January 7, 2016

PSC approves siting permit for Sacagawea Pipeline Project

PSC approves siting permit for Sacagawea Pipeline Project

By Jerry W. Kram

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a siting permit for a crude oil pipeline that will be built in McKenzie and Mountrail Counties.

Sacagawea Pipeline Company, LLC, is planning to construct and operate the "Sacagawea Pipeline Project," a new 70-mile long, 16-inch diameter crude oil pipeline and associated facilities.

The pipeline has been controversial because it will cross underneath Lake Sakakawea and area citizens are concerned with a number of large leaks in older pipelines both on and around the Fort Berthold Reservation. A salt water leak near Mandaree unleashed a million gallons of brine, some of which likely reached the lake. A massive million gallon oil leak near Tioga has been under reclamation for a year.

The pipeline will go under the lake about 10 miles south of New Town. It will transfer oil from the Paradigm Midstream Services terminal about a two and a half miles south of Keene to the Phillips 66 Rail Terminal at Palermo. It will cross North Dakota Highway 23 about two miles east of New Town.

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