ND PSC considers request for additional pipeline to connect to Dakota Access Pipeline

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Another pipeline company is asking the North Dakota Public Service Commission to let them connect with the Dakota Access Pipeline project.

Friday, a hearing was held in Watford City for a 5.3 mile-long crude oil pipeline. Caliber Bear Den Interconnect says the pipeline would transport crude oil from the Enable Midstream's Devore Terminal to the Dakota Access Watford City Terminal.

The proposed route is south of Watford City and follows U.S. Highway 85. The pipeline would carry up to 75,000 barrels of oil per day. Company officials said the uncertainty with the Dakota Access Pipeline project does cause some uneasiness but added this pipeline is not dependent on that project.

"It kind of kicks the whole concept of the project up a notch. There are other alternatives, but I can't affirmatively say we have gotten that far with it," said Skip Vest, Caliber Bear Den Interconnect.

The company is still waiting for a response from other state agencies. If approved, the project will start in May 2017 and is estimated to cost $12 million.