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PSC Proposes System For Regulating Pipelines

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With more development of oil infrastructure in the Bakken, a state agency is looking for a local touch point in regulating crude oil pipelines.

Right now, the PSC approves the siting of intra state pipelines for both oil and gas, but once a oil line becomes operational, the jurisdiction falls under the federal program PHMSA. Commissioner Kalk says the incident in Tioga is prompting the commission to consider a proposal.

"We're at the stage now defining what a program would look like, and then we'll staff it around and see where it goes to. But, I think in the end what we're trying to accomplish is to have a local touch point on liquid pipelines. I think that's what we need right now," says PSC Commissioner Brian Kalk.

Kalk says the program will likely have 2 inspectors in North Dakota, and if the Legislature were to approve it, it could be up and running by 2016.

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