The North Dakota Public Service Commission last Monday approved a pipeline siting permit for the Bakken Oil Express 16-inch crude oil pipeline.
By Pat Ratliff
The pipeline will run 38 miles between Killdeer and Dickinson. Starting at a tanker truck unloading and pumping facility just west of the intersection on Hwy. 22 and Hwy. 200, the pipeline will end at the Bakken Oil Express rail facility west of Dickinson.
The rail facility has been operational since 2011.
The $14 million pipeline will have a maximum capacity of 165,000 barrels per day, the equivalent of eliminating up to 825 tanker trucks per day off ND Highway 22. Construction is expected to take 12-14 weeks.
“Construction could start any day now,” Chris Lewis of Bakken Oil Express said.
Eventually, existing wells along the route will hook up to the pipeline in addition to using the oil from the tanker truck unloading facility.
“We’ve got plenty of room to expand,” Lewis said. “There’s no way the tanker facility can handle all that.”
“This pipeline provides a safe and efficient transportation method for significant volumes of crude oil and will eliminate hundreds of tanker trucks from one of the state’s busiest stretches of highway,” North Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Julie Fedorchak, who holds the siting portfolio, said. “This is an important addition to the infrastructure serving our state’s growing energy industry.”
The design, construction and operation of the transmission pipeline will be in accordance with United States Department of Transportation regulations.
Company officials said the pipeline’s control center will be located in Killdeer and will be monitored 24 hours/day. The pipeline will be equipped with emergency shut-off valves and flow meters that measure all product coming in and out of the pipeline.
“This order contains a directive that requires the company to inform the PSC of any spills that are reported to other state and federal agencies,” Commissioner Brian Kalk, chairman of the PSC, said. “This is a first for the PSC and certainly appropriate.”
“Based on our hearing it appears the company has done a good job of working with impacted landowners,” Commissioner Randy Christmann said. “Building that relationship with the landowners is an important first step in the long-term operation of the project.”
For more information, contact the Public Service Commission at 701/328-2400 or www.psc.nd.gov.