North Dakota aims to double pipeline capacity


North Dakota's governor wants to double the state's pipeline capacity over the next two years as part of a plan to curb wasteful gas flaring and reduce the reliance of Bakken producers on rail and trucks to get their oil to market.

Oil production in North Dakota has more than tripled in the past decade to 1M boe/day, but the state's pipeline capacity is only ~780K boe/day; Gov. Dalrymple says the state should boost capacity to 1.4M boe/day by 2016.

The governor's overtures were timed with Enterprise Products Partners' (EPD) plans to build a first-of-its-kind 1,200-mile pipeline from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to Cushing, Okla.

ONEOK (OKE), Enbridge (ENB), MDU Resources (MDU) and other pipeline operators have been working to build natural gas networks in the state, but they have been constrained by cold weather and right-of-way issues.

While environmental groups worry about flaring, many residents see traffic as a reason to build pipe; a local officials says citizens "are less worried about global warming then they are about the 1,100 trucks that go by their mailbox every day."

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  • bigbenorr
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    Hate to say it but the pipelines wont stop the trucks....
    24 Jun 2014, 07:26 PM Reply Like
  • Energysystems
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    The trucks and rail cars will only be around until they're replaced by pipelines, if building the pipelines are economically feasible.
    24 Jun 2014, 07:45 PM Reply Like
  • bigbenorr
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    There are so many trucks there, its not just crude haulers. I know they are working on water disposal lines as well but it won't be enough. Traffic will be a nightmare for a long time.
    24 Jun 2014, 07:51 PM Reply Like
  • Energysystems
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    Thankfully, there aren't many people that'll be handcuffed by the traffic. I'm pretty sure I spend more time every week sitting in rush hour traffic around DC's beltway than anyone in North Dakota ever has.
    24 Jun 2014, 07:57 PM Reply Like
  • bigbenorr
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    yeah, its more of a safety and roadway capacity concern than anything, but probably safer than DC or NYC.....
    24 Jun 2014, 08:08 PM Reply Like
  • Nanush
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    That's why I rented a cramped, unglamorous workplace - 12 minute walk, or 4 minute bike ride from home. That's why my wife chose her job over another similar one - 12 minute walk in the other direction.
    Suburbia is crappy for kids too - my kids walked to school, walked to friends, walked to the pool, walked to guitar lessons.... and had their own bus cards by age 9. (Yeah - It might sound loony to parents sitting on the Beltway, but parents where I live allow their kids to grow up)
    Now I realize that walking, biking and bussing ain't much of an option in South Dakota.
    25 Jun 2014, 09:29 AM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    Obama will work to stop this plan.

     

    ...and North Dakota has the lowest unemployment in the United States at 2.9%.

     

    Coincidence?
    24 Jun 2014, 07:43 PM Reply Like
  • romilar
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    I don't believe the administration knows the meaning of "coincidence" Deep Value.

     

    The irony is (imo) the turmoil and chaos the powers must create to justify the need for their governance, is completely transparent to any who care to look.

     

    Self indulgent excessive government is not the cure - it is the illness....Rom
    24 Jun 2014, 09:06 PM Reply Like
  • Al_the_Plumber_of_the_Depth...
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    BUT --- maybe that won't matter much.

     

    As an oil analyst on CNBC said, "U.S. oil production is booming, and Obama can't seem to stop it!" :)

     

    BTW, ND already is ahead of 2 of the OPEC countries.
    24 Jun 2014, 09:13 PM Reply Like
  • The Rebel
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    Since this pipeline doesn't involve Canada, the State Dept. will be out in the cold on this one.
    24 Jun 2014, 10:19 PM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    The E.P.A. will be used to stick guv's nose in.
    24 Jun 2014, 10:41 PM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    Romilar...you get it. Very few others do.

     

    A highly educated, efficient, prosperous society would put a LOT of government bureaucrats out of work.
    25 Jun 2014, 04:58 AM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    Don't be surprised if the Department of the Interior is getting called off the bench to go into the game as we speak.
    25 Jun 2014, 04:59 AM Reply Like
  • dectra
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    Please stop with the unsubstantiated b/s.

     

    The President has NO intention of stopping this, and you know it.
    25 Jun 2014, 08:36 AM Reply Like
  • dectra
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    Yes, Tex....because we all KNOW how well big business 'regulates' itself to keep the environment safe....
    25 Jun 2014, 08:37 AM Reply Like
  • arthur_bishop1972
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    ND is where America's is booming again. Of course there are going to be growing
    pains.

     

    What abt all the tax rev that is coming in???
    24 Jun 2014, 10:16 PM Reply Like
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