Billings Gazette: After being largely unchecked, N.D. giving small pipelines more attention

The Forum News Service covers North Dakota's plans to begin regulating gathering pipelines:

BISMARCK — More than 20,000 miles of gathering pipelines in North Dakota have operated with little regulation, but the supervisor of a new pipeline program says that’s changing.


North Dakota took a baby step toward regulating gathering pipelines after the 2013 legislative session when lawmakers first gave the North Dakota Industrial Commission oversight over gathering pipelines, which don’t fall under other federal or state jurisdiction.

Prior to that, the pipelines that gather crude oil, saltwater and other liquids from wells to processing facilities had no oversight. The state has nearly 23,000 miles of such pipelines and is projected to have 50,000 miles in the future.

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