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Industrial Commission Regulates Gas Lines

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Over 18,000 miles of pipelines in North Dakota are regulated under new rules from the Industrial Commission.

The commission gains jurisdiction over gathering pipelines that transfer oil, gas, salt water and liquids.  The requirements for these types of pipelines are part of the new oil and gas regulations expected to take effect next spring.  The Public Service Commission has jurisdiction over major gas pipes, but thinks the new authority for gathering lines could reduce the number of spills.

"No one wants spills, whether you're the company or the regulator or the private citizen. So, we are moving forward. This allows us to go from being a relatively small oil and gas producer, to a world class oil and gas producer while having the right regulations in place," says Brian Kalk, Public Service Commissioner.

The rules were just reviewed by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, and if approved the final rules would be adopted by April first.

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