Can use of better contractors prevent future Bakken spills?

The Dickinson Press reports that pipeline operator Summit Midstream has adopted a new policy for selecting responsible contractors that the company intends to use for future projects, including construction of a line that would connect to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The story notes that the company was previously responsible for a nearly three million gallon produced water spill. But Evan Whiteford, a career pipeliner and LIUNA representative, said that he believes the new Responsible Contractor Policy is a "step in the right direction" that could help to prevent future incidents.

Read the full story here.

The Responsible Contractor Policy covers Summit and other companies managed by Energy Capital Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in the energy infrastructure. The policy sets strict standards for contractors employed by ECP operating companies, including requirements related to safety, workforce training, and legal compliance.

See a copy of the policy below.