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Pipeline oversight step-up

Landowners favor tougher rules

November 21, 2013

STANLEY – More than 2,000 pipelines used to gather or transfer oil and saltwater have been unregulated in North Dakota, and although the state has proposed a fix, landowners don’t believe it goes fa......

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Nov-21-13 4:38 PM

Before this year, gathering pipelines, which is by far the majority of the miles had absolutely no regulation. You could have literally strung a garden hose across the ground. No certification of material or welders, no requirements at all.

Now that has changed, now the companies self certify that they did a good job. No one really knows how many or where the pipelines are. They won't mark them if you call 811. You just have to be careful and hope you don't cut one.

If they leak slow, they can leak for years and no one knows.

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Nov-21-13 2:23 PM

I know first hand there are hundreds if not thousands of regulations to promise to honor before burying pipelines in ND. All permanent pipelines have to be permitted by the state and have some sort of over seer to make sure the regulations are followed. The hocus pocus is the employees who don't check and calibrate the valves and flows of pipelines. Why does everything have to be made so complicated? Because somebody is liable in court for damages and nobody is stepping up to take responsibility so it's falling into the states lap. The state is required in some uncertain time frame to address all complaints and to make sure for the citizens that any damages are corrected and restitution paid. It's a huge wheel and turns slowly and for the most part that is a good thing. The problems arise when a little wheel bumps the big wheel and is spun into!

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Nov-21-13 7:59 AM

yes Legend, even the Bible says so. The love of money is the root of all evil. ND would have benefited greatly from an Art Link at this time. What did we get? One former gov is now working for Continental Resources. Follow the money.

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Nov-21-13 2:41 AM

Maybe the Bismarck Bozo's will have to get with the oil companies and see if it's OK to move forward with tighter regulations. Just one more reason to vote and put some of these Bozo's on the road.

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