Mineral resources director says more pipelines needed

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MINOT, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Director of Mineral Resources says the state needs more pipelines to keep up with oil and gas production.

Lynn Helms says North Dakota, with its existing crude oil and natural gas pipelines, could run out of space in four to seven years. Helm told county officials gathering in Minot this week that every cubic foot of natural gas produced goes into one of two pipelines. And after 2022, those pipelines will be 100 percent full.

Helms says because it can take four to five years to get permits for a large pipeline project, that process needs to begin now. He says the Dakota Access Pipeline, exporting crude oil, will be full by 2025.