Bipartisan efforts result in pipeline protection bill

Sen. John Warner, D-Ryder, and Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, welcomed the news that Sen. Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, and Rep. Bert Anderson, R-Crosby, joined a bipartisan effort to provide protections against the oil and saltwater spills that have become all too common.

Senate Bill 2374 requires safeguards in the siting and placement of gas and liquid pipelines. The bill comes on the heels of one of the largest brine spills in North Dakota history.
“It is unacceptable that saltwater pipeline operators are not required to bond these projects,” said Warner. “When three million gallons of toxic saltwater brine spoils our land, we shouldn’t be left asking whether pipeline operators have the resources to clean up their mess. The pipeline protection bill will assure concerned North Dakotans that when a tragedy like this occurs, those protections are in place.”
The bill, introduced late Monday, requires all pipelines installed after June 30, 2017 to have flow meters and pressure cutoff switches, and requires that pipeline operators put a bond on new pipeline construction.

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