really care about the local Nebraskans. They're there for a political agenda," Governor Pete Ricketts said in a report by the Hastings Tribune.

Ricketts supports the Keystone XL pipeline project and says that oil pipelines are still necessary to fuel the economy.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission will have until November to decide on the pipeline route, which would travel from north-central to southeast Nebraska.

Hastings Tribune



North Dakota Regulators Propose Fine Against Pipeline Developer

North Dakota regulators are proposing to fine Energy Transfer Partners, the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline, of at least $15,000 after claiming the company continued construction last month without receiving regulators’ permission.

The Public Service Commission of North Dakota announced Monday that Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer, did not ask for permission from the regulators to continue construction last month after finding certain ancient artifacts.

The company rerouted around the artifacts so as not to disturb them when they were found, which was approved by the State Historic Preservation Office. However, the regulators claim the company should have received clearance from the regulators as well.

A spokesperson for Energy Transfer says the company does not think it violated any rules but that it is currently working with the Public Service Commission. The company can agree to the fine or request a hearing.

Houston Chronicle

Diamond Pipeline Receives Approval from Arkansas Public Service Commission

Planned Diamond Pipeline Route ( Diamond Pipeline LLC )

Planned Diamond Pipeline Route (Diamond Pipeline LLC)

Diamond Pipeline LLC has received approval from the Arkansas Public Service Commission to build its 440-mile crude oil pipeline across five intrastate waterways, including the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers.

The commission filed its approval on August 31, a decision made after Diamond Pipeline settled a $6.6-million deal with Clarksville Light and Water Company last month to resolve conflict the utility had about the proposed pipeline pathway.

Under the deal, Diamond Pipeline will extend a pipe that feeds a water-intake facility that is north of the oil pipeline’s route, helping keep waterways safe from contamination.

The $900-million pipeline is a joint venture between Plains All American Pipeline and Valero Energy Corporation. It will move oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Valero’s refinery in Memphis, Tennessee and have a capacity of 200,000 barrels per day.

Construction is planned to start this year and finish in 2017.

Arkansas Online

North Dakota Regulators Approve Permits for Three Pipeline Projects

Two crude oil pipeline projects and a natural gas pipeline project gained permit approvals from North Dakota regulators, taking them one step closer to construction.

The natural gas pipeline is planned by ONEOK Bakken Pipeline LLC and would run 14.4 miles through McKenzie County. A crude oil pipeline that is planned by BOE Pipeline LLC would run 41.8 miles in Dunn and McKenzie counties, and a second crude oil pipeline that is planned by Plains Terminals North Dakota LLC would run 3.5 miles in McKenzie County.

According to Julie Fedorchak, Chairwoman of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, the three projects have been carefully examined by experts, discussed with the public, and meet the requirements for permits under the state law.

Houston Chronicle

Public Hearing Scheduled in Tioga for Proposed $4.5 Million Pipeline

Photo of a street in Tioga, North Dakota

North Dakota’s Public Service Commission announced a formal public hearing in Tioga later this month regarding the proposed $4.5 million crude oil pipeline in Williams County.

Hess North Dakota Export Logistics LLC is requesting a permit for the new Energy Transfer Partners Pipeline project. The proposed pipeline is a 12-inch diameter, 1.1-mile-long line that would carry crude oil from the Ramberg Truck Facility to the Energy Transfer Partners Facility, located about seven miles south of Tioga, North Dakota.

The Public Service Commission scheduled the hearing for July 26 at 11:00 CDT.

The Washington Times
North Dakota Public Service Commission

Plains All American Pipeline Gains Approval for Pipeline Project in North Dakota

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.

The Bismarck Tribune