Alliance Pipeline has more than 2,300 miles of pipeline running through Canada and the United States, portion of that can be found here in North Dakota.
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Alliance for their efforts to reduce impacts to native North Dakota birds and other wildlife, and for their work providing compensation for native prairie losses, during construction of their Tioga Lateral Gas pipeline.
When routing the pipeline, Alliance engineers worked to avoid native prairie grasslands. When that was not possible, Alliance replanted native species, and also purchased a grassland easement to offset unavoidable losses.
"We've always had as a core value, environmental stewardship. We take it very seriously, our efforts to reclaim what we've disturbed, and that was no different with the Tioga Lateral, which we just constructed," says Troy Meinke, Director of Health, Safety and Environment for Alliance Pipeline. "We'd really like to encourage other companies to do the same, whether its pipelines, or oil and gas drilling operations, to really look at what they're doing and try to offset their impacts," added Carol Aron, a Biologist with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.
Alliance is also conducting a study with North Dakota State University to evaluate other native grassland reclamation methods, that could be used by oil and gas companies in the future.